clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Spence hunting title unification with Thurman

Errol Spence says he’s been targeting a Keith Thurman fight since he was 15-0.

Boxing at Bramall Lane Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) knows exactly what he wants — a title unification fight with Keith Thurman. But he also knows that the fight isn’t in the cards for the immediate future with Thurman on the sidelines nursing an elbow injury. So Spence tells Sky Sports that he’ll look to make a voluntary title defense until Thurman is good to go.

"Right now I'm trying to get a fight in before Keith Thurman, because he's supposed to be injured right now. He won't come back until early 2018 and I'm not going to wait that long.

"Hopefully I can fight before the year is over with and then fight him later next year."

But even if Spence is happy to keep busy in the interim, he’s not taking his eye’s off Thurman, someone he’s wanted to face for quite some time.

"Even when I was 15 and 0, I was asking for that fight. It's a fight I've wanted for a long time and that's my dream fight right now."

Thurman currently holds the WBC and WBA welterweight titles while Spence is keen on cleaning up the division. The only other titlist is Jeff Horn who currently holds the WBO belt.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook