Keith Thurman prepares for Mario Barrios fight on February 5

Through Allan Fox: Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is already at work preparing for his comeback fight against Mario Barrios on February 5 on FOX PPV.

Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) has been out of the ring for so long he appears to have slowed down. Hopefully the 33-year-old looks faster inside the ring than he is training because his comeback against much younger Barrios, 26, could be a disaster.

Thurman could finally regret choosing Barrios because this guy is going to light something horrible on him if he doesn’t shoot the eight cylinders on February 5th.

Barrios lost his last fight against Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis by an 11th round knockout in an exciting battle last June.

Compared to many fighters that Tank has faced, Barrios gave him a lot of trouble with his size, power, and stamina.

Things were going so badly for Tank that his promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. had to step in by stepping into the ring and giving his fighter an inspiring pep talk to get him back into the fight.

Keith needs a strong performance

Thurman needs a win and a solid performance to put himself in a position to challenge the WBO welterweight champion Terence crawford in summer.

Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) is now a promotional free agent, so he can fight on FOX, but Thurman must first win his fight against former WBA “regular” light welterweight champion Barrios.

Thurman’s inactivity cut his career in half in 2019, but he was already struggling with activity due to injuries since 2016. This latest 2.5-year layoff is not unusual for Thurman’s career.

Thurman’s last leave came at a bad time, as he had already been out of the ring from 2017 to 2019.

Thurman returned long enough to play two fights in 2019 before disappointing for two years, and it wasn’t all due to injury issues.

Does Thurman still have something?

One Time ‘has obviously benefited from the fruits of its labor and showing the same ambition as the less successful fighters.

Some fighters respond well to sudden enrichment, while others disappear and stop fighting, as we saw with Thurman. It’s a shame because Thurman is unlikely to be able to reach the level he was at in 2016, when he was arguably in his prime.

When a fighter has lived like Thurman it ages him, and it will be surprising if “One Time” is even 60% of what it once was. But as the saying goes, power is the last thing that passes, and Thurman can probably still kick like a mule kick.

The only question is whether he will be exhausted from dropping back down to 147 because he has bloated from a good diet for the past three years, and it is going to be difficult for his body to return to its old weight.

If the main event between Thurman and Barrios fails to ignite, the undercard has an excellent battle between the former two-time world title challenger Josesito ‘Riverside Rocky’ Lopez (38-8, 21 KOs) and the highly ranked welterweight Abel ramos (27-4-2, 21 KO).

Josesito, 37, is getting older, but he still has his punching power and exciting fighting style that makes him dangerous. Although Josesito is not in his prime at this point in his 18-year long professional career, he has won his last two fights since nearly snatching a surprise away from a returning Thurman in 2017.

Like Thurman, Josesito has struggled with activity since the start of the pandemic, fighting only once in 2020 and not at all in 2021. It’s hard to get the most out of your career when you’re not fighting. like Josesito and Thurman.

During his prime years, Josesito fought Canelo Alvarez, Thurman, Andre Berto, Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz and Jessie Vargas.