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February 12, 2013

THURMAN LOOKS TO PROVE SELF AGAINST ZAVECK

Press Release: Golden Boy has announced the co-feature for the Tavoris Cloud-Bernard Hopkins IBF light heavyweight title fight on Saturday, March 9th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Undefeated Keith Thurman will take a step up in opponent quality when he faces ex-IBF weltewrweight titlist Jan Zaveck over twelve rounds. Zaveck-Thurman will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

"I've been patiently waiting for my time," said Thurman.  "That time is March 9th and I'm going to go through Zaveck and then get my title shot.  This is my year,  no question about it and I'm going to let the world know it."

"I miss having a championship belt around my waist and this is the next step to getting it back," said Zaveck, who held the IBF welterweight title for nearly two years from 2009 to 2011.  "Thurman is a talented young fighter, but my experience will be my ticket to victory on March 9th.  Nobody can stop me on my way back to the world title."

Clearwater, Florida's Keith "One Time" Thurman  (19-0, 18 KOs) is a former amateur star with over 100 wins. He turned pro in 2007 and he has been knocking opponents out ever since.  The owner of nine first round knockouts, the 24-year-old dispatched all of his foes in 2012 including then-unbeaten Brandon Hoskins, Orlando Lora, and ex-WBO titlist Carlos Quintana. 

"Keith Thurman is the definition of an exciting fighter," said Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions.  "He is on the fast track to a world championship, but first he has to get past a very tough customer in Jan Zaveck on March 9 which will be no easy task."

A native of Slovenia, now fighting out of Magdeburg, Germany, 36-year-old Jan Zaveck (32-2, 18 KOs) has long been a top welterweight, winning several regional titles in Europe before stopping Isaac Hlatshwayo in three rounds in December of 2009 to win the IBF welterweight title.  Zaveck successfully defended his crown three times before losing it to Andre Berto in September of 2011 in a pitched battle, but a March 2012 win over Bethuel Ushona, put Zaveck back in title contention. 

Tickets are available for purchase at www.barclayscenter.com.



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