With Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford seemingly on their way towards an undisputed weightlifting title, clash the beltless also looking for a fight.
One such candidate is Keith Thurman. The former WBA Welterweight champion was hoping to return this summer to build on the momentum gained from his victory over Mario Barrios in February. The 33-year-old is currently considering an October date and has not ruled out playing against Yordenis Ugas, another former WBA owner.
In a guest location on Podcast Premier Boxing Champions Thurman says:
“I’m looking forward to and hoping for this October date but still don’t have a legal name.”
“I was going to pick up a few names so that anyone who says this is Thurman’s next opponent is just a rumor. I have to be given a list and review it with my team and then make a decision. I’d love to get real name lists for real potential competitors. “
With Thurman and Ugas chasing another world championship chance, a fight against each other could benefit them at this point in their careers. If Spence Jr and Crawford drop at the end of the year, it forces the titles up a bit longer, leaving the team chasing after a game that makes sense.
Thurman continued to trash the performance of Ugas vs Spence Jr during their merger in April:
“I hope more than a bag of Cuban punches show up in the fight.”
“He let Spence get away with too much. It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Like I tell all my boxers in the gym attack wins the fights, not the defense. “
Thurman went on to talk about being able to face Ugas on his own:
“Thurman vs Ugas will give us another radar on the skill potential of what Keith Thurman can do if that fight ever comes up. [against Spence Jr]. “
“I like that. I call those types of fights a yardstick. For that purpose, I think it’s a good fight.”