Boxing world champion Errol Spence Jr (22-0, 18KO) has been gathering his options as to who his next potential opponent could be.
After winning his first ever world title against Kell Brook in May, the 27-year-old instantly turned his sight on unified welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman (28-0).
Speaking to Behind the Gloves’ Michelle Joy Phillips in a post-fight interview, he said:
“Keith Thurman is with Al Haymon and I’m with him too, so we definitely can make that happen.
“I think that’s an easy fight. He’s injured right now so I’m not worried about him right now.
“Hopefully, I can fight home in Desto but I want to fight Keith Thurman because it’ll be easy to make.
“He has two of the belts and I have one of them so let’s do it.”
The pair have been in instant call-outs in the past couple of years by boxing fans around the world.
The styles in particular make sense with Spence’s footwork, able to break the range and distance off his opponent, astonishing body shots and devastating left hook.
Since Spence Jr stamped his name on the warrior’s ladder by beating Brook in his hometown of Sheffield, he clearly deserves all the big fights more than ever.
But ever since Thurman injured his elbow during training camp, it seems very unlikely a fight with Spence Jr could happen this year.
Thurman told USA TODAY: “It’s definitely a slow recovery. I understand now why the doctor told me it was going to take six months. I thought I was going to be able to ice it and three months (after the surgery) I’d be back in the gym, right? It’s not that simple.
“I have to admit being here’s not helping it. I could be getting better treatment in the U.S. Right now I’m just doing the daily exercises I’m supposed to be doing. I do believe it should come back around the time the doctor originally said. When I return to the U.S., I will be flying into New York to get assessed by the doctor.”
In terms of his activity level, he stated:
“If I’m real lucky, I might be able to be active in December.
“There may be a tuneup in the near future. At the end of the day, we’re not negotiating or thinking about fights right now.”
‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter, another possible candidate, would be a good match for Spence Jr. One thing they both have in common is they both yearn to fight Thurman – even though Porter already fought Thurman and were scheduled to rematch until the injury happened.
Porter is known for his devastating bob and weave style which includes a big left and right hook on top that have taken down fighters in the past.
His footwork has been hard to escape from and his jab is known to be very stiff and hard to counter.
In a recent interview with Sports Day, Spence Jr eyed another possible opponent that he believes could be the biggest fight of his career.
That being the WBC super-welterweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-1).
He stated: “Right now, yeah that would be the biggest fight but since he’s at 160, I don’t see that happening. But if he was able to come down to 154, I would definitely move up.”
Alvarez will be fighting Gennady Golovkin in one of the highly anticipated bouts this year and one that will keep fans on the edge of their seats.
Jeff Horn has emerged as another fighter for Spence Jr after the Australian beat Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO title in the illustrious 147-pound division.
Whatever the case maybe for Spence Jr, he’s a fighter that will be the name of the future in the sport of boxing. He wants the best. He wants to achieve more and more importantly wants to achieve by being the best.
By Waqas Ali. You can follow him on Twitter on @Waqaas95