Spence Tells Thurman To “Defend Or Vacate”
While Errol Spence is looking to unify his IBF welterweight title with Keith Thurman’s WBA and WBC titles, he may have to wait almost two years for a shot.
It has been over a year since Thurman defeated Danny Garcia by decision to unify the WBA and WBC crowns, since that night in March of 2017, Thurman has underwent surgery and gotten married, keeping him out of the ring.
The welterweight titlist was set to return on May 19th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, but would have to pull out of the fight with a hand injury.
Per an interview with Boxing Scene, Spence believes that some of the spark has gone out of Thurman’s eyes.
“Dude gets injured more than anybody I know. Thurman can fight. He’s a good fighter, but it seems that he’s losing the hunger a little bit. If you look at Thurman three years ago, the way he was talking – but now the way he’s talking is way different. He’s talking like an old fighter on the edge of retiring. Maybe he wants to go to wherever his girlfriend or wife’s from and live out the rest of his years. I don’t know,” Spence said.
Spence then had the spirit of the UFC’s Tony Ferguson as he gave Thurman an ultimatum.
“But he needs to stop holding the belts up. He needs to fight or vacate – one of the two.”
Spence attempted to breakdown what Thurman’s thinking may be.
“A lot of things changed for Thurman… more money. He just got comfortable… it just happens over time. He accomplished a lot of things. He beat Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. He’s the champion now. A lot of things changed, he’s real comfortable now. He’s getting a lot of money now, he’s not as hungry as he used to be,” Spence said.
Thurman already has two mandatory obligations waiting for him when he returns, with Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia both for the WBC crown.
Original Story: Boxing Scene