Errol Spence: “I Don’t Need Keith Thurman At All”

Spence has no interest in Thurman fight

Errol Spence Jr (left), Keith Thurman
Errol Spence Jr (left), Keith Thurman

Spence has no interest in Thurman fight

Years before unified welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s) was ever a titleholder or divisional boogeyman, he was calling out former welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-1, 22 KO’s). Former boxing cash-cow Floyd “Money” Mayweather was the first to suggest that they go to war in the ring. Ever since that time, their names have remained impossibly sutured together.

For quite a period of time, like Mayweather, Spence also wanted to test his skills with the lighthearted Floridian. Well, it appears that the days of the Truth wanting to mix it up with Thurman have come and gone!


Despite the high profile attention that came with Money Mayweather endorsing the bout, and Spence growing in notoriety, Thurman never came off as being all that interested in the showdown. In the early days, One Time insisted that the Truth had to do more in the sport to earn the opportunity.

However, even now that Spence is largely regarded as the best in the division and holds two belts, the WBC and IBF, Thurman still has never given the impression that he was aching to jump in the ring with Spence. Regrettably for One Time, and the fans, it appears that this could be one of those fights that never end up happening at all. Or at least, this is the impression that Errol Spence gave when he went live on his social media with Premier Boxing Champions.

“Maybe Keith Thurman, I don’t know, probably not. I don’t really care about him anymore. He didn’t give me the opportunity when I wanted it, so I don’t care about fighting him…I was calling him out, you know wanting to fight him and he didn’t want to give me the opportunity to. He didn’t want to fight me, so now I don’t need him at all, he’s not even on my radar. I feel like he is not on my level. Just because he fought Pacquiao, they give him a little bit of kudos, but I am looking for big names like Pacquiao, Terence Crawford, Danny Garcia you know. So I am not worried about Keith Thurman at all.”

In the event that we never get to witness Spence and Thurman trade leather, let’s hope and pray that we get to see the Truth test his might with Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KO’s) and WBO world welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (36-0, 27 KO’s).

By: Bakari Simpson

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