Keith Thurman win fight over Mario Barrios

Keith Thurman looked
generally sharp in a unanimous-decision victory against Mario Barrios on Saturday at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, his first fight in 31 months.

The judges turned
in tallies of 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111 for Thurman, who graded his performance a "C+, B-."

Barrios was injured
on multiple occasions by the former unified welterweight champion from Clearwater, Florida, but he never knocked him down.

The size of the gloves complicated efforts to end Barrios: he refused to fight with eight-ounce gloves, instead opting for ten-ounce gloves.

Thurman had not
fought since a split-decision loss to future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao in July of this year. Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) then underwent surgery on his left hand.

He bruised one
of the knuckles on that hand, he said, after connecting with a left uppercut on Saturday.

Thurman,
who had victories over Shawn Porter, stated, "We rocked him, we couldn't put him down and out."

With Barrios out of the way, Thurman can set his sights on the elite fighters in one of boxing's best divisions.

Terence Crawford is the
champion of the fourth division. Now that Crawford is a promotional free agent, a bout with "Bud" is more likely than ever.