Keith Thurman doesn’t want Errol Spence Jr to move up in weight.
But, even if he does do it, Thurman said he’ll still find a way to become a welterweight champion again.
“If he wants to move up and vacate the belts, I’ll find a way to become champion at 147 once again,” said Thurman via Blueblood Sports TV.
“My pride will dislike it because we want to compete with champions.”
Thurman, who is the No. 1 ranked WBC welterweight, was announced to be Spence’s next potential mandatory opponent after the anticipated megafight between Spence and WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford had been put aside.
But, after Crawford announced his next fight will be a stay-busy bout against ranked welterweight David Avanesyan in December, Spence said that he won’t be staying in the division for much longer.
Thurman was a reigning welterweight champion from 2015 to 2019. It ended when he met legend Manny Pacquiao and lost by 12-round split decision.
If Spence vacates his WBC, WBA and IBF titles and moves to junior middleweight, Thurman could be matched with Vergil Ortiz or Jaron “Boots” Ennis, but the latter is most likely to happen, according to some fans.