Keith Thurman

Keith thurman vs mario barrios: the awaited return of the great former welterweight champion is approaching

This Saturday, February 5, will take place the expected fight between Keith Thurman and Mario Barrios at 147 lbs (welterweight), which will be the main event of the interesting boxing day organized by TGB Promotions and PBC at the Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The co-main event of the night will also be very attractive, so find out here the details of the card.

Keith Thurman VS Mario Barrios

Former 147 lb champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman returns to the ring after 2.5 years of inactivity, as his last fight took place on July 20, 2019, where he lost by split decision to legend Manny Pacquiao. Thurman will arrive with a professional record of 29-1 with 22 wins by knockout.

For his part, Mario Barrios will make his debut at 147 lbs, and what a way to do it: facing a recent former champion of this weight class. Barrios has a professional record of 26-1, with 17 wins by knockout, and arrives after losing for the first time in his career against Gervonta Davis in a very interesting fight where despite demanding a lot from Davis, he ends up losing by KO in round 11.

The importance of weight in this fight will apparently be decisive, because on one side is Keith Thurman, who was recently champion at 147 lbs, a dominant champion who despite losing his belt in his last fight, managed to make very interesting and effective defenses against Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia and Josesito Lopez.

On the other side is a young Mario Barrios, who at 26 years old has a very good record of fights, he has just become champion at 140 lbs, however, in his records the most representative fights have been against Batyr Akhmedov and Gervonta Davis, losing the second fight.

Barrios comes in at 147 lbs to face a big fish in the division, and it causes a lot of doubt about fans whether he is ready enough for a challenge of this magnitude, especially considering he is coming off a knockout in a lower weight division.

Thurman vs Barrios: main card

Bout Description
Leo Santa Cruz vs Keenan Carbajal
10 rounds in the featherweight
Abel Ramos vs Lucas Santamaria
10 rounds in welterweight
Jesus Alejandro Ramos vs Vladimir Hernandez
10 rounds in super welterweight

The night’s co-main event fight will feature Leo Santa Cruz, who returns to the ring after a long layoff following his defeat by Gervonta Davis on October 31, 2020 in a 130 lb. championship bout. Santa Cruz will be looking to get back into the rhythm of competition and get back on the winning track, especially considering that he is still recognized as the current WBA super featherweight champion.

Watch here the final press conference of Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios card.

Watch a few moments from the Thurman vs. Porter fight, and the in-ring interview (via PBC).

What will this fight between former champions leave us with? The reality is that if Thurman did not come after such a long inactivity, we would probably talk about him being the overwhelming favorite, however, despite the last defeat of Barrios, his pace of competition has remained more consistent and he has never failed to reflect good boxing in his fights.

If Thurman wins, we will probably be talking about the rebirth of this boxer, who will continue to look for high-level fights to get back to the top of the welterweight rankings and become worthy of a championship fight, taking into account that the current champions are Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr. and Yordenis Ugas.

If Barrios takes the win, we will be talking very strongly not only about the growth of a new figure at 147 lbs, but also about the strong decline of a champion who after being defeated by Manny Pacquiao most likely lost motivation or focus in his professional career.

Get ready for next Saturday’s bout, and tell us in the comments who you think will be the winner between Keith Thurman and Mario Barrios? Tthurman arrives as the favorite, but do you think Bbarrios can pull off the upset? Check out more news related to Keith Thurman, Mario Barrios, Leo Santa Cruz and the welterweight divison.

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