Though it may not have been anyone's top choice for an HBO fight, welterweight prospect Keith Thurman put in some good work tonight and stopped gritty veteran Orlando Lora in six rounds on the Broner vs Escobedo undercard.
Thurman (18-0, 17 KO) came out gunning for the knockout, as he's done throughout his career, but was met by a tough guy in Lora (29-3-2, 19 KO) who didn't fold easily. It took a good bit of work from Thurman, both to the head and body. Thurman won the first five rounds on the Bad Left Hook scorecard, and then in the sixth, dropped Lora about halfway into the round with a good check hook that started the process.
After being dropped, Lora thought about it, got up, went to his corner, and quit.
To me, Thurman, 23, came off still a bit raw, but with some serious upside. The kid can bang, he fights smart, and he doesn't panic. He's also got a laid back, smart personality, and comes off well in interviews. Maybe that seems superficial to most, but I think you can read fighters a little bit with their interviews, and Keith Thurman comes off very well. He's not arrogant. He's confident.
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