By Chris Williams: Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman will be challenging Errol Spence Jr for his IBF, WBA & WBC welterweight titles on December 17th at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Spence-Thurman was a better fight on paper than Terence Crawford’s December 10th fight against David Avanesyan. Unlike Avanesyan, Thurman has proven world championship eligibility, and is a proven commodity.
Thurman should make it compelling, building up Spence’s interest in the fight with his questions and trash talk. ‘One Time’ almost advertised his fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2019.
Former WBA/WBC 147-lb champion Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) is Spence’s WBC champion after defeating Mario Barrios earlier this year by lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in February.
Spence vs. is expected to be announced. Thurman this week on December 17th. It will definitely be on pay-per-view, probably on FOX Sports.
Spence’s other options for his December fight are Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis and Eimantis Stanionis. Thurman was the more marketable of the two.
“It has been confirmed that Errol Spence will fight Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman. That will be next. It looks like the target date is December 17,” Blue Blood Sports TV said.
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— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) October 30, 2022
“It looks like the target day in Dallas, Texas at AT&T Cowboys Stadium. It looks like December 17th will be the day of the Errol Spence vs. Keith Thurman fight. This fight will be announced this week.
“Keith Thurman will be 34 years old when this fight comes to fruition. He turns 34 on November 23rd. This is the biggest fight at one time for the welterweight division.
“Mario Barrios moves up from 140 to 147 to face Keith Thurman at 147 in Keith Thurman’s comeback fight. Keith Thurman was weak in the fight [but won a 12 round unanimous decision]however, the WBC made this fight a WBC title eliminator.
“That’s how Keith Thurman was forced to Errol Spence’s WBC title.
“[Years ago], Errol Spence wanted to combine the titles against Keith Thurman, as they are with PBC, Premier Boxing Champions, and they fought on Showtime and FOX Sports, so it will be easier. But Keith Thurman gave Spence a run for his money.
“Thurman wanted to let the fight go. He thought it was a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. Thurman went on a two-year hiatus where he was stripped of the WBC title due to inactivity,” Blue said.