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Tim Bradley believes Keith Thurman has “everything to gain” in his fight against Errol Spence.


Dan Ambrose writes: Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman has everything to gain in his WBC-ordered fight against IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., according to Tim Bradley.

Bradley believes Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) has a great chance to win the WBA/WBC 147-pound title and a large payday against Spence (28-0, 22 KOs).

With that said, Bradley predicts Thurman will be knocked out by Spence, who will attack him to the body, which has proven to be his weak spot in the past.

Thurman’s inactivity since his first taste of big money in 2017 has hurt his game, and it’s not helping that he’s only fought three times in the last five years. Although Thurman attributes much of his inactivity to injuries, he has not been injured for the last five years.

“It’s going to happen,” Tim Bradley told K.O. Artist Sports of the fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford. “Right now, it’s all business for these guys. They fought the champions, who they needed to face.

“It’s business, and if the business isn’t right, there won’t be a fight.” I believe they require one another. Both of these guys need each other, and if a fight breaks out, I’ll be right there.

“I want to see this fight live.” I’ll be right there on the spot. So, fans, keep an eye out. There is a lot more boxing to see. Don’t think about the fight; just let it happen, and be ready when it happens.

“Of course, it’s a good fight,” Bradley said of the WBC-ordered fight between Spence and Keith Thurman. “Thurman is still relevant in the sport, and Thurman has power.” He can still box and has good feet.

“I just believe it’s a bad style match for him.” You’ve got a guy like Spence who is relentless, and Spence’s specialty is the body. Thurman’s flaw is this. Thurman has been injured to his body several times.

“His last opponent was a 140-pounder [Mario Barrios].” Barrios caused him bodily harm. What do you think Spence will do? He’s making his way downstairs. He’s going to put that kitchen to the test. He’s going to find work.

“It’s a difficult style match-up, but I believe he stops Keith Thurman.” I’m not sure which round it is, but he’s going to stop him right now. That pressure is too constant. That would undoubtedly be a statement.

“It’s all about timing.” Thurman, I believe, is the right time for Spence right now. [Thurman] is looking for the big payoff, the big challenge. He is eligible to compete for three straps. It’s a fantastic opportunity for him.

“He has nothing to lose, and he can get paid in the process,” Bradley said of Thurman. “I believe he will retire if he does not win the fight.” I don’t think there’s any reason for him to keep fighting.

“He’s right there, bro.” He’s almost at the door, and it’s up to Spence to push him through. Yes, a new generation of welterweights is emerging, younger and faster. You’re not as quick as you used to be.

“Your reflexes are starting to fail you a little bit. You’re starting to get hit more frequently. When you get hit on the chin, those punches start to feel different. That doesn’t feel right.

“These are young guys on the rise, and they can fight.” [Jaron ‘Boots’] Ennis is a problem, I tell you. [Vergil] Ortiz is an issue. I’m not even messing with [Conor] Benn while he’s on that juice. He should leave that juice alone.

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