All I ever wanted was to be like Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard. Back in the day American people knew who they were and I want them to now know Keith 'One Time' Thurman.
I look up to Bernard Hopkins as a fighter. I'm honored to be his co-main event and to be able to give a great performance.
It was my dream as a kid was to make history.
I only want to fight real champions; I want to fight real opponents, so that I can climb the latter.
When a 140 pounder that moves up fights a 140 pounder moved up and they move up it's a catch weight.
Anyone that steps into the ring with me is facing a real welterweight.
I tell people all the time, nobody wants to be hit. You have to trick a man, to hit a man.
I'm in love with boxing. It fell into my lap and I have been in love with it ever since.
There are certain fighters that if they want to remain relevant they will have to get through me.
There's a lot of great fights to make.
When I say I'm a true welterweight I'm talking about every fighter that has ever moved into the welterweight division.
Zaveck is a tough guy. He has never been knocked down and I love putting people to sleep. Knowing that he has never been knocked down is a true test for me
I'm confident that I can steal rounds by getting inside and throwing punches.