Fantasy Fight: Keith Thurman vs Errol Spence Jr – Who Wins?
Keith Thurman vs Errol Spence Jr could very well be on the cards in the not too distant future now that both hold welterweight world titles.
For quite some time now, many in the boxing community have praised highly touted welterweight Errol Spence Jr.
Drawing comparisons to the great “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Spence, a 27-year-old American originally from Long Island, New York, appears to be destined for greatness.
Late last month, Spence made a tremendous statement, scoring an eleventh round knockout victory over Kell Brook in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England to become the International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion.
With one major 147-pound title now in his possession, “The Truth” has his sights set on unifying the division, which is why he’s expressed interest in a bout with reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, which is undoubtedly one of the best bouts that can be booked in boxing at this time.
Thurman, a 28-year-old native of Clearwater, Florida, possesses a perfect 28-0 professional record, with 22 of those victories coming by way of knockout.
While his resume clearly speaks for itself, his two most recent victories speak volumes in regards to just how talented of a fighter he is.
Taking on former IBF champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter on June 25, 2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Thurman scored an impressive unanimous decision victory to retain his WBA title and set up a highly anticipated bout with then WBC titleholder Danny Garcia, which took place this past March also at Barclays Center.
In an entertaining bout between two of the best 147 pounders in the world, Thurman took home a split decision victory over Garcia.
Known as a knockout artist and one of the heaviest hitters in the welterweight division, Thurman would certainly represent a stiff test for Spence and he would also represent the next step in Spence’s quest towards achieving welterweight greatness.
As far as styles go, a bout between Thurman, who typically fights using an orthodox stance, and Spence, who typically fights using a southpaw stance, would be intriguing to say the least.
Spence is quite a large welterweight, standing at 5’9” tall. He also possesses some power of his own, as 18 of his 21 professional victories have come by way of stoppage.
In addition to these traits, Spence also utilizes great movement and impeccable timing, so it’d be interesting to see how he’d match up against the ever improving and always powerful Thurman.
Now, it is important to note that Thurman recently underwent successful surgery on his right elbow, which will keep him out of action for at least six months according to a report from ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.
With that being said, however, here’s to hoping this fight comes to fruition in the near future. If it does, who would you pick to come out on top?