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Keith Thurman loses the trademark hair, debuts new look for 2021

“One Time” sat out all of 2020 and hopes to fight this year.

Keith Thurman Media Workout Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former welterweight titleholder Keith “One Time” Thurman had a pretty signature look for years, sporting longer hair, often braided, pulled back into ponytails and whatnot.

But no more!

Thurman showed off a new look for 2021 on Instagram:

Now I know what you’re going to ask while heartily chuckling: “Slow news week? Ho, ho, ho, hee, hee...”

And the answer is, yes! We had a fight on Jan. 2, it’s Jan. 11, and there’s not a notable fight on U.S. TV again until Jan. 20. It is extremely slow right now! So Keith Thurman getting a haircut IS getting a post!

Some notable comments on the IG post:

  • “Fight your barber”
  • “Got that Stephen A. Smith line up....”
  • “Them braids took that hairline w em”
  • “my boy was going bald. He had to cut it”
  • “Fire your barber!”

Ah, well, life goes on. The 32-year-old Thurman (29-1, 22 KO) hasn’t fought since losing the WBA 147-pound title to Manny Pacquiao in July 2019, sitting out all of 2020. He talked some about fighting Terence Crawford or Errol Spence, but he and Crawford mostly talked trash about contracts or whatever, and Spence has flatly and quite bluntly said he is not interested in fighting Thurman.

On paper, Thurman’s still a legit contender at 147, but we really won’t know until he fights again. He’s fought all of twice since 2017, and has had a lot of nagging injuries and surgeries and whatnot in that time frame.

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