"Keith 'One Time' Thurman is a pretty good fighter for the competition he has faced and a decent puncher too. Based on his success so far however he has not been in with any educated boxers yet," stated world-class trainer James Ali Bashir, who was impressed with the recent performance of undefeated power-punching welterweight contender Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KOs), but believes there are flaws that one of his own fighters, Steven Upsher Chambers (24-1-1, 6 Kos), could take advantage of. Chambers was previously offered the opportunity to face Thurman, stepping in on short notice as a replacement for Marcos Maidana, who pulled out of the July 21 bout. Although Bashir wasn't comfortable with the circumstances of being notified of the fight 10 days prior to it taking, he's confident that Chambers will give Thurman a boxing lesson if given a full training camp to prepare.
"His team offered us a fight on HBO on 10 day's notice for his last outing, but we refused because that's what opponents do and Steven is aspiring to do bigger and better things then to prostitute himself out like that," Bashir explained. "We understand that Keith is looking for stiff opposition for his fight on October 6th and we would like to accommodate him. It's as simple as picking up the phone and saying that he wants the fight. Then it's just a matter of signing his John Hancock on the dotted line, so that we can give the fans and the media something to talk about and write about. Steven wants those big name guys and Thurman is numero uno on that list!"
Thurman vs. Chambers would make for a classic boxer vs. puncher stylistic matchup that could provide a lot of answers to some of the questions surrounding both young talents. Only time will tell if the offer from Team Thurman will be re-issued to the Chambers camp.