Thurman retains WBA title after long-awaited return, eyes Pacquiao

WBA super welterweight champion Keith Thurman

In his first fight since 2017, Keith Thurman reigned supreme after 12 rounds against Josesito Lopez at the Barclays Center on Saturday.

Keith Thurman successfully defended his WBA super welterweight belt with a majority decision over Josesito Lopez after almost two years on the sidelines.

Thurman was back in the ring for the first time since beating Danny Garcia by split decision in March 2017 – an elbow and hand injury keeping the American out of action.

And the 30-year-old reigned supreme after 12 rounds against Lopez (36-8, 19 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Judges scored the fight 115-111, 117-109 and 113-113 in favour of Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) on Saturday.

Thurman could now be set for a showdown against Filipino great and WBA secondary champion Manny Pacquiao.

“I most likely would definitely take it,” Thurman said of Pacquiao. “I’m going to have to talk to my team and my managers but I feel good. That was a beautiful fight.

“I would love to have [Pacquiao]; maybe in Brooklyn, maybe in [Las] Vegas, wherever Manny wants. I’d fight him in the Philippines if that’s where he wanted it, baby.”