Keith Thurman: ‘2018 is a get back year’

WBC & WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman is a wanted man. IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has been calling Thurman out any chance he gets. Shawn Porter has been doing the same.

Thurman, who had elbow surgery last year after defeating Danny Garcia in March, will return to the ring on May 19 against an opponent to be named later at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Thurman, 29, talked about 2017 and what to expect from him in 2018:

“2017 was a great year. Unifying the WBA and the WBC titles was a dream come true,” Thurman said on Wednesday at SHOWTIME’s Boxing Upfront at Cipriani’s in New York City. “Since then, we had the elbow surgery but 2018 is a get-back year. I’m truly looking forward to being back in the ring¬†May 19. After that, I’m going to bring a more exciting fight later on this year. There are a lot of contenders and champions gunning for my number one spot but I’m going to have to let them know that I’ll be right here at the top.”

Thurman did tell Fighthub.com that he will not be fighting Spence in 2018.

So, maybe that more exciting fight that Thurman was referencing is a rematch with Shawn Porter or Danny Garcia? We’ll see how that shakes out.

However, after watching Spence dominate Lamont Peterson last Saturday night, you can see why Thurman would want to stay far away from him!

Photo: Amanda Wescott/Showtime
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