Keith Thurman: I want Bradley, Malignaggi, Alexander or Brook next after Zaveck
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated #4 WBA welterweight contender Keith “One Time” Thurman (19-0, 18 KO’s) says he’s gunning for WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi or the winner of the IBF clash between 147 lb. champion Devon Alexander and Kell Brook, if Thurman can get past former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (32-2, 18 KO’s) this Saturday night in their WBO welterweight eliminator bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Thurman said to RingTV “I look forward to a fight against Tim Bradley…Paulie Malignaggi, the winner of Devon Alexander-Brook. So if Devon Alexander loses to Kell Brook, I would love to fight Kell Brook.”
I really like Thurman to win all of those fights. He’ll sweep out the whole bunch of them once he can get them to agree to fight him. Brook would be easy because he doesn’t have the size or the stamina to stand in there with a big guy like the 5’11” Thurman.
Thurman is going to have to pick whoevers available to him after he beats Jan Zaveck on Saturday night because getting Bradley in the ring won’t be easy. Thurman may grow old waiting for that fight to happen. He needs a contingency plan, like Malignaggi or the winner of the Alexander-Brook fight. Again, I just don’t see any of those guys willingly agreeing to fight a huge talent like Thurman. That would be like signing up for a knockout loss. Thurman definitely beats all four of them no problems.
Zaveck, 5’7”, doesn’t have the size to compete with Thurman, and this should be pretty easy. Thurman figures that if former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto was able to land at will with his 5th round stoppage win over Zaveck in September 2011, then he’ll have no problems landing his own big shots and taking him out.
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