By Chris Williams: Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman says he is not happy that IBF/WBA/WBC champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr is planning to move down to 154 to fight at that weight following his fight with WBO champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford was unable to win. pan.
#1 WBC Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) claims he will find a way to capture the world title at 147 again. After his #1 ranking with the World Boxing Council, Thurman is ranked #3 WBA, #3 WBO, and #6 IBF at welterweight.
Given the 33-year-old Thurman’s #1 ranking with the WBC, he’ll probably go that route to try and take the belt because it’s less risky than if he were to go after one of the other belts.
If Thurman tries to win the IBF, WBA, or WBO belts, he could find himself fighting Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, and that wouldn’t be a good idea for a fighter who has fought three times in five years. that have passed since he fought. Hot fight against heavyweight Danny Garcia in 2017.
Assuming Thurman fights for the WBC 147-lb belt after Spence loses, ‘One Time’ will meet one of these fighters:
WBC’s top 10 at welterweight
1. Keith Thurman
2. Vergil Ortiz
3. Jaron Ennis
4. David Avanesyan
5. Conor Benn
6. Yordenis Ugaas
7. Thulani Mbenge
8. Cody Crowley
9. Alexander Besputin
10. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
It is not a given that Vergil Ortiz Jr will agree to fight Thurman if the WBC will order this fight because his resume is so weak that it could be a shocker.
Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs) has already made it clear that he is focused on going after the IBF title, so Thurman doesn’t have to worry about him going the WBC route to take the belt.
You have to rule out #4 David Avanesyan and #5 Conor Benn as Thurman’s opponents for obvious reasons. Neither of them will be in a position anytime soon to fight for the WBC belt.
“If he wants to leave the belt, I’ll find a way to be champion at 147 again.Keith Thurman via Blueblood Sports TV about IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence possibly moving up to 154 and vacating his 147 belt.
“My pride is not going to like it because we want to compete with the champion,” Thurman said.