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Spence is not expected to return to 147 after Thurman fights at 154


Via Jim Calfa: Errol Spence Jr will test run at 154 against Keith Thurman in April, and it is unlikely he will return to 147 lb after that.

Given the difficulty Spence had in coming up with the 147 lb limit, staying at 154 permanently made sense for him after his fight with Thurman. If Spence thinks it was hard for him to hit his former 147 lb limit, wait until he tries to gain weight after his fight with Thurman at 154.

It would make sense for Spence to return to welterweight if there was a big-money fight for him in the weight division, but there isn’t.

There’s no reason for Spence to go back to 147

Terence Crawford, although he’s talented, he’s NOT the PPV attraction, and he never has been. Crawford’s recent fight with David Avanesyan on BLK Prime PPV on December 10 is rumored to have yielded terrible pay-per-view numbers.

The only advantage of having Spence vs Crawford is for ego/legacy purposes as the bout won’t appeal to casual boxing fans since Terence isn’t famous.

The other young weightlifters, Jaron Ennis, Roiman Villa and Rashidi Ellis, aren’t worth Spence’s return to 147 lb because they’re on par with Crawford in popularity or incompetence.

Going back to 147 would be too difficult

It’s unlikely that Spence will even try as he won’t want to squeeze all his energy out, especially as he battles these killers: Terence Crawford, Jaron Ennis, Eimantas Stanionis and Vergil Ortiz Jr.

Under normal circumstances, Spence’s fight with Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) would have been at 147 as the WBC ordered Errol to defend his welterweight title against him.

Instead, Spence is using his A-side position to put the match at 154, and it is reported that this will meet his WBC claim.

If Spence decides to stay at 154, as many believe, then he no longer needs to worry about Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis being forced to join his IBF. That is supposed to be negotiated within 120 days of Spence’s April game.

As ESPN reports, the WBA will give Spence 60 days to try to negotiate a game against Terence Crawford for an undisputed 147th place win after the match against Thurman. Had Spence not been in that fight, he would have faced winner Eimantas Stanionis versus Vergil Ortiz Jr.

Spence’s protest at 154

Unless Spence will fight his good friend Jermell Charlo, he will face the same bland confrontation at 154 that he played against 147.

The upside, of course, is that Spence will prolong his career as there aren’t too many guys who can trouble him other than Charlo, who is supposed to move up to 160th and drop the belt.

Options for Spence at 154:

  • Tim Tszyu
  • Sebastian Fundora
  • Tony Harrison
  • Brian Castano
  • Israil Madrimov

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