WBA welterweight world champion Keith Thurman is only a few days away from his long awaited return to the ring.
This Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Thurman will defend his title against veteran Josesito Lopez, who comes in a massive underdog in the contest.
Thurman is back for the first time since March of 2017, after winning a twelve round split decision over Danny Garcia to unify the WBC, WBA welterweight belts.
Thurman would eventually vacate the WBC title due to injuries, inactivity and mandatory obligations being pushed upon him.
At the moment, one of the biggest fights in the division is a unification between Thurman and IBF world champion Errol Spence.
Spence is scheduled to defend his title in March against big underdog Mikey Garcia, who moves up by two weight divisions to take the fight.
“I had a lot of ups and downs, but once we got into camp, we did what we had to do. We slowly improved each day and now we’re ready. It was a slow start, but we’re going to be finishing strong on Saturday,” Thurman said.
“When I’m outside of the ring, I’m not the jealous type watching other people perform. But I feel better when I’m here living out my dream. These past weeks, I have just felt so good. I feel fantastic and ready to perform. I’m going to be an active fighter and one of the best welterweights in the world today.
“My ranking, my ‘0’ and my accomplishments haven’t gone anywhere. I’ve been out of sight and out of mind for a little, but I’m back now. You can’t block a star from shining. We’re in the galaxy and shining bright.”
As far as Spence himself, Thurman has no problem with taking that fight – but he’s indicated several times that it likely won’t happen this year.
“I’m definitely interested in a big unification fight with Errol Spence Jr. When I first met Errol at MGM Grand years ago, I told him that it’s nice to meet him and I can’t wait to get in there and scrap it out. I’m humble, but I’m also honest. I’m a man of my word. It doesn’t matter how many years ago that I said it, but from that day to this day, it’s a true statement,” Thurman said.