(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Allan Fox: Interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KOs) will be fighting this Saturday night against unbeaten welterweight Leonard Bundu (31-0-2, 11 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Thurman, 26, is thankful that he’s facing an unbeaten fighter because he enjoys fighting undefeated guys. But he wishes he was fighting either Amir Khan or Devon Alexander.
Thurman realizes that for him to get to where he wants to be at the top of the 147 pound division, he’s going to need to be facing fighters like Khan and Alexander. Thurman needs to speak with his adviser Al Haymon and press upon him then importance of him being matched against better opposition than the guys that Thurman has been facing.
Thurman is wasting a lot of time fighting guys that are well below his class, and he’s missing out on a lot of the bigger fights that he’d like to have.
“I would really like to be fighting Amir Khan or Devon Alexander, but that’s not going to happen this time,” Thurman said via Fightnews.com. “But I told my team, it doesn’t matter where you get him from, I just want to fight undefeated guys. I like fighting undefeated fighters, I don’t know how many it’s been, I’m just going through them.”
Thurman would have a very good chance of blowing through Khan and Alexander if he were matched up against either of them on Saturday. If he could get either of them to agree to a fight against him, he’d have the artillery to destroy either of them.
Khan has already shown great vulnerability to punchers, and Thurman has the kind of power that would give Khan all kinds of potential problems if a fight against him were made. Alexander, for his part, has a better chin than Khan, but he’s already shown in the past that he wilts when pressured hard by guys like Tim Bradley and Shawn Porter. Thurman would have the blue print to follow to blow Alexander out of the water if he were to face him.
“Leonard Bundu is an Olympian, I’m excited to showcase my skills against an Olympian. It’s one time, every time. KOs for life. Don’t blink,” Thurman said.
Beating Bundu will be a nice accomplishment for Thurman, because this is a guy who has never been beaten before. Unfortunately for Thurman, Bundu isn’t well-known in the United States, and he’s not going to get the kind of credit that he’d like to receive for beating him.