On May 19, Keith Thurman is set to defend his two world welterweight titles at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Showtime have confirmed.
Despite fans clamoring for a massive fight with Errol Spence, Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions have decided to keep the pair apart for now.
Thurman is the only unified 147-pound world champion and the consensus No. 1-ranked fighter in boxing’s preeminent weight division. The undefeated Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) has held the WBA title since 2015.
He claimed the WBC belt with a decisive win over previously undefeated Danny Garcia last March in the most watched bout of the year, a presentation of SHOWTIME Boxing on CBS.
Following an elbow injury that required surgery, Thurman will return to action against an opponent to be determined.
On the same night from Canada, WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs), who has scored knockouts in six of his eight title defenses, will face perhaps his toughest challenge when he battles two-division champion Badou Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs).
Jack captured a 175-pound world title in his light heavyweight debut in August and relinquished the belt in order to immediately make this matchup of top-five ranked light heavyweights.
“It wasn’t my choice to relinquish the title, it was in the contract. Floyd [Mayweather] told me he would get me a bigger and better fight against Adonis Stevenson for the WBC title so I couldn’t pass that up,” stressed Jack.
That means Spence Jr. has been handed his own date of June 16 for a special homecoming event in Dallas.
Fresh off a dominating performance against a top-10 former welterweight champion, the pound-for-pound star (23-0, 20 KOs) returns to his hometown of Dallas for the second defense of the IBF Welterweight World Championship.
All three bouts form part of Showtime and PBC’s ‘Boxing UpFront’ line-up announced in Manhattan on Wednesday.