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Keith Russell: Regardless Of Title, ‘I’m One Of Greatest’

Regardless of holding a title or not, Keith Thurman believes he has a strong standing in the boxing welterweight division.

Keith Thurman is set to return to the ring in February.

Thurman will face Mario Barrios on February 5 live on FOX Sports PBC pay-per-view. The event takes place in Las Vegas.

A former unified welterweight champion, Thurman knows how important this bout is.

“Boxing is my American Dream come true,” proclaimed Thurman during one of his training sessions at his home boxing gym, the St. Pete Boxing Club. “This is my life, this is my passion, this is what I do. This is where I put my blood, my sweat, my tears. It’s why I wear red, white, and blue every time I fight.”

The last time he fought was in 2019 when he dropped a decision to Manny Pacquiao. That ended a 29-fight win streak for Thurman, that included eight title defenses.

“The sport of boxing, my legacy, is not over. The story is still being written. In 2022 we have a new chapter for Keith Thurman…With a belt, without the belt, I’m one of the greatest welterweights in the world today.
“This sport is one of the toughest in the world. If you’re looking for action. If you’re looking for entertainment, you’re going to want to watch our show on February 5.”

Barrios is also coming off his first loss, a finish by Gervonta Davis. He dropped the WBA super lightweight title to Davis and is 26-1 overall. 

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