By Chris Williams: Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman says he’s not happy that IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr is planning to drop to 154 to campaign at that weight after his fight with the champ WBO Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford failed to turn.
WBC No. 1 Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) says he will figure out a way to win a world title again at 147. Besides his No. 1 ranking with the World Boxing Council, Thurman is ranked No. 3 WBA , No. 3 WBO and No. 6 IBF at welterweight.
Given the 33-year-old Thurman’s No. 1 ranking with the WBC, he’ll likely take this route to try and clinch a belt, as it’s less risky than if he had to go for one of the other belts.
If Thurman attempts to win the IBF, WBA or WBO strap, he could find himself competing against Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, and that wouldn’t be a good idea for a fighter who has fought three times in the last five years since his grueling battle against brutal Danny Garcia in 2017.
Assuming Thurman is fighting for the 147-pound WBC belt after Spence leaves, “One Time” would mistake him for one of these contenders:
WBC top 10 at welterweight
2. Vergile Ortiz
3. Jaron Ennis
4. David Avanesyan
5. Conor Benn
6. Yordenis Ugas
7. Thulani Mbenge
8. Cody Crowley
9. Alexander Besputin
10. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
It’s uncertain whether Vergil Ortiz Jr would accept a fight against Thurman if the WBC ordered the fight because his resume is so weak it might be too shocking.
Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs) has already made it clear that his focus is on the IBF title, so Thurman needn’t worry about him if he goes the WBC route to winning a belt.
You have to rule out No. 4 David Avanesyan and No. 5 Conor Benn as potential Thurman opponents for obvious reasons. Neither of them will be able to challenge for the WBC belt any time soon.
“If he wants to go up and free the belts, I’ll find a way to be champion again at 147said Keith Thurman via Blueblood Sports TV about IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence who could move up to 154 and free his three 147 belts.
“My pride won’t like it because we want to compete with champions,” Thurman said.