Spence: Thurman Should Fight Me Next

Last week WBA and WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman announced he was taking time off following surgery on his elbow, halting the possibility that he will fight newly crowned IBF champ Errol Spence within the next few months. Spence, though, still has his sights set on Thurman.

Spence lived up to his hype by stopping Kell Brook in the eleventh round of their IBF title fight in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield last weekend. In the ring he sent a message to Thurman, as the young Spence is determined to unify the 147 lb. championships as soon as possible.

Given Thurman’s hiatus due to injury, Spence will likely take another fight beforehand. But he does not believe that Thurman should take a tune-up fight when he is ready to return.

“I don’t know,” Spence said, per Boxing Scene. “We’ll see. Only time will tell. I fought Kell Brook off a nine-month layoff, so I don’t see why he can’t fight me. But we’ll see.”

Another high-profile option for Spence would be a fight against Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, who also holds a title in the welterweight division. Securing a fight with Pacquiao is a longshot, however, and Spence believes that Thurman is the more significant fight given both of their undefeated records and Thurman’s latest impressive victories.

“My thoughts on Keith are he’s doing his thing right now,” Spence said. “He’s hot. He just beat Shawn Porter, he beat Danny Garcia. That’s a nice win streak, Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. So I take my hat off to him. But that’s the fight that I want and I feel like that’s the only fight that needs to be made at 147. So hopefully we can make that happen sooner than later, when he gets better and all healed up.”

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