Spence on Thurman: He Likes To Talk, I'm Paying No Attention

By Victor Salazar 

New York, NY - Promise and hype have surrounded the career of unbeaten welterweight prospect Errol Spence Jr. (19-0, 16KOs).

Many feel the 26-year-old is the best of the 2012 United States Olympic class and one of the best prospects in the world. But the one knock on him so far is that he has not fought anyone of note. That factor will change in April, when he takes on former world champion Chris Algieri (21-2, 8KOs) in a step up Spence has longed for.

“It’s a fight I been asking for a while,” Spence told “He’s a former champion and has a great name. It’d be good to see if I can win a one sided fight and dominate him.”

Errol Spence

Many have seen improvements in Algieri’s offensive game with the addition of trainer John David Jackson. Spence feel Algieri is a really good fighter but doesn’t know if Algieri packs a punch.

“I seen his last two performance on the undercard of Quillin-Jacobs and the Amir Khan fight,” Spence said. “He’s more aggressive and he’s starting to come forward a little bit. He throws more punches. My assessment on him is that he’s good. I don’t know if he can punch or not, still to be seen on April 16th.”

Spence feels like there needs to be more 50-50 fights like his fight with Algieri and Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter.

“Welterweight is tough, a packed loaded division with young guys,” explained Spence. “We need to make this fights happen. It’s a packed division. I’m looking to get in there with a lot of them guys in these 50-50 type fights.

Thurman, who holds the WBA's welterweight crown, had been in the media talking about a fight with Spence, saying that the unbeaten boxer needed to prove himself. Thurman also threw stones at the endorsement given to Spence by Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Spence, however, is not paying no attention to the smack talk.

“I don’t pay attention to it. It’s part of the game. That’s what Keith Thurman does. He likes to talk. He’s got to worry about Shawn Porter and I got to worry about Chris Algieri.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Real boxer on 03-15-2016

[QUOTE=rasdun;16535952]I am not saying he would beat Thurman (although I think he does), but just because he doesn't have 5 good names doesn't mean he won't beat Spence. Has happened throughout history. Talent and hard work wins fights - not…

Comment by rudy on 03-15-2016

[QUOTE=rasdun;16535958]How many times have you actually seen Spence or Brook fight. I can't imagine that you've seen them each fight a few times and you think that. Brook is a legit top 5 welterweight. Spence is one of the top…

Comment by tredh on 03-15-2016

[QUOTE=_original_;16536519]The only reason Thurman has spoken about him is because this kid was running his mouth about Keith without actually doing something. This fight is his first step up so I'm glad we finally see him fi by t stiffer…

Comment by Vinnykin on 03-15-2016

A few people wanting Spence vs Thurman but won't he be due for an eliminator for Brook's IBF after the Algieri fight? I think Brook will have a voluntary after Bizier then Spence would fight an eliminator at the same…

Comment by revelated on 03-14-2016

Errol Spence - for those who don't know sh...about boxing - is a solid fighter. He's a late starter. He gives up rounds 1-3 and then comes out dominant. Remind you of anyone? Terrence Crawford. Does the same thing. Spence's…

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