Spence Wants Thurman, But Focused On Peterson

On Tuesday, IBF welterweight king Errol Spence held a media workout for his January 20th showdown against former champion Lamont Peterson

As the star of Spence continues to rise, the list of potential top opponents also grows. The name at the top of the list is WBC/WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.

Even though the unification fight between Thurman and Spence is possible for either 2018 or 2019, Spence made it clear Tuesday that his focus is on Peterson.

“I keep the tunnel vision because I know Lamont Peterson is a dangerous fighter and if I don’t beat Lamont Peterson then I can’t get those fights. It is one step at a time – if I beat Lamont Peterson then the other fights can happen so my total focus is on Lamont Peterson until that fight is over with,” Peterson stated.

Thurman has been on the mend since May, following elbow surgery. Even if Thurman were to return during the after having surgery on his elbow and is looking for more of a warm up fight before entertaining the idea of facing Spence.

Even though Spence had a top performance in his victory over Kell Brook in 2017, Thurman isn’t quick to praise Spence.

“I guess he called me a hot air balloon and said that he is going to burst my bubble. Keith Thurman said a lot of things that he hasn’t lived up to. He calls himself ‘One Time’ but he hasn’t been ‘One Time’ for a long time. I mean I don’t care what Keith Thurman says until he signs a contract. It doesn’t matter what he says. Everything else is irrelevant,” said Spence.

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