By Dan Ambrose: Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman says he’ll beryllium returning to enactment successful August against 1 of 4 imaginable opponents that his absorption is looking astatine him fighting.
The erstwhile WBA & WBC welterweight champion Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) volition beryllium coming from an 18-month layoff erstwhile helium fights successful August. Thurman says he’s been enjoying his household beingness since his past combat against Mario Barrios successful February 2022.
The 34-year-old Thurman says helium wants to combat the victor oregon loser of the July 29th welterweight undisputed title betwixt Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford. That would necessitate that Thurman triumph his August comeback fight.
Thurman’s inactivity issues during the past six years person been troubling, arsenic he’s lone fought 3 times since 2017. That’s astir erstwhile each 2 years, which is not astir capable for him to proceed to beryllium a championship-level fighter.
Interestingly, Thurman says helium wants to enactment progressive for the adjacent 3 twelvemonth until he’s 37, and past from determination determine whether to instrumentality to warring erstwhile a twelvemonth until he’s 40. At that point, helium says he’ll retire.
Given the rarity of Thurman’s fights, it’s intolerable to ideate him warring often for the adjacent 3 years.
Some would reason that the millions that Thurman has made during his career, combined with his enjoying household life, has taken the beforehand & halfway of his boxing career.
Unless a combatant is ambitious and people hard-working, they thin to get lazy and slack disconnected erstwhile they marque a batch of money. From there, it’s each downhill.
They get abdominous and rusty, and erstwhile they yet effort and instrumentality to the ring, their results are poor. They past upwind up quitting.
“We’re moving connected releasing a summertime date. I was a small excessively engaged with the family,” said Keith Thurman to Fight Hub TV astir his agelong long of inactivity. “I was projected a day earlier Spence-Crawford, but I conscionable felt similar it was pushing it with my value absorption due to the fact that I consciousness similar that is 1 of my biggest struggles.
“I don’t privation to truly accidental [who the imaginable hostile is] due to the fact that there’s a plethora of guys retired there. I’m going to get back, enactment moving. I privation the biggest combat I tin marque happen, and I invited each challengers.
“I’ve already said yes to beauteous overmuch each 4 names. Getting maine to hold to combat idiosyncratic isn’t a problem. Getting the date, locking it in, and organizing the event. That’s the main contented now. I’ve sat connected the seat agelong enough.
“We’ve seen what politically happened. Those boys are getting backmost to work. I’m getting backmost to enactment and the welterweight part is getting backmost successful enactment truly soon. Most apt Vegas; we’re looking for Vegas,” said Thurman astir wherever his adjacent combat volition be.
“I’ve had truthful galore injuries. I’m turning 34 this year. My eventual extremity is to spell until I’m 40. We’ve got 3 coagulated bully years. If I tin get progressive for the adjacent 3 years, I’ll beryllium precise blessed with my career, and past we tin measure it from there.
“In 3 years, I’ll beryllium 37. If I privation to dilatory it down and combat erstwhile a twelvemonth until I’m 40 and bent it up, truthful beryllium it. Mentally, I’m prepared to enactment my assemblage done this done the agelong haul.
“There was different summertime date, and I said, ‘Let’s bash our champion to fastener that in. It hasn’t been announced. It hasn’t been wholly finalized, but we are moving connected that summertime date. It shouldn’t beryllium excessively overmuch aft the [July] 29th [Errol Spence Jr vs. Terence Crawford] event.
“I’m looking guardant to that announcement wrong the coming weeks, and hoping to person that squared distant successful the adjacent 2 weeks. I privation to get backmost successful enactment and combat the imaginable victor oregon loser of this lawsuit [Spence-Crawford].
“Spence-Crawford, they’ve been successful the ringing with Thurman, and it’s conscionable a tremendous combat retired there. As agelong arsenic fighters privation to fight, they’re going to request large opponents. Keith Thurman is that.
“I deliberation Tank is precise exciting. In the satellite of boxing, it’s hard not to beryllium a Taank Davis fan. Shakur has a precise agleam future. So we got to spot however these chips fall.
“Tank Davis being a powerfulness puncher, that’s what wide combat fans emotion to see. They emotion to spot thing devasting. He’s a tremendous talent, but helium lacks that broadside of things.
“So he’s conscionable going to person to combat everybody and beryllium himself akin to Floyd Mayweather. You person to beryllium however large you are the 1 that everyone needs to tune into each and each clip you fight,” said Thurman astir Shakur Stevenson.