World Boxing Association welterweight champion Keith Thurman is eager to prove he is the best welterweight in boxing today. After his exciting unanimous decision victory against Shawn Porter over the weekend, Thurman proclaimed he wants to Danny Garcia next.
The Thurman vs. Garcia showdown has the potential to be a welterweight matchup for the ages. Both champions have yet to lose a single fight in their professional boxing careers. Thurman has successfully defended his WBA belt six times, while Garcia took the World Boxing Council welterweight title with a win over Robert Guerrero in January.
During Saturday’s post-fight press conference, Thurman told reporters he is aware that he may fight a mandatory challenger before Garcia. BoxingScene reported that the mandatory challenger is David Avanesyan. The Russian pugilist outboxed Shane Mosley in May to become Thurman’s No. 1 challenger.
“If I have to take this mandatory, I have to take this mandatory,” said Thurman. “So there are points in time in a fighter’s career where one does not get what he wants. But since you asked, in my heart, I want an opportunity to face Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia.”
Now that the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have “retired” from boxing, Thurman knows the welterweight spotlight is his for the taking. If he ever faces Garcia and defeats him, he will only need to beat International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kell Brook next to become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world.
“You got to ride the train, man. Mayweather didn’t become Mayweather overnight,” Thurman told Boxing Scene. “It was never one fight that made Mayweather. It’s never going to be one fight that makes Keith Thurman. It’s the continuation of fighting at this level, at this pedigree, and coming out on top.”
According to Box Rec, Thurman has a record of 27 wins, no losses and no draws. In 27 fights, the man known as “One Time” knocked his opponent out a total of 22 times.