Thurman , 22 KOs successfully returned from elbow and hand surgeries yet looked pedestrian if not outright vulnerable at times as he was rocked by Josesito Lopez in their Premier Boxing Champions main event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
It was a performance so human, in fact, that Thurman may have secured himself a fall pay-per-view date against year-old WBA secondary champion Manny Pacquiao. That was a beautiful fight.
I'd fight him in the Philippines if that's where he wanted it, baby. Subscribe to my podcast -- State of Combat with Brian Campbell -- where we take an in-depth look at the world of boxing each week. Thurman, 30, who hadn't fought since outpointing Danny Garcia in their March unification bout, took home the decision on judges scores of and But the third judge scored it , rewarding the constant pressure of Lopez , 19 KOs.
CBS Sports had it Relying on his footwork and hard counter punches, Thurman dominated in the early going and dropped Lopez with a left hook to the chin in Round 2.
But Lopez began to slowly rally with pressure, even if he wasn't necessarily winning rounds.
The momentum began to swing in the underdog's favor in Round 6 when he rocked Thurman in the corner with a looping right hand.
One round later, a left hook from Lopez wobbled Thurman and left him backpedaling and wounded the rest of the round as Lopez lit him up until the bell.
I was trying to stay on the outside and I was just a little off on my prediction because of his long arms and the way that he was lunging in, willing to really swing and commit for that knockout.
He also landed 45 percent of his power shots. ET, with our live blog below.
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