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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman defends WBA welterweight title

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If you’re going to be in a fight, why travel far from home to do it?

Clearwater’s Keith Thurman, 26, successfully defended his World Boxing Association welterweight title Saturday night at the Sun Dome in Tampa, beating Luis Collazo on a technical knockout in the eighth round. Collazo was cut and informed the referee he could not continue.

After the match, Thurman called out champion Floyd Mayweather.

“I’m a young, strong champion, Floyd,” he shouted into the microphone. “Come and get it. I’m undefeated like you. Come take my (zero). I’m ready.”

Thurman is now 26-0 with 22 knockouts.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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