Is Floyd Mayweather the light at the end of the tunnel for Keith Thurman?

Keith Thurman coming face to face with Leonard Bundu (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, power-punching Keith Thurman will step back into the ring when he meets up with Italian transplant Leonard Bundu (31-0-2, 11 KO’s) in a welterweight attraction.

Thurman (23-0, 21 KO’s), the WBA interim champion at 147 pounds, is a heavy betting favorite over Bundu (31-0-2, 11 KO’s), whose name is a bit obscure to many American fans.

Thurman is definitely a breath of fresh air to the game, as evidenced throughout this fight week in Las Vegas by his simple willingness to let the fans know that such fights as Floyd Mayweather, Marcos Maidana, and tonight’s Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander winner are high on his wish list.

Speaking with Thurman’s trainer Dan Birmingham, it’s obvious that he is the last man who will be looking past Bundu, who has a spirit and demeanor about him that beguile his 40 years of age.

“Every fight is crucial at this stage,” Birmingham affirmed as we spoke ahead of the final Khan-Alexander press conference a few days back.

For Birmingham, a bout with Mayweather, the game’s reigning pound for pound star, is the ultimate goal.

“That’s the light at the end of the tunnel,” Birmingham stated. “We’re hoping for that. We want that.”

*** Check out the FULL interview with Birmingham below…

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