Keith Thurman: I Want Errol Spence Jr.’s Belts, One Of Them Is Mine Anyway
Keith Thurman is hoping to share the ring with Errol Spence Jr. at some point.
Spence is the WBC and IBF Welterweight Champion. Thurman once held the WBA (Super) gold. In his last outing back in July 2019, Thurman lost the title via split decision against Manny Pacquiao.
BoxingScene.com caught up with Thurman, who made it clear that he’s gunning for a showdown with Spence.
“I love the Spence fight. I want those belts. Right now, he’s got two of them and one of them is mine anyway. He’s just holding onto it for me but it’s time to get back what belongs to me.”
The title that Thurman claims is his is the WBC gold. Thurman won that championship following a split decision win over Danny Garcia back in March 2017. Thurman vacated that title due to injury, so he was never beaten for it.
Thurman said he’s trying to prepare to face the best welterweights in the world again under just about any circumstance to return to action.
“We’ll see in time if it happens. One thing about me if you watch my history, I just love putting together big events in the welterweight division. It’s what I do. I love elite competition. I’m in it to win it. At the end of the day, I want the Spence fight. I assumed after the Pacquiao fight I was gonna have to fight Spence anyways.
“Now I don’t have the world title, so I don’t know if that makes people uninterested in Keith Thurman. It’s already hard enough to handle Thurman. Now it’s like, what’s the reward? I beat Thurman, what do I get. It’s not the first time. Pacquiao did it already. It just is what it is. I’m just trying to be ready for this year. Even if they call me up on short notice, I just want to be ready for these guys.”