Thurman defeats Bundu
LAS VEGAS — Keith Thurman may have won the battle by outboxing an awkward Leonard Bundu on Saturday, but he clearly lost the war when it came to announcing himself as an attractive candidate to face Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs), who aggressively called out Mayweather at Friday’s weigh-in, put forth a patient, technical performance to outlast a tough Bundu by shutout scores of 120-107 on all three cards in the co-main event of the Amir Khan-Devon Alexander welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
But Thurman, nicknamed “One Time,” was unable to come through on his promise of a knockout. In fact, he backpedaled for the majority of the bout, drawing boos from those in attendance throughout.
“This is the sport of boxing. I pick how I want to fight,” Thurman said. “I felt rusty from being off for eight months. I decided to keep boxing and not go for the knockout. It was really good for me to hang in there and get the 12 rounds of experience.
“[Bundu] was hard to fight. He’s a live veteran. I learned that I need to work on being able to go after a knockout and not just sit back and counter.”
Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KOs) utilized an awkward rhythm to constantly switch stances and make things difficult. While Thurman deserves credit for a mature boxing performance and never overextending himself, he allowed the light-hitting Bundu, 40, to be the aggressor throughout.
“I’m happy with my performance,” Bundu said. “He was moving too much. He’s a good puncher. He has power. But he shouldn’t be there waiting for me.”
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