Is Keith Thurman Selling Woof Tickets?
Former WBA/WBC unified World Welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) has been talking loud and creating a lot of buzz because of a strong desire to get in the ring with current WBO 147-pound world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs).
Thurman says he wants a fight with Crawford ASAP. One Time feels he has what it takes to whip the man universally recognized as one of the top 3 pound-for-pound Fighters in the sport right now.
The 31-year-old from Clearwater, Florida is so confident he’s willing to take less money for the fight. His message to Team Crawford has been clear: send the contract!
However, all that big talk may be a case of a whole lot of huff and puff, followed by a bit of bluffing. In response to all of the bloviating from Thurman, Brian “Bomac” McIntyre, took to social media and to share an apparent conversation between him and Thurman.
According to McIntyre, Thurman is asking for $10 million to fight Bud… say what now?!?!
MAKE DOLLARS MAKE SENSE
This would contradict Thurman’s claim that he’s willing to take a dollar short to make the fight happen. What has the former champ done to warrant such a demand; especially when you consider his last outing was a loss to a 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao in July 2019?
Thurman and Crawford have been trading verbal shots at each other on social media recently. And it must be noted that what McIntyre shared publicly is a sign that discussions are happening privately about a possible fight. Is the initial demand from Thurman a negotiation tactic, or a case of him publicly selling woof tickets? Time will tell whether One Time wants to go to war or is throwing up an exceedingly high demand because he’s not serious.
The truth is that a fight between the two makes sense. At this stage of their careers, both men need a big fight; why not have it against each other? It’s all speculation at his point. Boxing fans would love to see a Crawford – Thurman fight, that’s for sure.
Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for any further developments.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.