Keith Thurman says he’ll fight Terence Crawford this summer if offered

by Dan Ambrose: Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman says he’d accept a fight with Terence Crawford for this summer if he was next offered after he deals with Mario Barrios on February 5th on FOX PPV at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

A good selling point for Thurman’s fight with Barrios is to let the boxing fans know he plans to fight Crawford next.

Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) thinks all he’ll need to be ready to challenge WBO welterweight champion Crawford is one fight against Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs) first.

It’s been nearly three years since Thurman’s last fight in 20019, and there are a lot of questions about whether he has anything to do with it.

It’s possible that Thurman’s punching power will be the same as he had before the long break, but we don’t know if he lost speed and stamina.

Thurman will take Crawford next if he is offered to do so

“If this were presented to me, I would take the fight. I am open to fighting all heroes,” Keith Thurman said on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer.

Keith Thurman, boxing Terence Crawford photo and news photo

“False Lies. Asked why he asked for $10 million to fight Crawford, Bob Arum is a notorious liar,” Thurman said when asked why he had asked for nothing.

We don’t put a number in the negotiations. You see what number they bring you in the table, I had to say $10 million. His number was too low. I have to get it somehow.

“I should have said $20 million just to piss him off, but we don’t say any numbers. We don’t like to say numbers. I didn’t give him a verbal statement. He came out with his verbal statement.

“Maybe because we didn’t give him a number, he’s assuming I want $10 million. I want a respectable contract. I want to get a contract with a respectable purse at the time of negotiations.”

Crawford has already made it clear that he wants to fight Thurman next, and was ready to fight him in the first quarter of 2022.

When Crawford learned he had to wait until summer; He asked why that was the case.

Thurman being in a hurry to fight Crawford is a foolish move, but it may show that he wants the money right away if he is beaten up by a competitor.

With all the time Thurman has been out of the ring, he could lose to just about anyone.

Keith thinks he can compete with Crawford, Spence and Ogas

Being out of the ring for too long will make it difficult for Thurman to compete with Errol Spence Jr., Terrence Crawford and Yordenis Ogas.

If Thurman gets into a fight with any of the welterweight champions, it will be difficult for him due to the time he has been out of the ring.

“Nothing like that was introduced, which is why the fight didn’t happen,” Thurman said of a fight with Crawford.

“Of course, that’s massive welterweight stuff,” Thurman said when asked if he could stay with Errol Spence Jr., Terrence Crawford and Yordenis Ojas.

“It’s all about skills and tactics. I can explode with anyone, and from there, it’s boxing, baby. Hit and don’t hit. It’s the basics. I’m looking forward to getting in the ring.”

“I’m always ready to do my best. Win, lose or draw, I’m living a dream. For them to understand that you can’t be the best fighter in the world if you don’t beat Keith Thurman. Who are you?”

“How would you be the best fighter in the world if you didn’t beat Keith Thurman? That’s honest. That’s not biased,” Thurman said.

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