“We Will Have an Undisputed Champion This Year” – Keith Thurman Makes a Bold Prediction

Published 01/11/2022, 11:00 AM EST
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)


The modern era welterweight division is an amalgamation of young guns as well as established boxing icons. For now, the division has three champions, Yordenis Ugas, Errol Spence Jr., and Terence Crawford. However, the fans want to see one champion in this weight class and Keith Thurman spilled the beans on the same.

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Thurman is a seasoned veteran, and he’s had some notable achievements in this weight class.

Recently, he was in a chat with Brian Custer, wherein ‘One Time’ talked about how he wants the fans to recognize him, the state of the welterweight landscape, and more.

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“When it’s all said and done, I just want fans to remember that Keith Thurman as one of the most exciting welterweights in the welterweight division. You know, my favorite thing is when people come up to me and say you are my favorite fighter,” he said.

He continued. “So, of course, my ultimate goal is to unify and be the undisputed welterweight champion. We will have an undisputed champion this year.”

Thurman wants to be in the title race, but before that, the champions of the division will have to compete within themselves. Consequently, Spence Jr. a few days back announced his next fight with Yordenis Ugas for the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles.

Also, Terence Crawford is also on the line, waiting to clash with rival Spence Jr. That said, once the outcome of Spence Jr. vs Ugas is clear, the winner might go ahead to fight ‘Bud’ for all the titles. Or the latter might have to defend his title meanwhile till Ugas and Spence Jr. settle their bout.

How can Keith Thurman sneak into the entire picture?

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Keith Thurman wants to fight for the undisputed title as well. However, looking at the prevailing scenario, it seems he might only get a fight with ‘Bud’.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 19: WBA welterweight super champion Keith Thurman poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 19, 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)

For now, Thurman has a fight in line with Mario Barrios. But if he beats his foe, Thurman might go for a fight with Crawford.

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Also, if he possibly beats ‘Bud’, ‘One Time’ might be in for an undisputed fight later.

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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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