Keith Thurman Compares YouTube Boxers to Conor McGregor and The Ultimate Warrior

Published 03/07/2021, 2:00 PM EST
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)


Former welterweight champion, Keith Thurman, has made a bold claim about YouTube boxers and their role in the sport. The outspoken American has gone to the extent of comparing them to Conor McGregor and The Ultimate Warrior.

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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)

YouTube boxing has become one of the sport’s controversial talking points over the last few months. The concept of an internet sensation facing a professional boxer has now become a reality. Although they have drawn immense criticism, former champion Thurman has made an interesting comment.

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The American welterweight spoke to World Boxing News and addressed the issue. He said, “It reminds me of Conor McGregor or wrestling. It reminds me of the ultimate warrior – snapping into a Slim Jim!”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 21: Conor McGregor of Ireland interacts with media during the UFC 257 press conference event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 21, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

With this comment, ‘One Time’ has put the likes of Jake Paul and Logan Paul in the same bracket as Conor McGregor and The Ultimate Fighter. However, he may draw a backlash of his own with bold claims like this. Fans will point out that McGregor and The Ultimate fighter had accomplished a lot before they adopted similar methods.

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Keith Thurman explains his comments

The former world champion made sure he explained his take on the controversial subject in the sport. He pointed to their behavior out of the ring to show why he thinks there is a similarity.

“Anyone stirring up controversy, and right now, there is not a lot of entertainment, and they are doing something different. A lot of people are backing it that enjoy it.” 

This statement holds true as the excitement and drama in the sport have skyrocketed since Jake Paul beat Nate Robinson.

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However, the former champion is doubtful of their ability in the ring. He said the actual test would be when they have to put themselves in a tough fight. 

Thurman is right in saying that their trash talk is creating more excitement. A year ago, no one would have predicted Logan Paul to take on Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. However, whether it is to see them fall or to back them, fans will always tune into their fights.

What do you make of these comments from Keith Thurman? Do you think the former champion is right about YouTube boxers?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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