Keith “One Time” Thurman(26-0, 22 KO’s) is quickly ascending to the top of the stacked welterweight division and is planning to waste no time in proving he is indeed the cream of the crop.
Thurman has already had an impressive start to his young career as the 27-year-old Clearwater, Florida native has not only gone undefeated in 27 professional fights but can also boast an impressive 80% KO ratio.
The road ahead will only get tougher however as Thurman embarks on a highly anticipated fight with “Showtime” Shawn Porter on March 12 live from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. This will be the WBA champion’s toughest challenge to date while also being an opportunity to back his talk up and prove he belongs at the top of the welterweight rankings.
If victorious against Porter in March, don’t expect the heavy hitter to take much of a break.
In an interview with World Boxing News, Thurman stressed that his primary focus is on the Porter fight, but would add that a fight with fellow undefeated welterweight Danny Garcia would be the next big fight he would like to make.
“The biggest fight that I’m faced with right now is Shawn Porter. But if we get through Shawn Porter the way me and my team want to achieve this victory, from here, the biggest fight I believe is a Danny Garcia fight,” Thurman told WBN. “Not only is it a tremendously big fight, but the winner of the fight gets to hold two titles at 147.”
“I have stated many times, on many occasions, that I want every belt in the welterweight division as I want to be the undisputed champion of the world. That has been a dream of mine since I was a young child and that’s where we are headed.”
Danny Garcia recently won the vacant WBC welterweight title that was up for grabs following Floyd Mayweather’s retirement by defeating Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in January.
Now that Danny’s mandatory challenger for the WBC title, Amir Khan, is moving up in weight to Challenge Canelo Alvarez, he will be in need of a worthy opponent for his next defense, and the winner of Thurman-Porter appears to fit the bill quite nicely.