Spence Rules Out A Thurman Fight

Errol Spence Jr. has no interest in facing Keith Thurman

Spence has not fought since being knocked out by Terence Crawford in the ninth round last year. The defeat meant Spence lost the chance to become the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era. The Truth wanted the rematch at 154 pounds, but Crawford distanced himself from the fight, annoyed by Spence’s excuse for the loss. 

Spence blamed his vision problems as he later had cataract surgery on his right eye. The WBO has now ordered Crawford to face the winner of Tim Tszyu vs Sebastian Fundora, who fight for the WBO and WBC Junior Middleweight Belts, leaving Spence without an opponent. 

Thurman was meant to face Tszyu initially, but the boxer pulled out after injuring his bicep in sparring. The former Unified Welterweight Champion has only fought once since losing to Manny Pacquiao in 2019. That was a victory over Mario Barrios in 2022. Thurman was linked with facing Spence at Junior Middleweight before The Truth faced Crawford at 147. But Spence shut the prospect of that fight down. 

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Spence could stay at 147 and face Jaron Ennis in a huge welterweight clash. But since he struggled to make 147 against Crawford, a move up to 154 could make sense. The IBF and WBA Junior Middleweight Belts are vacant, meaning Spence could target those two belts. That could create a situation for a rematch with Crawford at 154.


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