Errol Spence waits on Keith Thurman

By Daily Sports on August 2, 2017

After finally getting his hands on the IBF welterweight title, Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) is now eager to go after the WBA/WBC 147 lb. titles in possession of champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs).

Spence wants the fight against Thurman in the worst way and has wanted a fight against Thurman since 2014. Thurman wasn’t willing to fight him back then, and he still doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to make the fight now that Spence is a world champion.

Thurman, 28, is out of action right now with an elbow problem from his fight against Danny Garcia last March. Thurman has already had surgery, and he had planned on returning to the ring in late 2017.

It’s now looking like Thurman won’t be back in action until 2018. He might not be ready to take a dangerous fight against Spence, 27, when he does get back in action.

If Thurman doesn’t opt to take a voluntary defense, he’ll very likely defend his titles against either Danny Garcia or Shawn Porter. Garcia would be the fight that would draw more attention from the boxing world, and it’s the more winnable fight for Thurman.

“Right now I’m trying to get a fight in before Keith Thurman, because he’s supposed to be injured right now. He won’t come back until early 2018 and I’m not going to wait that long,” said Spence to skysports.com.

Spence will be looking to make a voluntary defense against a top 15 contender. He hasn’t dropped any hints about who he expects to be fighting. He says he’s going to leave it up to his management to find a suitable contender for him to fight.

It could be a veteran contender/ex-world champion or one of the many obscure contenders that the casual boxing fans have never heard of before.

Spence wants to fight in October or November. The fight will likely be televised on Premier Boxing Champions.

“Hopefully, I can fight before the year is over with and then fight him later next year,” said Spence.

•Photo shows Errol Spence in the ring.

Source Daily Sports

Posted August 2, 2017


 

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