Before beating one of Floyd Mayweather’s former rivals, Keith Thurman called out Amir Khan for not facing a “true welterweight.”
WBA Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman called out #1 WBC Amir Khan and called him “over-rated” for having never faced a true Welterweight challenger.
“Amir Khan is still over-rated because he is yet to face a true welterweight. He keeps picking the right fights and the right time. Devon Alexander? They could have both fought at 140lbs a year-and-a-half ago. But fighting at 147? That is not a welterweight fight,” Thurman reportedly told Skysports.com.
Khan, who has only fought in three Welterweight division matches since moving up from Light Welterweight in 2013, has consistently expressed his wish to fight the two premier boxers of the Welterweight division: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and/or Manny Pacquiao. Though his wins over Julio Diaz, Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander went the distance and were unanimous decisions, Khan has yet to record a knockout in the higher class.
Thurman, on the other hand, remains undefeated at 25-0 is now coming off a successful WBA Welterweight title defense via unanimous decision against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero – a man who went the distance with Floyd Mayweather in 12 rounds just under two years ago.
“He needs to fight Shawn Porter or Kell Brook. If he wants to make a statement in the welterweight division, he should fight myself. There are several ways he can make a statement,” Thurman said.
Khan has yet to announce his next fight.