Spence: I Told Keith Thurman I'll Stop Him Before Sixth Round

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – When Errol Spence Jr. saw Keith Thurman on Saturday night, he reminded the inactive welterweight champion that he hasn’t forgot about their fight.

“I told Keith Thurman I’ll stop him,” Spence said early Sunday morning. “I said l’ll stop him before the sixth.”

Spence and Thurman sat ringside at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they watched Shawn Porter defeat Danny Garcia by unanimous decision to win the WBC title an injured Thurman gave up late in April. Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) mentioned Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) and Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) as upcoming opponents, but the unbeaten IBF welterweight champion reiterated that him versus Thurman is “the fight” he wants within the welterweight division.


Thurman’s 18-month layoff and WBO champion Terence Crawford’s move to 147 pounds have made Spence-Crawford the most anticipated welterweight fight among most boxing fans. But Spence-Thurman will be easier to make because Spence and Thurman work with influential adviser Al Haymon, whereas Crawford is promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.

According to Spence, Thurman didn’t respond when Spence promised he’d knock out the unbeaten WBA champion.

“He just laughed,” Spence said. “He don’t say nothing. They know I’m the top dog. They know I’m the wolf in this division, I’m that guy, and I’m not ducking no opposition.”

Whenever Showtime’s cameras panned to Spence on Saturday night, fans at Barclays Center cheered. Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), whose return from elbow surgery and a subsequent hand injury still hasn’t been scheduled, was met with loud boos whenever his face appeared on the big screen.

“They love me because I’m a fighter that relates to the fans,” Spence said. “You know, I talk to the fans, I’m relatable to the fans. Where Keith Thurman, you know, he kind of disappeared a little bit. He hasn’t been fighting, he hasn’t been active and they wanna see the big fights. They don’t wanna see recycled fights, with him fighting Shawn Porter, with him fighting Danny Garcia. They wanna see him fight me. So I think when he comes back, he needs to fight me. You know, I need to fight Shawn Porter and then he fights me. So we’ll see.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Queen_Leia on 09-12-2018

[QUOTE=Mighty_Windir;19085056] :beerchug:[/QUOTE] I thought you were talking about Carlos Ocampo. I've never seen this fight before.

Comment by ptek on 09-11-2018

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;19085436]Keith Thurman is too young to be taking this long to recover. I mean Brook didn't take this long to recover from either time he broke his eye socket. And he fought ESJ after he broke it the first time…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 09-10-2018

I always thought keith didnt get love as much because he is an educated man who dont see any need trying to act like a gang member or getting drunk and drugged up and behaving like a loud annoying moron.…

Comment by Mighty_Windir on 09-10-2018

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;19087316]Four words for you. Luis Collazo body shot.[/QUOTE] ...And? Never said Keith hasn't been hurt before, although I'm not 100% sure in what fight was he ever knocked down, like Mauro Rallano claimed while he was fighting Danny Garcia :beerchug:

Comment by b morph on 09-10-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;19086429]Though I do see holes in Errol's D it still would be tough. Now saying things like, "Bud schools Errol" is looking like brave talk cuz they KNOW bob won't make the fight so they have no care saying things…

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