Thurman withdraws from May 19 bout following hand injury

Unified welterweight world titleholder Keith Thurman, who has not fought since last March following right elbow surgery, will be out for a while longer after suffering another injury.

Thurman suffered a deep bruise to his left hand and has withdrawn from his next fight, which was slated for May 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the same venue where he won a split decision against the previously undefeated Danny Garcia to unify two 147-pound world titles on March 4, 2017.

ESPN was first to report the story.

The 29-year-old Thurman (28-0, 22 KO's), of Clearwater, Florida, injured his left hand roughly two weeks ago and was advised by his personal doctor to rest his hand for six weeks.

Thurman hopes to return by the summer.

Thurman held the interim world title from 2013 to 2014 before being elevated to a full 147-pound titlist in 2015 following a dominating unanimous decision victory over former titleholder Robert Guerrero.

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