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At the post-fight press conference for Amir Khan‘s 12-round unanimous decision win over Chris Algieri, Virgil Hunter had some choice words to say about Keith Thurman.
“Styles make matches, you know, I know Keith is a very vocal young man and is confident of his abilities. But, if I have to be honest, Keith has stepped up a little bit himself and you don’t see the knockouts as you used to see,” said Hunter.
Thurman, 26, has not scored a knockout since 2014. However, Thurman has been out with a shoulder injury for much of the time since then.
Also, Thurman’s last two fights were against iron-chinned opponents who had never been stopped. However, according to Thurman, that’s just what happens when you step up in competition.
“When you start going up in the A-leagues, they don’t come as easily,” continued Hunter.
Then, after mentioning “the media’s” characterization of Khan as a fighter with a bad chin, Hunter gave a cryptic warning about Thurman’s chin.
“There are things I know about Keith Thurman that I won’t say, but you better watch his chin too,” said Hunter. “I know him way back from the amateurs and I could tell you some things that would shock you.”
What Hunter has seen, we may only guess, but he nevertheless believes that the fight will materialize sometime in the future.
It is only fair, according to Hunter, that fighters be able to carve out their own paths before taking on big fights, such as a potential Thurman-Khan fight.
If the fight does materialize, who do you think wins? Let us know in the comments section.
Quotes obtained by Marilyn Paulino for RBRBoxing.com