"It's a good one, you know. I mean, I really got no complaints. He's high up in the ranking system and for where I'm at in my career right now, it's another challenge, it's another test, and I'm looking forward to it," stated undefeated welterweight contender Keith Thurman, who shared his thoughts on facing former welterweight champion Jan Zaveck when he makes his return to the ring on the March 9 undercard of Hopkins vs. Cloud. Most fans will remember Zaveck from his gutsy performance against Andre Berto, who he lost his title to after a nasty cut over his eye brought a halt to the action after 5 rounds. Although the severity of the cut prevented the fight from continuing, it was actually Zaveck who appeared to be coming on strong down the stretch. It's a fact that Thurman has already made note of and he has no plans of underestimating his lesser-known opponent.
"You know, that Berto fight, yeah man, the cut is what ended the fight. Zaveck definitely had plenty of fight left in him and a lot of people believe that if the fight was to continue, Zaveck was going to be coming more and more active in the fight, or whatnot, so I know not to underestimate this guy," Thurman explained. "Technically, besides that one fight, he's never really been truly stopped. It's not like it was his choice to quit the fight or something, so I'm just really looking forward to the challenge. Like I said, it's just another stepping stone in climbing up in the ranks."
Whether or not Zaveck will just be a stepping stone remains to be seen, however, Thurman is thankful that someone is giving him another opportunity to display his talent. "Like I said, Zaveck has a great ranking, great position, and I'm surprised he's taking the fight. I'm really happy though. I mean, this is what I meant when I was calling out the world of boxing. People who are up in the ranks and who are ready to make a statement, let's go," he added. "If you think you're the man, you think you belong on top, I'm a man trying to make it to the top, so put me in my place. Show me that I'm too young. All the things that the critics be writing about, prove that. Prove those critics right, because my job is to prove those critics wrong."
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