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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman beats Danny Garcia for another belt

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Over his left shoulder, Keith Thurman held a world championship belt. In his right hand, Thurman held another world championship belt. Next? Thurman beat previously unbeaten champion Danny Garcia in a split decision Saturday night to double his titles. The two were divided on judges at 115-113, while the third judge scored it 116-112 in favor of Thurman. The CBS unofficial scorekeeper also had at 116-112. “One Time became Two Times, baby,” said Thurman, referring to his “One Time” nickname.…

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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman seeks to add another belt tonight

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Deep down, Keith Thurman knows. Deep down, he believes. This one, this one, will be tougher than his fight-of-the-year victory over Shawn Porter. This one, this one, will be more of a challenge. This one, this one, puts his face at risk. For Thurman, this is the fight to silence any doubters, although after his victory over Porter, there can’t be many left. This time, he fights to unify the WBA and WBO welterweight title belts when he matches his…

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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman seeks another belt in his collection

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Champion of the world here. Champion of the world there. Unbeaten fighter here. Unbeaten fighter there. Hungry athlete here. Hungry athlete there. And so it is that history awaits Clearwater boxer Keith Thurman, whose next test is March 4 against Danny Garcia in New York. For Thurman, it mght be his toughest challenge yet. Garcia is 33-0 and the WBO champion. Thurman is 27-0 and WBA champion. For a lot of boxers, being the champion is the goal. For Thurman,…

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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman beats Shawn Porter by unanimous decision

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You could call him “Twenty-seven time,” but it doesn’t quite have the same ring. Keith Thurman, 27-0, retained his WBA Welterweight Championship Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision over Shawn Porter. The score on the cards of all three judges – and CBS’s unofficial scorekeeper – was 115-113. The crowd, however, booed the decision, even though Porter continuously forced clinches throughout the fight. “I want to thank Shawn Porter for a tremendous fight. He’s a great warrior,” said Thurman, 27, who…

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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman ready for big fight against Shawn Porter

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The two beasts danced across the ring, moving together. They were quick and fast, and they were playful, and they were well-conditioned. The Big Champion and the Little Champion. Keith Thurman (26-0) would reach down and pat the head of the pit bull, and then he would dance away. And Little Champion would come bounding after. Keith would duck his head, dodging in and out, teasing and taunting. Finally, Little Champion, the one-year-old dog, laid down and rolled over on…

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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman carves out his own boxing legacy

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At first glance, it does not look so lethal, so dangerous. It is open, friendly, the type of hand that seems reserved for applause. It is warm as it embraces you. You would never guess the pain it carries. Make no mistake, however. As quickly as you can say “One Time,” the right hand of Keith Thurman can turn out your lights. The face, too, is smiling and friendly. The voice is quiet and filled with perspective. The eyes dance…

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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…

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