Malignaggi: Thurman vs. Spence should happen in 2018

Kell Brook vs Errol Spence Jr

Former world champion, Paulie Malignaggi feels Errol Spence Jr. and Keith Thurman Jr. are the cream of the crop at 147lbs and is keen to see the two warriors go head to head in 2018.

Spence claimed his first world title in May 2017, when he went on the road to fight the IBF world champion, Kell Brook – stopping the Sheffield man in the eleventh round to claim the IBF welterweight crown.

Spence, who is back in action in the new year will have a tough first defence when he faces Lamont Peterson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on January 20th.

Thurman was able to unify the WBA and WBC titles in March 2017 after claiming a split decision victory over Danny Garcia.

While Thurman has no opponent lined up for 2018, he has indicated that a fight with Spence is something he feels should not be rushed.

Malignaggi, however, feels that such a fight should happen in the next 12 months.

“Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr two are the two best welterweights in the world right now, and with respect to Jeff Horn who is a world champion for a reason, they are a level above the rest,” Malignaggi told Sky Sports.

“They’ve both got world titles, so it’s obviously a unification, but the fact that they are both so skilled and so strong, means there is a lot to like about this.

“They both got here the hard way, with Thurman taking care of Danny Garcia and Spence Jr obviously going over the UK to take the IBF away from Kell Brook last year and people like them and want to watch them. Especially when the best are fighting the best.”

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