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Welterweight champ Errol Spence 'is finalizing junior middleweight bout with Keith Thurman in April'

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Welterweight champ Errol Spence 'is finalizing junior middleweight bout with Keith Thurman in April'

Welterweight champ Errol Spence ‘ends junior middleweight fight with Keith Thurman in April – BUT will retain his titles at 147 pounds and could still negotiate a blockbuster matchup with Terence Crawford’

Errol Spence and Keith Thurman are reportedly finalizing a deal for a pay-per-view junior middleweight bout in April, sources told ESPN.

A spokesman for Premier Boxing Champions declined to confirm the report when contacted by DailyMail.com. PBC is a televised boxing series affiliated with both fighters and managed by manager Al Haymon.

Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) holds three of the four major welterweight titles, but will not risk it in a proposed fight with Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs), according to ESPN. Both fighters spent their careers at 147 pounds, headlining a welterweight division that has arguably been the best in boxing over the past decade.

If Spence fights Thurman in April, he will have 60 days to negotiate a fight with WBO welterweight Terence Crawford or face a mandate to defend his 147-pound title against the winner of the Vergil Ortiz-Eimantas Stanionis fight in March. Spence-Crawford has been at the top of boxing fans’ wish lists for years, but the two sides have repeatedly struggled to reach an agreement.

Errol Spence

Keith Thurman

Errol Spence and Keith Thurman are reportedly finalizing a deal for a pay-per-view junior middleweight bout in April, sources told ESPN

Spence last fought in April against Yordenis Ugas, suffering a fractured orbital bone in the knockout loss. Ugas is coming off a win over legend Manny Pacquiao, who previously defeated Thurman in July of 2019.

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Thurman, who battled shoulder issues prior to his loss to Pacquiao, returned to the ring in February of 2022 to defeat Mario Barrios via unanimous decision.

For Spence, a potential fight with Thurman could be more than a cameo at 154 pounds. ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reports that Spence may decide to stay at junior middleweight, where the biggest competition is Jermell Charlo, the undisputed champion.

Spence and Charlo are actually training Derrick James.

If Spence fights Thurman in April, he will have 60 days to arrange a fight with WBO welterweight Terence Crawford (pictured) or face a mandate to defend his 147-pound titles against the winner of the Vergil fight Ortiz-Eimantas Stanionis in March.  Spence-Crawford has topped boxing fans' wish lists for years, but the two have repeatedly failed to come to terms.

If Spence fights Thurman in April, he will have 60 days to arrange a fight with WBO welterweight Terence Crawford (pictured) or face a mandate to defend his 147-pound titles against the winner of the Vergil fight Ortiz-Eimantas Stanionis in March. Spence-Crawford has topped boxing fans’ wish lists for years, but the two have repeatedly failed to come to terms.

Last month, Crawford scored an easy sixth-round knockout win over David Avanesyan in Omaha, but has not indicated a fight with Spence is on the horizon.

‘We don’t know what’s next,’ Crawford said after improving to 39-0 in front of his hometown.

Brian McIntyre, Crawford’s trainer, said his fighter is open to moving up from 147 pounds to 154: ‘I don’t think anyone at 54 or 47 can beat him. The only question is, ‘Who is willing to fight for him?’

That same night, Spence was involved in a major car accident – ​​his second since 2019 – but avoided major damage.

The 32-year-old Texan posted a self-shot video from after the crash, in which he said he was ‘head on’ by a 14-year-old who got into his car parents without permission or driver’s license. .

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‘He ran the light,’ Spence said in the video, showing the crumpled end of an SUV. ‘F*** my whole s*** up.’

Details of the crash were not released, but Spence appeared fine in his self-shot Instagram video.

Spence was involved in a more serious accident in 2019, when he overturned a Ferrari and was hospitalized with serious injuries, from which he has since recovered.

Spence (right) last fought in April against Yordenis Ugas (left), suffering a fractured orbital bone in the knockout loss.  Ugas is coming off a win over legend Manny Pacquiao, who previously defeated Thurman in July of 2019

Spence (right) last fought in April against Yordenis Ugas (left), suffering a fractured orbital bone in the knockout loss. Ugas is coming off a win over legend Manny Pacquiao, who previously defeated Thurman in July of 2019