Keith Thurman Uses Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali’s Name in a Rant Against Super Titles in Boxing

Published 06/15/2021, 9:30 PM EDT
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)


‘One Time’ Keith Thurman doesn’t appear to be a fan of so many world titles in boxing. Akin to several fans, he has expressed his disgust in the concept of the belts and has particularly belittled the ‘Super’ title holders in the sport.

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While Thurman himself was a “regular” champion back in the days, he appeared favorable towards that title. He justified his statements by dragging Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali into the mix. While there are already many “super” champions in the roster, the former titlist lashed at all of them.

Speaking with FightHype.com, Keith Thurman said, “I don’t like the super, I don’t like the super. I think it’s super complicated, I think it’s a super waste of time.

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He added, “If you look at the history of boxing, there was always regular champions. Muhammad Ali was a regular champion, Mike Tyson was a regular champion, and regular champions are the great champions. I don’t like this division amongst champions as a regular and a super.”

Well, that wouldn’t change the structure of boxing. As of now, there are umpteen world titles up for grabs. That said, each organization has various belts for each division, and the sport will continue having so numerous titleholders on board.

Meanwhile, Keith Thurman may not fall under the same bracket. Following his sole career loss to Manny Pacquiao, Thurman hasn’t fought again. So, does he have the chance to become a champion?

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What’s next for Keith Thurman?

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 Thurman holds a record of 29-1 and is one of the best boxers in the welterweight division. However, he has been inactive for almost two years now. There have been some significant changes in the weight class and currently has several A-listers.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 07: Keith Thurman is seen with a welt after a punch by Robert Guerrero during a Premier Boxing Champions bout in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 So, Thurman cannot afford to sit back and wait to see how the title ride plays out. He needs to return quickly and re-establish his dominance. That said, his former foe Manny Pacquiao is already coming to face Errol Spence Jr. for the WBA title. Hence, Thurman needs to decide a stacked move for his boxing career ahead.

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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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