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Q&A: Thurman targets Mayweather one fight at a time
Unbeaten welterweight contender Keith Thurman: "There's only a few more steps on the ladder, and as I knock off a few more guys, I'm getting closer to the top (and) toward getting that big money fight."
Unbeaten welterweight contender Keith "One Time" Thurman was ringside at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday night's unanimous decision by Floyd Mayweather Jr. that dethroned Canelo Alvarez as RING and WBC junior middleweight champion.
In victory over Alvarez, Mayweather also defended the WBA 154-pound belt he captured by unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto last year. In the fight before Alvarez, Mayweather, 36, defended his WBC welterweight belt by unanimous decision against former titleholder Robert Guerrero to become THE RING's 147-pound champion.
A 24-year-old who is coming off of July's 10th-round knockout of previously unbeaten Diego Chaves for his 10th stoppage in his past 11 bouts, Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs) is itching to thrust himself into the Mayweather sweepstakes.
Following Mayweather's triumph over Alvarez, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer listed the No. 1-rated pound-for-pound fighter's options as potentially including fighters covering the 147-, 154-, and, even the 160-pound divisions.
Broached was was a rematch with Cotto, who had won three straight by knockout before falling to Mayweather, and who lost a subsequent unanimous decision to Austin Trout last December. Cotto will return to the ring on Oct. 5 against Delvin Rodriguez.
Former undisputed middleweight champion and RING light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins said that he would love to face Mayweather at 160 pounds should he get beyond an Oct. 26 defense of his IBF 175-pound belt opposite Karo Murat.
Another consideration is RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who scored an 11th-round knockdown on the way to a unanimous decision over No. 1-rated Lucas Matthysse on the Mayweather-Alvarez card in what Garcia said would be his final bout as a 140-pounder.
Schaefer confirmed to RingTV.com that he had tried to match Thurman with Guerrero but said that Guerrero declined the offer.
RingTV.com: What did you think of the way Mayeather and Alvarez fought?
Keith Thurman: For the most part, the fight went how I thought that it would go. I was expecting Canelo to be in the best shape of his life just because the contract called for him to be at 152.
Floyd likes to fight those who he knows that have a belt. That way, he can add to his resume. I think that Floyd happens to be one of the best belt collectors that there is out there.
RingTV.com: What sort of a challenge would it be for you if you were mentioned, and would it have been too early, say, by May, for you to be ready to handle the type of atmosphere that a fight against Mayweather involves?
RingTV.com: What is your understanding of who has been mentioned and of what is happening in those fights?
That's pretty much just because of all of the effort that has gone into promoting the Mayweather fight. Hopefully, within a week or so, the negotiations will start to get finalized.
Then, we'll get closer to knowing exactly what's going to go down, and if that opponent is going to be the opponent or not. So I'm still on standby.
I'm just waiting for that final phone call, which will hopefully come soon. But Soto Karass, that's what we're hearing.
RingTV.com: What is your understanding of the situation with Guerrero?
I just know that he didn't have a fight lined up. He's a great fighter and I was hoping to step into the ring with one of the big names out there. But obviously, he's just another one that doesn't want to fight Keith Thurman.
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