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Keith Thurman says he is looking forward to Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford

Keith Thurman. Photo credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

Former WBA and WBC welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman 30-1 (22) could be forgiven for getting his nose out of joint at the four-belt unification bout between WBC, WBA and IBF 147-pound champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) and WBO counterpart Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30).

The pair of undefeated southpaws will battle it out to determine who in the number one welterweight on the planet at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29. The winner will be awarded the prestigious Ring Magazine world title belt and will likely end up in the number one slot on many people’s mythical pound-for-pound lists.

Inactivity has marred Thurman’s career and injuries have robbed him of a large part of his prime. But he remains desperate to prove he can still mix it with the elite.

The 34-year-old from Clearwater, Florida had been in negotiations to face the Spence this year but those talks took a backseat when the 33-year-old from Desoto, Texas recommenced communication with Omaha, Nebraska’s Crawford, 35, about their vaunted match-up.

But while he is disappointed he didn’t get the call up for the plum assignment, he insists he isn’t mad.

“They wanted to make the biggest fight possible for the sport of boxing,” Thurman told FightHubTV. “There was nothing on my end (to object to the fight). I’m a ‘yes man.’ I’m a two-time champion of the world. I’m looking for that title contention once again. When champions fight champions, contenders have to sit on the sidelines and that’s just the way it is right now. So it’s very difficult. There’s a lot of tremendous talent in the welterweight division.

“But you know boxing has been criticised for not making the big fights happen so it’s like the fighter in me knows what I want: the Spence fight. The political boxing supporter in me knows that this is one of the biggest match-ups of the year. And that it had to be done. Of course, in the meantime, from last year when I competed, Thurman could have gotten in [the ring], with Crawford. Thurman could’ve gotten in with Spence.”

Thurman has fought just once in the past four years, a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Mario ‘El Azteca’ Barrios 27-2 (18). That bout took place 16 months ago. His previous bout to that took place in July 2019 when he lost a split decision to Manny Pacquiao.

In the past six years he has fought a miserly three times.

“Every day of my life, it can be one year, two year, every day of my life is one day closer to my next match,” Thurman said.

“I just have that positive outlook with boxing. Maybe I’m more patient than I need to be, know what I’m sayin’? I’ve got that Zen nature. I’ve got faith that everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna work itself out. Hakuna matada, baby.”