Keith Thurman: Shawn Porter is what the fans want, and I would love to make the fans happy

Joe Scarnici

Keith Thurman wants Shawn Porter, saying that's what the fans want to see.

Directly following his three-round win tonight over Julio Diaz, welterweight contender Keith Thurman spoke with the media and told them that Shawn Porter is the guy he wants to face, calling him "the number one option" in the welterweight division, as Thurman (23-0, 21 KO) looks to make his mark at 147 pounds.

"Porter's the number one option. Porter is what the fans want, and I would love to make the fans happy," Thurman said. "We're both young fighters. We're the two youngest American welterweights that are both undefeated. Pretty soon, there will only be one that is undefeated, if the fight happens tomorrow, or later on in our careers."

When asked if he thinks that Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO) will want to fight him next, Thurman wasn't quite as sure, but said he does expect the fight to go down at some point.

"Everybody nowadays -- boxing isn't what it once was, man," said Thurman. "We used to fight for pride, now we fight for the prize. So they try to get as many gifts as they can before they have to show their true skills and talent, and before they truly test themselves as a world champion. But it's gonna come sooner or later. I'm only 25 and he's 26. So just stay tuned."

Porter, of course, successfully defended his belt a week ago with a dominant TKO-4 win against Paulie Malignaggi.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker