By Edward Chaykovsky
Earlier this month at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Keith Thurman won a twelve round split decision over Danny Garcia to unify the WBC, WBA welterweight titles.
On May 27th in Sheffield, another important welterweight fight will take place when Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) makes a mandatory defense of his IBF world title against mandatory challenger Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KOs).
Thurman has a very big interest in facing the winner of the contest.
Brook vs. Spence will be officially announced on Wednesday at a press conference in the UK.
The fight will be televised by Showtime in the United States, and Thurman is very interested in traveling over to Sheffield to watch in from ringside.
Thurman views Brook as an undefeated 'welterweight' fighter, because his sole career defeat came at the hands of IBF, WBC, IBO, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin last September. Brook moved up by two weight divisions to take the fight.
"The best man will win. The funny thing is, Errol Spence is an undefeated welterweight coming up through the welterweight rankings, calling out everybody and waiting for an opportunity like the one he has been granted. I know he’s eager to showcase his skill and his talent to the world and bring the belt back home to the US," Thurman told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
"Kell Brook has never ducked or dodged anybody, I don’t think he’s fought a lot of tremendous fighters ranked in the top ten in the welterweight division, but he did move up two weight classes and he got beat by Golovkin. That shows you that he has no fear and he’s willing to fight anybody and he’s willing to fight the best in the world and because the only blemish on his record is to Golovkin, at the end of the day, Kell Brook is still an undefeated welterweight. He has not been defeated by any welterweight in the welterweight division to date."
"In my opinion, we are still watching two undefeated welterweights, even though one has a blemish on his record. They both have a lot to prove and it’s going to be a big platform for them to prove it on. I believe it’s Errol Spence’s toughest fight to date. Kell Brook does have good boxing experience, he knows how to hold his own in there, he has good defense, he has good size as a welterweight. It’s an intriguing match-up and I’m interested in seeing the outcome myself, I may even fly out there to be a spectator."