Can Keith Thurman dethrone Errol Spence Jr?

By Brian Webber: IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr has been ordered to defend against his WBC proxy Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman for his next fight.

We don’t know if Spence will honor the World Boxing Council’s order for the Thurman fight. However, given Spence’s deadly composure since yesterday’s WBC decision, you suspect he’s considering ditching his 147-pound WBC title to avoid the fight.

If Spence releases his WBC strap, Thurman will face No. 2 Vergil Ortiz Jr (19-0, 19 KOs) for the belt, and it will be interesting to watch.

Thurman could prove to be 147-pound unified champion Spence’s kryptonite, ending his reign as world champion before Sharks Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, Vergil Ortiz Jr and Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford can reach him .

Former WBA/WBC 147-pound champion Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) has been the third-rail equivalent that Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) has seemingly been afraid to touch for the past five years.

Now Errol is forced to fight because the World Boxing Council ordered him to on Wednesday at their convention. The only way out for Spence is to quietly vacate his WBC title to sidestep Thurman and find a good excuse to tell the media when asked about it.

Thurman has been targeting Spence for years, calling him 24/7, pushing for a fight without success, but he cornered “The Truth,” thanks to the WBC ordering the fight.

Unsurprisingly, Spence has been eerily quiet since yesterday, perhaps in shock after hearing about the WBC ordering Thurman’s fight. Spence is probably thinking, ‘Is it worth it for me to take this risky fight against Thurman? Maybe I should leave the WBC belt and spin it to safer, less shark-infested waters at 154?

If Spence moves up to junior middleweight, he can avoid ‘The Big Four’ at welterweight:

  • Keith Thurman
  • Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis
  • Vergil Ortiz Jr.
  • Terence Crawford

It’s the dangerous sharks that surround Spence’s fleeing craft, looking to tear it apart once his ship descends into the murky depths.

“You took this WBC that I left. It’s the truth. Stop playing. Be the man who beats the unbeaten,” Keith Thurman told the Final Showdown Podcast. “We respect you; we admire everything you have done, Errol. We saw you compete for the United States in the Olympics.

I was beaten once. Who’s gonna beat me twice?

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