Keith Thurman Demands 8 Months to Prepare for Terence Crawford

Published 11/23/2021, 12:47 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Keith Thurman stands in the ring after losing a WBA welterweight title fight to Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the fight by split decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Terence Crawford put on a dominant display against Shawn Porter. On Saturday night, Crawford put the boxing world on notice, showing the world why he is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters right now. Immediately after, he took the mic and called out his next opponent- Errol Spence Jr. However, another elite welterweight has now put his foot forward to fight Crawford.

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Former world champion Keith Thurman is looking to make a comeback to the ring after over 2 years. However, he has demanded eight months for a title shot against Crawford. Thurman told The Athletic, “I’m going to be getting back in the ring shortly, I’d be more than happy, more than willing, to step in the ring with Bud Crawford next summer. I’m willing to fight Crawford eight months from now, approximately. I would love to fight.”

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However, Crawford‘s team may not be willing to fight Thurman. Especially since he is just returning from such a long layoff.

It makes no sense for Thurman to immediately get a title shot after two years of inactivity. Although ‘One Time’ was the number one welterweight in the division from 2016 to 2018, injuries, inactivity, and weight issues have slowed down his promising career. After over two years of inactivity, fans are unsure if Thurman will be able to reach his peak again.

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Terence Crawford calls out Errol Spence Jr. 

After his dominating display against Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford called out Errol Spence Jr. who was in attendance, watching the fight. “He was at my fight? Now that boy say he wasn’t gonna never, he gon never be at my fight. But now he at my fights.” Crawford said. “Well, you see what I did, compared to what he did.” 

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Crawford then confirmed that the next fight he wants is against the champion Errol Spence Jr. ‘The Truth’ is the current unified welterweight champion. However, Spence himself is coming off a long layoff due to a retina injury that forced him to pull out of his fight against Manny Pacquiao.

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So the question remains, will his team want him to get into the ring with one of the best boxers in the world on his return?

Who do you think Terence Crawford should fight next?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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