How To Beat Keith Thurman

Throughout his boxing career, Keith Thurman has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them inside striking range. If he is successful, Keith will pay attention to the hand placement of the opponent to determine the next course of action. For instance, if the opponent places the hands at jaw level or higher, Keith will target the body by either throwing the left jab followed by the straight right hand or left and right hooks. This is because the opponent usually can’t drop his fists in time to block or deflect the strike. On the other hand, if the opponent places the hands below the jaw, Thurman will target the head with the same mixture of punches. After he figures out the hand placement of the opponent, Keith will leap or extend his body forward to eliminate the small space between he and his rival. If he can achieve that objective, Keith Thurman will attack the open area on his opponent’s body. On the other hand, if the opponent can time when Thurman is about to leap or extend forward, he can slide back causing Keith to swing wide and leave himself open for a counter.

However, one can argue that Keith Thurman’s fighting style will be the catalyst for his first loss. This is because every time he moves forward to close the distance, Keith maintains his hands at or about jaw-level for the majority of the time he is in the ring. Due to this, Thurman is continuously giving his opponents an opportunity to land punches to the body without resistance. As a result of this, when Keith Thurman comes forward, his opponent should look to duck under the jab and throw one or two punches to the body. Once the opponent is done, he should circle out of striking range in either direction. The game plan should force Keith to regularly reset and slowly drain him of energy. If the opponent can successfully implement the game plan for the first half of the fight, Keith should become more of a stationary target in the latter half. As a result, he should have the opportunity to stand his ground and throw more power punches.