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Keith Thurman gets April 26 date

Thurman-Soto Karass
Thurman-Soto Karass
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Keith "One Time" Thurman will return to action on April 26 at StubHub Center in Los Angeles suburb Carson, CA on Showtime.

Thurman, the WBA #1 ranked welterweight contender, will be facing Julio Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs), of Coachella, CA. In his last bout, Thurman, (22-0, 20 KOs), of Clearwater, FL, last fought Jesus Soto Karass, a fight he won by ninth round stoppage.

According to promoter, Richard Schaefer, this is a stay busy fight for Thurman, who many feel is a major threat in the welterweight division.

"Julio Diaz will get up for this kind of fight," Schaefer told ESPN. "You saw how he looked in England against Amir Khan. Julio Diaz always comes to fight, and he we'll see what happens. All of the other top 147-pounders are fighting, so Keith is going to do this fight. We'll give Julio Diaz one last chance and see what he can make of it. But for Keith, this is about him getting back in the ring without having to wait for some of those other guys while they are getting their fights done.

Also added to the card are Lucas Matthysse and Omar Figueroa, two big punchers in their respective divisions. Matthysse, last seen on The One undercard as a co-main event feature, lost to current undisputed junior-welterweight titlist Danny Garcia.

Omar Figueroa, scheduled to fight on the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo undercard on March 8, was recently sidelined by a hand injury. Now, that his hand is feeling better, he will face off against Jerry Belmontes.

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