Former unified welterweight champion says he is fuelled by those doubting him ahead of his ring return against Mario Barrios on February 5th.

Thurman has not fought since his split decision defeat to the legendary Manny Pacquiao in July 2019, a fight in which he was also knocked down in the first round.

Thurman returns against Barrios in Las Vegas on February 5th, and says will prove that he has many good years ahead of him at the top of the welterweight division.

“Getting criticism from all those people is my dream come true,” Thurman told Premier Boxing Champions. “I don’t hate on the haters. I appreciate that they still have time to talk about me and doubt me. Your doubt motivates me.

“When fighters say that they’re done, we salute them and we respect them for what they put into this ring… but Thurman’s not done.

“For all those that think Thurman’s done, I’m not done. 33 years old. I don’t got 33 more in me, but I got plenty more good years in me. I’m going to put blood, sweat and tears into the ring, and it all starts on February 5th.”

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