The co-main event to the Bernard Hopkins vs. Tavoris Cloud IBF light heavyweight world championship on Saturday, March 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is set as undefeated Florida knockout artist Keith “One Time” Thurman (19-0, 18 KOs) and former world champion Jan “Mr. Sympathicus” Zaveck (32-2, 18 KOs) will do battle in a 12-round bout for Zaveck’s WBO Intercontinental welterweight championship, which will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
“I’ve been patiently waiting for my time,” said Thurman. “That time is March 9 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 9. Nobody can stop me on my way back to the world title.”