P4P countdown: No 9: Keith Thurman
Luke G. Williams
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came ninth ...
Name: Keith Thurman
BM online P4P ranking: 9th (new entry from last June)
Fight record: 28-0 (22 KOs)
Report card: Due to injury and getting married, Thurman fought just once in 2017, but it was a significant victory as he removed Danny Garcia's unbeaten record in a 147lbs unification showdown. Most ringside observers made Thurman a clear winner, although the decision in his favour was split.
Prospects for 2018: As the only unified champion in arguably the sport's most talent-rich weight class, Thurman is deserving of his spot in the P4P top ten, but having fought only once in 2016 and 2017 apiece it is essential that 'One-Time' is more active in 2018. A showdown with Jessie Vargas is likely to be scheduled for April, but it is a clash against Errol Spence that fans would really like to see - although Thurman has indicated he would like this match-up to 'marinate' a bit more first. If he were to beat Spence then Thurman's P4P stock would likely rise even higher.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 22 - six of our ten-person panel included Thurman in their individual top tens, with a highest ranking of fourth, which was used as a tie-breaker to separate him from tenth-placed Oleksandr Usyk, who also scored 22 points. Thurman has not fought since our last P4P top ten was announced, but benefited from four of our previous top ten being beaten in the last six months and one retiring.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued. If scores are equal then the boxer with the highest individual rating from a judge is ranked higher. If boxers are still equal they are then ranked equal. If there is a tie for first place then the boxer with the most first-place votes is given preference. If boxers are still equal they are then ranked equal.