By: Kirk Jackson
The man who goes by “One Time” will be the first to headline Prime Video’s first significant boxing event for the streaming service.
Keith Thurman (30-1, 22 KO’s -1 No Contest) will step in the ring March 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, in what will mark an absence of more than 26 months since last being in the ring.
“I’m back in action and I’m happy to be a part of this first event with PBC on Prime Video,” said Thurman.
“[Tim] Tszyu stands out as an exceptional fighter, and I’ve always held admiration for his performances. His distinctive style provides the perfect stage for me to exhibit the relentless dedication I’ve poured into training, refining my skills, and fortifying my mental game. This fight promises a spectacular showdown between two of the most electrifying fighters in the sport, an event that demands attention.”
The card marks the debut event for Premier Boxing Champions Pay-Per-View, available through Prime Video, since the parties announced a landmark, multiyear rights agreement in December.
The co-main event features the provocative WBA super lightweight world champion Rolando Romero (15-1, 13 KOs’), making his make first title defense against top lightweight contender Isaac Cruz (25-2-1, 17 KOs’), who is making his debut at 140-pounds.
In addition to the PPV being available for purchase on Prime Video, regardless of Prime membership, fans will also have access to the telecast through traditional cable and satellite outlets.
Thurman, is one of the more entertaining fighters and engaging personalities in the sport over the last several years.
The Stillwater native also has one of the most impressive resumes among the top welterweights of this generation, having defeated former world champions Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero.
Thurman’s only defeat is a razor thin decision loss against the legendary Manny Pacquiao.
For this upcoming attraction, Thurman’s dancing partner, is the undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Tim Tszyu (24-0, 17 KO’s).
Tim Tszyu, the son of International Boxing Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu, aims to build upon a tremendous 2023 campaign that saw him elevated to world champion at 154-pounds. During this stretch, he defeated former world champion Tony Harrison, top contender Brian Mendoza and former title challenger Carlos Ocampo.
The Sydney, Australia native had been clamoring for a match-up with previous undisputed kingpin at 154-pounds Jermell Charlo (35-2-1, 19 KO’s).
With Charlo attending to other matters outside of the ring, it’s uncertain if that match will ever come into fruition. With that scenario, other opportunities may be entertained – enter Keith Thurman.
“I’ve been ready and waiting to headline a historic event like this in the U.S. for a very long time and it’s an honor that I don’t take lightly,” said Tszyu.
“My father did it, and was at the top of the world for a decade, now it’s my turn. Thurman is a great fight, he’s tricky, tough and he’s mixed it with the very best the sport has seen. This is a new era now. It’s the Tszyu era.”
Immediate questions stemming from this announcement:
How will Thurman adjust to fighting at a higher weight, will it be a factor?
- (Thurman started his professional career in this weight class but eventually moved down to welterweight).
How will inactivity affect Thurman?
- (Second longest stretch of inactivity in professional career – 26 months).
How will Tszyu fare in his second appearance on US soil?
- (First fight was against Terrell Gausa back in 2022).
Will Tszyu’s offensive technical precision and punching power wear Thurman down over 12 rounds?
- (Tszyu has KO percentage of 70.83% and Thurman is regarded as not having great durability over the course of a fight).
Can Thurman ward off Tszyu and Father Time?
- (Thurman has never been stopped, has higher KO percentage [ 73.33% >70.83% ] than Tszyu).
We’ll find out the answers to these pivotal questions soon.
“Good things come to those that wait,” said Thurman. “Them days are over, bright lights and action are up ahead. Let’s shake up the world of boxing one more time on Prime Video.”