2021 was a ferocious year in the boxing ring with some shocking upsets and iconic moments. Most of the boxing fan’s attention now turns to February 5 and the Las Vegas showdown between Keith Thurman and Mario Barrios.
After a long-term gap of two years, Keith Thurman returns to the ring once again. Supporters and fans are waiting to see the Former Unified Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman in Las Vegas against Former Super Lightweight World champion Mario Barrios on February 5, 2022.
- Event: Thurman vs. Barrios
- Date: Saturday 02.05.2022 at 10:00 PM ET
- Venue: Michelob Ultra Arena
- Enclosure: Ring
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Bout Billing: Main Event
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 147 lbs (66.7 kg)
- Sport: Boxing
A Small Brief About Keith Thurman
Keith Thurman is a professional American Boxer. He was born on November 23, 1988. Nicknamed “One Time” for his formidable knockout power, Thurman is considered one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division. He is a former unified welterweight world champion, having held the WBA title from 2015 to 2019 and the WBC title from 2017 to 2018.
Professional Carrier of Keith Thurman
In his early carries, he debuted as a light middleweight against Kensky Rodney in a scheduled four-round fight on November 9, 2007, when he was just 18s. On TeleFutura, Thurman beat the undefeated Stalinn Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs) in an exciting fight in 2010.
In 2013 Thurman won the WBA interim welterweight champion title by knocking out Chaves in the 10th round of a very competitive fight. Thurman boxed patiently, cautiously and smartly, pacing himself. In 2016 Thurman won the fight match via split decision with the scorecards 116–112, 113-115 & 115–113, making him a unified welterweight world champion.
Keith Thurman Injury Update
Injuries are following Keith Thurman around. Thurman had right elbow surgery to remove bone spurs and calcium deposits in 2019. Due to his rehabilitation, he agreed to relinquish his WBC title at this time. Unfortunately, Keith Thurman has suffered two consecutive injuries that have kept him out of the ring.
Thurman left the ring for the first time in 30 professional fights without the win because of pain in his hand. After picking up his only loss against Pacquiao, Thurman underwent surgery to fuse the metacarpal bones in his left hand. And after a long term, Keith Thurman recovered from face injuries and practiced more and more to fight again.
Keith Thurman Professional Records
Keith Thurman was called “One Time” for his strength in the boxing ring by his fans and supporters. He has a fantastic professional boxing record in his carrier. In Thurman’s 31 fights, he won 22 fights by knockout and 7 by decision. Thurman had only one fight loss in his carrier since 2019 against Manny Pacquiao.
A Short Brief About Mario Barrios
Mario Barrios is a professional American Boxer. He was born on May 18, 1995. He is ranked as the world’s ninth-best active super lightweight as October 2021. He held the WBA (Regular) super lightweight title from 2019 to June 2021.
Professional Carrier of Mario Barrios
Mario Barrios started as a professional boxer in 2013. In 2019 Barrios won against Juan Jose Velasco by a spectacular body shot in the second round. Mario Barrios won against undefeated Batyr Akhmedov unanimously, with scores of 114–112, 115–111, 116–111.
He claimed the vacant WBA (Regular) super lightweight title in a tough contest. Barrios made his first professional loss against fellow undefeated Gervonta Davis on Showtime PPV on June 26, 2021, at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Mario Barrios Professional Records
Keith Thurman was called “El Azteca” for his speed in the boxing ring by his fans and supporters. He has a fantastic professional boxing record in his carrier. In Mario’s 27 fights, he won 17 fights by knockout and 9 by decision. Mario Barrios had only one fight loss in his carrier since 2021 against Gervonta Davis.
Keith Thurman Shared Insights for the Match
After his comeback, Keith Thurman shared insights of his training and practicing session and all about this match against Mario Barrios. Let’s see what he said?
About his curiosity to get into rings, he said, “I have been counting down the days, the weeks, the moments that I rise back into the ring. The fact I have been out for more than two years is one of the reasons why Barrios has stepped up to this challenge with confidence, but that form of confidence is a mistake.”
Mario Barrios Shared Insights for the Match
Former super lightweight world champion Mario “El Azteca” Barrios shared insights into his training camp. He discussed making his welterweight debut before he squares off against former unified welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman. Let’s see what he said?
About his camping skills, he said, “I am a dangerous fighter, I possess a lot of skills in the ring, I think he (Thurman) made a mistake if he is looking at me as a tune-up fight. I have an incredible training camp.
Since my last fight, I’ve stayed in shape and headed to the Bay Area to start camp with Virgil Hunter about three weeks ago; I have an incredible training camp. I’ve stayed in shape since my last fight and headed to the Bay Area to start camp with Virgil Hunter about three weeks ago.”
Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios Match Preview
Mario Barrios will make his welterweight debut while Keith Thurman comes from injury after two years. Mario Barrios stayed in the gym for his training and wanted to come back even sooner. Barrios was a great champion; he was never stepped up to this caliber; he has not seen this speed; he has not seen this power.
Keith Thurman is back right, so it feels like health Thurman has put the welterweight division on notice former two-belt champion. Thurman is finally returning to the ring, and it’s happening on February 5 on Fox Sports PBC Pay-Per-View against Mario Barrios.
Thurman knows how to train; he knows how to fight. This is nothing new to him. He is going to come to this fight fully loaded and ready for action that looks all of Keith Thurman’s fights are tough. Mario Barrios is a very strong and confident fighter.
How to Get Tickets for Thurman vs Barrios Matches
Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios will meet at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Los Angeles, CA. The tickets prices of this Fox PBC PPV event start from 105$ to 3019$. Boxing tickets for the upcoming Thurman vs Barrios fight are still available through Ticketmaster, barrystickets.com, axs.com.
How to Watch Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios on TV?
The FOX Sports PPV show is expected to begin at 9:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM PST. The Fite tv PPV UK broadcast of the card is scheduled to start at 2:00 AM (GTM).
How to Watch Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios on Stream Online?
You can stream Thurman vs Barrios via Fite.tv on a PPV basis in the US. In the UK, you can stream Thurman vs Barrios via Fite.tv on a PPV basis. Once purchased, you can watch on your Smart TV, Phone or Desktop PC, and they have apps available on Roku, Xbox, Chromecast and Apple TV.
The welterweight division is still so exciting best fighters in the world at the very top. People have loved to see Keith Thurman reestablish himself; there always liked him as a fighter, fans are excited to see him. The division is still one of the deepest in boxing and has some biggest stars. The match between Keith Thurman and Mario Barrios would be big business, huge for fans, and exciting to watch.