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Keith Thurman could make return on August 4

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Thurman has been out of action since March 2017.

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According to an ESPN source, former unified welterweight titleholder Keith Thurman could be making his return to action on August 4th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The WBA titlist recently had to vacate the WBC belt he won from Danny Garcia in March 2017 as various injuries prevented him from making a timely defense. Now Garcia will take on Shawn Porter for the vacant WBC strap.

Following Thurman’s win over Garcia last year, he underwent surgery to right elbow to take care of lingering damage in the area — removing bone spurs and calcium deposits. He was expected to return this spring, but those plans were scuttled after Thurman reportedly suffered a badly bruised left hand in training.

Once it’s officially confirmed that Thurman will be returning to the ring, it’s expected that he’ll take a tune-up fight or two before then possibly facing a much stiffer challenge by once again trying to unify welterweight titles. Time will tell.