IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has been calling out a lot of fighters, including WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman, but Thurman, to some, has been avoiding Spence. Only time will judge whether that is indeed the case.
In the meantime, Thurman is still working his way back from an elbow and hand injury, which has kept him out the ring since March 2017 when he unified the titles by beating Danny Garcia to win the WBC welterweight belt. Thurman would eventually vacant the WBC strap due to injury.
Ultimately, Shawn Porter would capture the vacant WBC welterweight belt after beating Danny Garcia last Saturday night in Brooklyn.
At this point, Thurman is preparing for a comeback. According to “One Time,” his plan is a tuneup, then a rematch with Porter, and ultimately a fight with Spence, but right now, Thurman believes he is the best at 147.
“If there wasn’t a Keith Thurman, Errol Spence would be number 1,” Thurman said. “That’s because I hold greater credentials than he does, I accomplished a little bit more than he has, and I was just in the spotlight before he was. At the end of the day, I’m number one for a reason; he’s number 2 for a reason. The reason why you guys want to see the fight, there’s a good reason, but I’m not going to come off of this big of a layoff, and have a tuneup fight, and fight the number two fighter in the world.”
Listen below as Thurman talks his return and fighting Spence: