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Q&A Thurman: 'I'm a warrior for life'
Undefeated welterweight contender Keith Thurman's 10th-round stoppage of Diego Chaves represented his 10th knockout victory in his last 11 bouts.
Florida-based welterweight contender Keith "One Time" Thurman promised "heavy missiles coming from both sides" of last Saturday's 10th-round knockout of Argentina's hammer-fisted Diego Chaves, and the 24-year-old welterweight delivered before a Showtime-televised audience from the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Thurman (21-0, 19 knockouts) broke down the hard-punching, hard-charging Chavez (22-1, 18 KOs), dropping his 27-year-old rival once each during the last two rounds for his 10th stoppage victory during his past 11 bouts, ending Chaves' run of five consecutive knockout wins.
Thurman was coming off of a a unanimous-decision rout of Jan Zaveck in March that ended his own streak of stoppage wins at nine. Promoted by Golden Boy and advised by Al Haymon, Thurman shared his thoughts about his experience against Chaves, and, his future in this Q&A below.
Thurman also commented on the miscue he made during his post-fight interview in the ring, when he thanked the city of San Diego, later, correcting himself as being in San Antonio.
But, even then, I really didn't mind those punches, because I wanted him to throw them. I just don't know if I really wanted him to land them. I think that on a personal level, I took a few extra blows, but, that's ultimately the sacrifice of a fighter, and those are sacrifices that I'm 100 percent willing to take when I take a fight.
RingTV.com: So you felt that the rounds were that close?
KT: Well, let me make this comment. They were all close rounds during the first three, but it was in the third round that I felt that I was getting my rhythm. I felt like I knew what I had to do against this guy. I already felt like he was slightly fading from the end of round three.
As soon as about the middle of round three, it was at that point when he caught me with a shot that busted my nose. I ended up leaking from it for the rest of the night.
But it was at the end of that round that I raised my hand. That was to let all of my fans, and, technically, my family that was watching, I was letting them know that your boy was okay and that I was about to do my thing.
RingTV.com: How does his power compare to others you've fought?
I believe that was in the third or the fourth round, but it didn't take long for the sensation to go away, and as soon as it went away, I just said, "Well, we're back in this fight." So I kept pressing, and I never took a blow like that again in the fight.
RingTV.com: What do you think took it out of Chaves? Your movement? The intensity of the fight? Any particular punches you were throwing, or a combination of all of the above?
RingTV.com: What type of opponent do see for yourself, and would you want to be the main event?
RingTV.com: How much feedback have you gotten about the San Diego comment?
I'm not the first do it, and I'm certainly not going to be the last. I also made the statement at the post-fight press conference that there are too many "San's' out there, man. There's San Diego, Santa Monica, San Juan, San Francisco, and they have us fight everywhere. When I flew in, I was very focused on the fight.
I got to see a little bit of the city, but I didn't look at it as a tourist attraction, and I was barely paying attention to where I was. I was focusing on the fight, you know? I really come hard and I come mentally prepared with a really finite focus, you know?
It was just a blooper, man. I haven't heard too much about it, but I've read a little bit about it. Everyone is bashing me on it, but it is what it is. We're just going to move on to the next one.
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