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Welterweight boxing champion Keith Thurman announced Friday that he will miss six months after undergoing surgery on his right elbow. 

According to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Thurman said the surgery was successful and preached the importance of taking a cautious approach to his return:

“One thing for sure, the doctor doesn’t want me to rush back into action. You can’t jump back into the race too soon. It might start to feel good after a month or two, but you don’t want to rush it. My right elbow’s job is to launch punches like a missile. It might feel good, but it might not be able to sustain that. It might cause inflammation to develop, and then you have to wait to let it calm down and feel better. I figure a four-month recovery will be quick. The doctor recommended six months of no action before training. I won’t rush it.”

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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