#Boxing Report: Thurman stays unbeaten, beats Zaveck like a drum - By John J. Raspanti - Doghouse Boxing News

Thurman stays unbeaten, beats Zaveck like a drum
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (March 12, 2013)

Keith Thurman
Rising welterweight Keith “One Time” Thurman (21-0 19 KOs) outpointed former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (32-3, 18 KOs) over 12 rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The bout was telecast on HBO.
In the opening stanza, Thurman, 24, stuck his jab in Zaveck’s face. Zaveck landed a looping right to the head (his most effective punch during the fight).
Thurman connected with some good body shots. Two left hooks stung Zaveck in round two.
Zaveck, 36, again clipped Thurman with his right hand.
Thurman boxed smartly in round three. His heavy jab surprised Zaveck. His bodywork continued. Zaverk, with a chin of granite, caught two hard left hooks but didn’t blink. Thurman,24, went back to work in round four. His check hook shook Zaveck, but the veteran continued to move forward. A minute later a right left combination knocked Zaveck back.
In round five, Thurman, moving side to side, connected with a four punch combination. Zaveck looked a little discouraged at the bell. The gutsy Zaveck bounced back with two short left hooks in round six. He also landed a pretty good right hand. Thurman went back on the attack in round seven. He potshoted Zaveck with combinations. Zaveck answered with another right hand.
In round eight, Zaveck lost his mouthpiece for the third time. His pressure was unending. Thurman kept on working.
Entering round nine, this writer had Thurman well ahead. The young fighter clobbered Zaveck with a heavy right. He soon followed up with a uppercut that got a rise from the crowd. In round 10, both fighters landed left hooks. Zaveck ate more leather during the stanza. Thurman unloaded two right hands that really hurt the former champion.
Thurman’s onslaught persisted in round 11. A few more home run blows connected. Zaveck was surviving on guts. In round 12, Thurman, who had never gone past eight rounds, moved and boxed. A right hand stopped Zaveck in his tracks. The tough old pro did land two rights at the bell.
All three judges scored the bout 120-108 for Thurman.
“It was a great boxing lesson for me,” Thurman said in the ring after the bout. “I’m happy with my performance.”

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