By Allan Fox: Golden Boy Promotions have petitioned the WBC to order a struggle between #1 Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman and #2 Vergil Ortiz Jr. throughout the WBC’s conference as we speak. We’ll discover out tomorrow if the World Boxing Council orders the Thurman vs. Ortiz struggle.
Even when the WBC does mandate a struggle between Thurman and Ortiz on Wednesday throughout their conference, One Time’ most likely gained’t take it as a result of he’s hoping to hit it large with the mom load by going through Spence with out having to do any heavy lifting to get that large payday.
Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) is the present WBC necessary for welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr, and there are rumors that they’ll be preventing subsequent. That’s a struggle that Thurman has been after for the final yr, however Spence hasn’t proven any curiosity in taking it.
With that mentioned, it’s believed that Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) isn’t eager on preventing former WBA/WBC 147-lb champion Thurman, though it might imply a boatload of cash for the Texas native. Spence simply doesn’t fancy the struggle.
If Spence needs to make the identical sort of cash that Terence Crawford is getting for his December tenth title protection in opposition to David Avanesyan, his most suitable choice is to face Thurman subsequent moderately than somebody like Eimantis Stanionis.
For Golden Boy to be making an attempt to get a struggle for Ortiz in opposition to the 33-year-old Thurman, means that they like going the Spence route for a world title shot moderately than WBO champion Terence Crawford.
It’s good that Golden Boy has confidence in Ortiz that he can beat Thurman, particularly after the promotional firm was burned final Saturday night time with their fighter Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez getting schooled by WBA gentle heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
If Golden Boy lets Vergil face Thurman, they may get their fingers burned once more as a result of Keith could be too good for Ortiz.
You may argue their more cash for Ortiz preventing Spence on pay-per-view than going through Crawford. After all, if BLK Prime was able to throw loopy cash at Ortiz for preventing Crawford, that may be the way in which to go.
Nevertheless, if BLK Prime takes a monetary bathtub on Crawford’s December tenth pay-per-view struggle in opposition to David Avanesyan and loses tons of cash within the course of, they’re most likely not going to be wanting to pay an arm & a leg on placing on one other one of many Nebraska native’s fights. As soon as burned twice shy.
Golden Boy asks for Thurman vs. Ortiz to be ordered…
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) November 8, 2022