Where Is A Returning Keith Thurman Looking To Fight?
Although traveling has been limited due to COVID-19, Keith Thurman would make the move overseas to face a former fellow world champion.
Speaking with PepTalkUK, Thurman discussed the idea of facing off against Kell Brook. The former WBA Welterweight Champion in Thurman (29-1, 1 NC) has never fought outside of the United States before.
“Kell Brook is a great rival, and he’s done a lot of great things in the welterweight division,” Thurman stated, via Boxing Scene. “Send me the pounds, mate. Send me the pounds … I’m all about contracts and all about opportunities.”
Thurman lost his first fight last July when Manny Pacquaio beat him via split decision for his WBA Title. He has spent the past few years healing from injuries, some of which forced him out of action from 2017 until his January 2019 return against Josesito Lopez. The 31-year-old is recently healing up from another surgery and is also looking to face Pacquiao in a rematch.
Brook (39-2) has also not been as active, due in part to injuries while taking extra time off. “Special K” won the IBF Welterweight Title off of Shawn Porter in August 2014. He defended it three times before moving to middleweight to face Gennadiy Golovkin. Losing to Golovkin via TKO and Spence via KO, Brook sustained damage and lost his title. He took a year off before facing Sergey Rabchenko and Micahel Zerafa. Brook would end up beating Mark DeLuca in February for the WBO Inter-Continental Light-Middleweight Title.
The 34-year-old has shown interest in WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford but has been asking for Thurman since 2017. Thurman wouldn’t mind the opportunity to face someone like Brook, stating he’d want to be like Muhammad Ali and fight all over the world.
“[Brook is] not that active right now. I don’t know where his name stands now,” Thurman went on to say. “But personally, there was a time and a place where I would have loved to take that fight. If there’s a real opportunity, show it to me, baby.”