Keith Thurman Plans For October Fight, Says ‘Yes’ To Yordenis Ugas

Keith Thurman is looking to up his competition for his ring return.

Thurman revealed he plans to fight again in October. He was eyeing a return this summer, but he contracted Covid-19, which delayed those plans. Now he has a new target month and potential opponent.

“Before I got Covid, they were saying fall,” Thurman said on PBC Podcast. “Then they were saying September or October, and then I started hearing that it might look like October.

“Yes,” Thurman replied when asked if he’d be interested in fighting Yordenis Ugas.

“We can start playing the measuring stick game. For that purpose, I think it’s a good fight.”

Thurman last fought Mario Barrios this past February where he won by unanimous decision. The win came after the 33-year-old’s first career loss to now-retired Manny Pacquiao.

Thurman was once a top name in the welterweight division, displaying wins over Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia, but his over two-year absence from the ring has made room for champions like Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford.

When asked about fighting Ugas, Thurman expressed interest, but only in means of comparing himself to Spence, the IBF, WBC and WBA welterweight champion.

Spence and Crawford are working towards an undisputed title fight that may happen towards the end of the year.

So I’ve been learning from the past, I have my goals set, and I have plenty of time to accomplish it, so that’s why I’m moving now,” Thurman added.

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