March 09, 2013
THURMAN EXTENDED TO 12 ROUNDS BUT WINS EASILY By Rick Evans
Thurman W12 Jan Zaveck...
In the co-feature at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, welterweight Keith Thurman remained undefeated, but was forced to go twelve rounds for the first time as a professional. Thurman won a gritty battle with Jan Zaveck by unanimous decision. The early portion of the fight saw Thurman (20-0 with 18 KOs) finding a home for his jab and left hook while Zaveck seemed to be more concerned with avoiding the right hand and finding counter opportunities. Zaveck (32-3 with 18 KOs) started to make things interesting in the sixth with a looping overhand right that seemed to daze Thurman. This was followed in rounds seven, eight and nine by a concerted effort to attack Thurman to the body, but with limited effectiveness as Thurman found opportunities to go upstairs and open up a cut over the left eye of Zaveck. Thurman firmly retook control of the fight in round ten when he hurt Zaveck multiple times to the head and body. Rounds eleven and twelve were more of the same, although round twelve was very competitive, with Zaveck attempting to score the “hail mary” knockout punch, but was unable to do so. Scores were 120-108 across the board all in favor of Thurman.