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Keith Thurman: Next Opponent May Not Even Be in Top Ten

WBA, WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman is really looking to take it easy for his planning comeback fight.

Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) is scheduled to return to the ring against an unnamed opponent on May 19th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

His last fight also took place at Barclays, when he won a twelve round split decision over Danny Garcia to unify their welterweight belts in March of 2017.

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Thurman had a pre-fight elbow injury that required surgery, and kept him out of the ring for the remainder of the year.

The rumored opponent for Thurman was former two division world champion Jessie Vargas, but BoxingScene.com reported two weeks ago that Vargas was ruled out at the comeback foe.

Thurman admits that his next opponent is likely not going to be anyone of a high caliber, but the second fight of the year will be against someone of a better quality.

Because of the long layoff and the elbow surgery, Thurman is being very cautious with his next fight.

First thing is first, We just want to make sure that we're back completely. I might not even fight anybody in the top ten in my comeback fight. We'll have to see what we negotiate, but outside of that, the second fight should not really be against the number 2 guy. I can go after someone from the top seven up, the top five up, but shouldn't be the number two guy," Thurman told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

The fight everyone wants to see is against IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence (23-0, 20 KOs), who wants to face Thurman as soon as possible.

Spence returned to the ring last month and dominated Lamont Peterson to secure a stoppage victory. He is scheduled to return on June 16th in a Showtime televised fight from his hometown of Dallas, Texas. The opponent has yet to be determined.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by b morph on 02-07-2018

A tune up is understandable, but the 2nd fight of the year better be quality. He really should fight Spence at the end of the year there is absolutely no reason why he shouldn't.

Comment by Tha Kid on 02-07-2018

[QUOTE=Bumdre Ward;18466609]Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... What is even the point of watching him fight then? So disappointing.[/QUOTE] Your top ten is interesting homey. LOL

Comment by future hendrixx on 02-07-2018

one month after beating garcia he calls out pacquiao to unify. [I] "At the end of the day we want that Pacman fight. I can't wait to negotiate that fight. Shoot, he can pick the date, he can pick anything…

Comment by Hot Shyt on 02-07-2018

he'll fight a top 5 guy but not the number 2 lol. thats some hoe ****. no way around it... I understand the first tune up after an injury but theres no excuse after that. it'll be over 2 years…

Comment by nycsmooth on 02-07-2018

If you know the type of injury Thurman had you can understand why I say he's nursing that injury to come back he could have come back a few months earlier with no problems and of course she's not going…

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