Thurman: “He Beat Pacquiao; There’s A Little Redemption If I Beat Ugas!”

Keith Thurman Sees Value in Fighting Yordenis Ugas

Keith Thurman open to a fight with Yordenis Ugas
Yordenis Ugas (L), Keith Thurman (Facebook)

Keith Thurman Leaning into a Fight with Yordenis Ugas

Well it would appear that former unified welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (30-1, 22 KO’s) is heading back to the ring. Currently, Thurman has remained on the sidelines for the last year and a half since he fought Mario Barrios last February. Prior to that, One Time hadn’t fought since his 2019 duel with Manny Pacquiao. Now, according to Thurman, there is a strong possibility that he’ll face one-time welterweight champion Yordenis “54 Milagros” Ugas (27-5, 12 KO’s). One Time dropped the news on the Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer.

“It’s a great fight, so we’ll talk about it as a great fight. So [if] we get the fight, we get things to manifest, that’s a great fight. Ugas, he’s done big things. He beat Pacquiao, I lost to Pacquiao, right? Pacquiao’s retired, Thurman never gets to punch Pacquiao again, right?

But there is a little redemption, right? If I beat someone who beat the guy who beat me . . . that’s when eventually you can say not only do styles make boxing, but athletes at certain parts of their career’s they’re either more closer to that 100% or they’re not quite at their optimal performance.

My body is feeling great, everything is good this year. I believe that I am optimal and I look forward to showcasing my skills and talent once again and I believe that it makes a good fight!”


Many moons ago, Thurman was the man to beat in the division. Yet, injuries and some questionable business decisions have kept him very inactive for a staggering amount of time. If given his way, the native Floridian would love to achieve championship status once again. After a quick appraisal of the 147-pound landscape however, that may not be the easiest goal to accomplish at 34 years of age and with 16 years as a pro under his belt.

Luckily for Thurman however, Ugas has been out of action for the same length of time. Even worse for 54 Milagros, he is coming off a costly loss to unified 147-pound champion Errol Spence Jr. who took his title and stopped him in the tenth. Suspended in these professionally precarious situations, if signed, this upcoming duel has “must-win” written all over it for both men!

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