LOS ANGELES — Keith Thurman has fought all of the top 147-pound fighters in the division, with the exception of Errol Spence Jr.
But Thurman (29-1, 22 KO’s), 30, a former unified titleholder, has still fought the likes of Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Manny Pacquiao — all of whom have Hall of Fame caliber resumes.
In June 2016, he defeated Porter in a Fight of the Year candidate in a tight unanimous decision victory; and picked up a split decision victory against Garcia in March 2017.
Last Saturday, Spence narrowly beat Porter in their 12-round classic welterweight title unification bout by split decision.
Moments after the judges’ scorecards were revealed, Garcia (35-2, 21 KO’s), 31, of Philadelphia, who has won world titles at 140 and 147 pounds, jumped into the ring to challenge Spence to fight him next.
Sources have informed FightNights.com that Spence could face Garcia on January 25 in a PBC on FOX Pay-Per-View.
Thurman seems to be implying that there is an excellent chance that Garcia could score the upset.
“We haven’t seen him (Spence) up against everybody,” Thurman told FightHype after the Spence-Porter fight. “Danny Garcia has a very unique style, just like Shawn Porter was a unique style (for Spence).
“I fought Danny; (and) I fought Porter. And I can say, 100 percent, that Danny Garcia hits a lot harder than Shawn Porter.”
Could Garcia be the style that hands Spence his first professional defeat?
“He took plenty of shots from Shawn,” Thurman continued. “What happens if Danny lands a big counter? Danny hopped into that ring real quick, real quick! He saw something that gave him the confidence to do that.”
Garcia (35-2, 21 KO’s), rebounded from a title defeat to Porter last September to record a trio of knockdowns en route to a seventh-round stoppage of Adrian Granados in April at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The welterweight division has incredible depth. WBO titlist Terence Crawford, Garcia, Pacquiao, Porter, Spence, Thurman, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Sergei Lipinets is making headway, along with Yordenis Ugas, who lost a controversial decision to Porter in March, and red-hot prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr.
The fans will be rewarded.