By Edward Chaykovsky
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO for Mayweather Promotions, says unbeaten puncher Keith Thurman (22-0, 20KOs) has yet to beat the type of opposition to secure him a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26KOs). Both fighters work with adviser Al Haymon, but that isn't enough to get Mayweather. Thurman has already been demanding a fight with Mayweather.
Ellerbe says the young knockout artist must test himself against a higher tier of opponent. Thurman is back on April 26th, when he faces former champion Julio Diaz at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
"Who?," Ellerbe said when initially asked about Thurman on Shade 45 Satellite radio. "I've heard of him. All of these young and up and coming fighters want to be a part of the Mayweather sweepstakes because at the end of the day it's about getting paid. Who has [Thurman] fought? The young, up and coming fighters - they get in there with [regular] guys, and until you are tested you can't step to this level and talk about getting in there with the best ever to do it."