Keith Thurman Shreds Errol Spence Jr. For Not Fighting Him

Published 01/15/2021, 6:30 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)


The former welterweight sensation and unified champion Keith Thurman has hit headlines after a long time. ‘One Time’ has painted shots at his longtime nemesis and fellow American, Errol Spence Jr.

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In a chat with Fight Hype, Thurman opened up on why his bout with ‘The Truth’ never came to life.

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 11: Errol Spence Jr. celebrates his victory against Chris van Heerden during their Premier Boxing Champions bout at the Ricoh Coliseum on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

I was a unified undefeated welterweight champion then I had injuries then I never got to fight EJ. Then he had a car accident, now he don’t want to say my name. F**k Keith Thurman, F**k Keith Thurman.”

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“What kind of a fighter are you?… If I ever wanted to fight, and if I got the opportunity, I’m gonna take the fight,” he added.

Thurman asserted that Spence had a number of opportunities to fight him, but dodged him every time. He even admitted that if Spence was craving to fight him, he could have gotten on terms with his promotion to make it happen.

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The 32-year-old also talked about how his injury and Spence’s car accident hampered this fight’s probabilities to take place.

Keith Thurman to come back in 2021?

One Time‘ hasn’t fought inside the squared circle since July 2019. In his last outing, he ended up losing his first professional fight against one of the greatest in Manny Pacquiao. Thurman gave a good run to the octuple world champion but lost it via a split decision.

His fans didn’t expect him to go in for a long layoff post this fight, but the former champ has invested that time to introspect and get ready for the future.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: WBA welterweight super champion Keith Thurman attends a news conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thurman will meet WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in a WBA welterweight title fight on July 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

With the aforementioned statements made by Thurman, it’s clear that he’s determined to get his hands on Errol Spence Jr. But it’s still unclear if he’ll get his hands on Spence right in his comeback fight. ‘One Time’ will predominantly have to get a couple more wins to earn a title shot and make his return worthwhile.

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Who would you like to see Thurman fight when he does return to the ring?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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