By Dan Ambrose: Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is being dumped on by followers for failing to take the combat with WBA ‘Tremendous World’ welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas to attempt to EARN a rematch with Manny Pacquiao.
If Thurman had fought Ugas and crushed him, it may have been him that took on Pacquiao final weekend.
Many boxing followers consider Thurman needed no a part of preventing Ugas as a result of he didn’t consider he may beat him.
So as an alternative of attempting to earn the combat with Pacquiao, Thurman selected to let the media know the way a lot he want to be simply given the rematch on a silver platter.
Sadly, it will have been a straightforward one for Thurman, 32, to arrange, as each he and Ugas are with PBC. Furthermore, the Cuban fighter would have gladly agreed to a combat with Thurman, as it will have been an enormous payday for him.
Former WBA/WBC 147-lb champion ‘One Time’ Thurman wanted Ugas’ WBA title to get Pacquiao to offer him the second combat that he needed after shedding to him two years in the past by a 12 spherical break up choice in July 2019.
Apparently, Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) says he would have preferred to have fought Ugas (27-1, 12 KOs) however the combat didn’t work along with his “timeline.”
Thurman explains why Ugas combat didn’t occur
“I believed it will have been an incredible combat for me, nevertheless it didn’t occur,” mentioned Keith Thurman when requested why he didn’t pursue a combat with Yordenis Ugas when Errol Spence Jr. selected to combat Pacquiao.
“I might have liked for it to occur. It could have been an incredible combat for me, particularly with two years of inactivity. I might have liked that combat,” mentioned Thurman concerning the Ugas match.
“That combat didn’t manifest on the timeline and on the clock. I used to be sitting again ready. I’m nonetheless coaching. The place’s the contract, child. Anytime, any date. I’m out right here working,” mentioned Thurman.
It’s unclear what timeline Thurman is referring to, as he’s been out of the ring for the final 25 months, and he’s had zero fights. That seems like Thurman is utilizing code language to say that he didn’t need the Ugas combat because of the danger concerned.
Maybe Thurman’s rationale for not selecting to combat Ugas has to do with him being obese for a lot of the previous two years since his loss to Pacquiao in 2019.
Was Thurman fearful about his weight?
It’s no secret that Thurman packed on plenty of kilos after the loss to Manny, and he stayed fats till just lately. If Thurman was involved with how a lot onerous work it will take for him to trim off all the load, which may clarify why he selected to not go after a combat with Yordenis.
There definitely shouldn’t have been something standing in the way in which of Thurman taking the combat with Ugas to try to seize his WBA 147-lb title to make use of as bait to lure Pacquiao into preventing him once more.
Thurman says “The place’s the contract?’ Effectively, it’s too late for him to be asking for a combat with Ugas as a result of he’s now more likely to be dealing with Pacquiao in a rematch in January, and he doesn’t have time to be dealing with a slowpoke like Thurman.