Errol Spence On Fighting Keith Thurman: “Fuck Keith Thurman”

Errol Spence Jr No Longer Interested In Fighting Keith Thurman

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

Errol Spence Jr No Longer Interested In Fighting Keith Thurman

Former unified WBA/WBC world Welterweight champion Keith Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) kicked up a lot of dust by saying he wants to fight current IBF/WBC 147-pound champ, Errol Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KOs). Accompanied by his trainer, Derrick James, Spence responded to Thurman’s callout during an appearance on The Last Stand Podcast With Brian Custer.

“That shit ain’t happening, fuck Keith Thurman. I don’t like him. That’s just one guy I never liked.

There’s a lot of boxers out there that I really don’t care for, but him I just don’t like him. I just feel like he’s fake. Everything about him, I just don’t like him at all.”

Spence went on to say he is looking to stay around at welterweight for three more fights: his upcoming battle against Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) on December 5, WBA “Super” World Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), and WBO 147-pound titlist Terence Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) before moving up in weight.


Here is the thing: there have been opportunities for them to fight previously. Spence has publicly talked about wanting to fight Thurman even before becoming a world champion in 2017.

Over the years, the 30-year-old from Desoto, Texas has accused Thurman of ducking him. And when previously asked about a potential fight against the Texan, Thurman came off as hesitant and non-committal in the minds of many fans and pundits. So it is interesting that the 31-year-old from Tampa, Florida is now eager and willing to wage war.

In theory, Spence v Thurman could do good numbers and has the chance to be a pretty entertaining scrap. However, is it the most desirable fight right now in the division?

The matchup on the minds of many is a showdown between Spence and Crawford. Plus, it is known Spence is a big welterweight who has to work hard to make 147-pounds. Finally, with Thurman no longer a world champion, what major incentive would Spence have to fight him?

As thirsty as Keith Thurman currently claims to be for a fight against Thurman, it may be a case of the time has passed and gone. And if Spence has any say, he is certainly ready to move on.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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