Keith Thurman Brands a Potential Fight With Errol Spence Jr. as ‘The Biggest Clash in the Welterweight Division’

Published 04/03/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 04: Keith Thurman (red, white and blue trunks) defeats Danny Garcia ( yellow and black pattern trunks) by Split Decsion in their WBA/WBA Welterweight Unification fight at the Barclays Center on March 4, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Former WBA champion Keith Thurman is interested in fighting the WBC and IBF titleholder Errol Spence Jr. on his return to action. After suffering the first setback of his career against Manny Pacquiao in 2019, Thurman remained inactive for over a year.

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However, he seems ready to lace up the gloves and has tagged his possible matchup against Errol Spence Jr. as the biggest showdown of the welterweight division. That said, many fans might want to see a fight between WBO champion Terence Crawford and Spence Jr. in a title unification battle.

However, Crawford and Spence Jr. are far from meeting each other in-ring, and looking at the scenario, Thurman has offered himself against ‘The Truth’. In interaction with the Pro Boxing Fans, he opened up on his upcoming plans, citing a major title shot for himself ahead.

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“I think we have waited long enough, I really would like to make that fight happen as soon as possible. The whole goal after the Pacquaio fight was to go after Spence, anyway. That was going to be the next big major fight. So, I still think it’s a terrific, huge fight in the welterweight division. He (Errol Spence Jr.) has fought a lot of my competitions. But he hasn’t fought me yet,” said Thurman.

He added, “So, what kind of statement is he really trying to make in the welterweight division? He (Errol Spence Jr.) is a great champion, but I do think that when we clash, it will be one of the biggest clashes in the welterweight division. I would be happy to make this happen this year.”

Keith Thurman vs Errol Spence Jr. – A look at the welterweight thriller

Thurman has boxed sporadically since 2016. He accepted just one fight per year in 2016 and 2017 before going on a hiatus that lasted throughout 2018. Subsequently, he re-appeared in 2019 to defend his title against Josesito Lopez. In his second bout for 2019, against Manny Pacquiao, ‘OneTime’ lost his WBA crown.

Later that year, ‘The Truth’ Errol Spence Jr. was involved in a horrific car crash, but he returned to action in 2020 with a huge win against Danny Garcia.

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Following his title retention, Errol Spence Jr. can rightfully defend his belt once again against Keith Thurman. Not only will it be an interesting fight, but it will also a valid matchup between two prime welterweight pugilists. So, ‘The Truth’ wouldn’t run out of big fights even if he doesn’t get a fight with Terence Crawford.

Do you think Errol Spence Jr. should face Keith Thurman?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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