WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman has rejected the idea of giving a world title shot to former four division champion Adrien Broner.
In the last few weeks, Thurman and Broner have traded words in the press.
Thurman was very critical of Broner’s in-ring performance against WBA “regular” welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao, which took place last month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Broner was dominated over twelve rounds, and he wasn’t very active with his hands as Pacquiao outworked him for nearly the entire contest.
Thurman shook his head at that performance.
Once the criticisms reached Broner, he verbally lashed out in Thurman’s direction.
And once they began to trade words, there was online speculation that a Thurman vs. Broner contest was being constructed.
“That’s the dumbest rumor that’s popped up all week,” said Thurman to Premier Boxing Champions. “Personally, I don’t believe Broner deserves a world title shot. I think he’s more in a situation where he should have a title eliminator. You need to fight and you need to win before you just keep getting world title shots.”
“The day Manny Pacquiao fought Adrien Broner was like a catch-22 for me. Pre-fight, I was in Broner’s corner. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. One of the hardest things to live with is not living up to your full potential. All I wanted to see was Broner live up to his full potential. But I had an interest in seeing Pacquiao win too.”
Thurman was also back in action last month, when he snapped a 22-month layoff to win a twelve round decision over Josesito Lopez.
He admits the performance was not his very best, but he also warned that a less than perfect performance was likely – due to the two years of ring rust.
“It felt so good to get back in there, to get back in shape,” Thurman said. “Usually, I don’t like coming down to 147. One, it’s stressful on the body and two, I don’t want to eat like a rabbit every day. But it really did feel good to lose the weight, get in shape and feel like a champion again. I’m inspired now that I’ve turned 30. I’ve created a level of success and I don’t want to let it go away.
“I have the ability to do many things that I did not show that night. I wish I did more bodywork. I was comfortable moving around, I know I can rely on my athleticism. I wish I put him on his backfoot a little more. I told everybody that you’re not going to see the best Keith Thurman you’ve ever seen. But you will see a world class performance. I have a lot more to show so I am fired up.”