Keith Thurman: I Know Porter is Calling Me Out, When The Time is Right We will Fight

KEITH THURMAN, WBA Interim Welterweight World Champion


"What excites me most is being in the main event. They could have put me on other cards as a co-feature, but this shows me respect and I want to thank Golden Boy for that.


"Every fighter has to take it one fight at a time, and I'm going in Saturday to do my job.


"Diaz had some great performances against Shawn Porter and he gave Amir Khan a great fight. Diaz is a former world champion. They say he's a veteran with a lot of experience. But I'm 25 and have been at this for 18 years, so I'm a veteran, too.


"Winning on Saturday is obviously very important. Others in my division are already name-fighters, but I'm just starting to build mine. I'm still coming up in the world of boxing. So this is a chance for me to show that I'm not like all others.


"I expect Diaz to fight his heart out. He says he plans to knock me out. I don't know if that's fight hype or his strategy, but I'll be ready. I want guys who come to fight. I want to make and be in the best fights. On my record I have an 'O' but I'm not afraid to let it go.


"I've known Shawn Porter and his Dad for years. I know they're calling me out. When the time is right, we'll fight. I expect to fight for maybe another 10 years.


"I work very hard and count my blessings that I'm where I'm at. I love the support the fans give me. We're going to give them a real fight on Saturday.''


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