One of the brightest American prospects in boxing today is Keith Thurman. The 22-year-old Clearwater-based junior middleweight has a record of 15-0 with 14 KO’s. I first learned about this hard-hitting phenom eight years ago after he sparred with a prospect that my friend Mike Onello trained.
Thurman, who is renowned as a very powerful puncher though lacking in finesse and boxing skills, should benefit greatly from the experience his new trainer Dan Birmingham. Birmingham is best known for his long association with the great champion Ronald Winky Wright.
Thurman’s last fight was last November at the MGM Grand, where he stopped Favio Medina (23-3-3, 8 KO’s) in the fourth round with a left hook.