Keith Thurman was hesitant to commit to a fight with fellow welterweight king Errol Spence during a strong US TV interview.
The undefeated WBA belt holder appeared on Speak For Yourself alongside Manny Pacquiao to promote their upcoming fight on July 20.
However, what Thurman did not expect from this chat was to be grilled at the end about a potential bout with IBF belt holder Spence.
“Well, like I said, I need to get the ball back rolling,” said the 30-year-old when initially asked by Jason Whitlock about his 29-year-old rival.
“It’s been four years since I fought twice in one year.”
Thurman was ready to continue his point before Whitlock sharply interrupted and directly asked: “Are you gonna fight Errol Spence?
The fighter responded: “I’m gonna fight whoever they put in front of me. I want more belts.”
However he was then interrupted once again as Whitlock posed a similar but different question: “Do you want to fight Errol Spence?”
Thurman answered: “Errol Spence or whoever’s winning. He’s still got to stay winning.
“I believe he’s gonna win. I believe he is number two and I’m the number one welterweight.”
The grilling concluded with Whitlock making a point about Pacquiao, who was sat across the table watching closely, and his old rival Floyd Mayweather.
Boxing fans had to wait six years to see them meet and Thurman insists we will not endure a repeat situation between him and Spence.
“You’re not gonna have to wait long. Like I said, let me get back in motion.
“I told all the writers from the beginning of this year – We’re not talking about Spence this year.
“2020, we can make it happen.”