Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Keith Thurman might not being looking past Luis Collazo when the two collide Saturday night as Thurman defends his WBA world welterweight title Saturday night at the USF Sundome in Tampa, Florida, but he made it a point to mention those he like to see in the ring sooner rather then later.
The 26-year-old Thurman (25-0, 21ko’s) enters his bout against the veteran Collazo fresh off a dominating win over a tough and gritty Robert Guerrero back in March. Thurman started off slow, then picked it up and handle Guerrero the second half of the fight but he needed 12 rounds to get the unanimous decision.
“He was tough, he came at me early on, but boxing is about making adjustment,” Thurman said Wednesday on “The Warm-Up” on ESPN 97.3 FM Radio with Rich Quinones.
Collazo (36-6, 19ko’s) has heart like Guerrero but he is also 34-years-old and was easily beaten by Amir Khan last May for the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title/WBA International welterweight title. He rebounded by making quick work of Christopher Degollado his last time out, scoring a second-round TKO in April of this year.
However, Thurman expects to beat Collazo to set up a possible fight with either Floyd Mayweather or Amir Khan, and he was not shy about calling either boxer out.
“You (Mayweather) are talking, I have been wanting you boy, let’s make this happen. These fights, one or two of these fights, should be my next fight,” he said. “Floyd you want to do something else with your career, go do you, handle your money, money May.”
The outspoken Thurman did not stop there as he targeted Khan next. There has been talk about a possible fight between Thurman and Khan but nothing has been concrete.
“Amir Khan, I want you, we can fight anywhere you want baby, doesn’t have to be in my backyard it can be in yours. I will take that fight,” he concluded.