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Keith Thurman out for rest of 2019 after hand surgery

“One Time” will not return this year following his first pro loss.

Manny Pacquiao v Keith Thurman Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

The big momentum in Keith Thurman’s career was derailed by injuries that kept him out of the ring from March 2017 until January of this year, and now the former welterweight titleholder is back on the shelf.

Thurman announced on Instagram that he’s recently undergone surgery on his left hand, and will be out for the rest of 2019, with hopes to return in early 2020.

“I wanted to let my fans know I recently had surgery on my left hand to deal with a nagging injury that has bothered me the past few fights,” Thurman wrote. “I feel great after the procedure and can’t wait to get back in the ring in early 2020. These injuries have been frustrating, but thanks to your support I’m determined to become a world champion again real soon.”

Thurman, 30, struggled a bit in his January victory over Josesito Lopez, then dropped a split decision to the legendary Manny Pacquiao on July 20 in Las Vegas in the main event of a FOX pay-per-view from Premier Boxing Champions.

Now 29-1 (22 KO), Thurman remains a top contender at 147 pounds, but the injuries piling up in his career are no doubt a problem, and could rob him of some of his prime years. PBC is stacked with welterweights at various levels, though, so Thurman will have no problem finding a suitable opponent when he’s ready to return.

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