IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence has a goal to fight Keith Thurman, but doubts he’ll ever see his fellow welterweight champion standing across from him.
Thurman, who has not fought in over a year, underwent elbow surgery following his split decision win over Danny Garcia, unifying the WBC and WBA welterweight championships.
He was set to return to the ring in May, but before any official announcement he would be sidelined with a hand injury, which would lead the WBC stripping Thurman of the title after not being able to fight mandatory opponent Shawn Porter.
Porter and Danny Garcia will now meet for the WBC crown later this year, as Thurman plots a comeback against a lower level opponent.
While Spence wants a fight with Thurman in an attempt to “clean up his side of the street,” he told the Breakfast Club that it may not happen.
“I couldn’t tell you what he’s doing. I think he just got married, got a kid on the way. I’m not over that one. I think he’ll be back and that’s a fight I definitely want. He still has one of the belts, the WBA. That’s a fight I definitely want when he comes back,” Spence told the syndicated morning show.
“We have the same manager, we fight on the same network. It’s an easy fight to make. I don’t think he’s scared. I don’t think he really wants the fight, because I’ve thrown it out there since I was 15-0. We’ll see what happens.”
Spence looks to follow up his stoppage wins over Lamont Peterson and Carlos Ocampo with a third fight sometime this fall.
Quotes Transcribed by: Boxing Scene