Via Chris Williams: WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed Wednesday that Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is Errol Spence Jr’s next mandatory IBF/WBA/WBC weightlifting champion, that’s because he has three belts.
This means that Spence (28-0.22 KOs) will need to face ‘One Time’ Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) next if he wants to keep his 147-lb WBC title.
Of course, when you’re talking about 33-year-old Thurman, you can’t rule out that he turned his chance to play Spence due to injury or being overweight.
If Spence chooses not to face Thurman, he’s watching a much tougher fight against IBF mandatory Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis. The war on paper is a lot more of an issue for Spence than WBO ‘One Time’ champion Thurman or the aging Terence Crawford is inactive.
“No, the WBC mandate is next. Thurman is the No. 1 candidatebut everything will be seen at [WBC] congress,” WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told Fighthype when asked if Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis is Errol Spence Jr’s next mandatory IBF/WBA/WBC weightlifting champion.
“I believe Ennis is a mandatory IBF,” says Sulaiman.
With Spence faced with having to decide between defending against Thurman or Boots Ennis, the logical choice was to use One Time.
With that said, Spence can always move to 154, but there aren’t many for him to fight in that weight class other than Jermell Charlo, Sebastian Fundora and Tim Tszyu.
Although Thurman has pushed the fight against Spence for the last year, the old ‘Once’ has been quiet from the media since his victory over Mario Barrios last February.
Spence was adamant about his desire NOT to fight Thurman as he hadn’t given him a title years ago when he held the titles and was not interested in defending them against Errol.
Unless Spence changes his mind, we won’t see a fight between them. If Spence chooses to stay at 147 and fail to defend against WBC mandatory Thurman, he will likely face his IBF mandatory Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, as that is the next due.
More boxing fans will be more interested in the Spence-Ennis match than the one involving Thurman as ‘One Time’ has dented his popularity by rarely fighting since 2015. 2017.
Thurman has largely been forgotten by fans because he doesn’t fight often. Furthermore, he hasn’t beaten a quality boxer since his narrow win over Danny Garcia five years ago in 2017.