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Keith Thurman wants Floyd Mayweather Jr after beating Luis Collazo

TAMPA, FL - JULY 11:  Keith Thurman (L) exchanges blows with Luis Collazo
Image: Keith Thurman beat Luis Collazo in eight in Tampa

Keith Thurman is targeting 'the king' Floyd Mayweather Jr after retaining his WBA welterweight title via an eighth-round stoppage of Luis Collazo in Tampa on Saturday night.

WBA (super) and WBC champion Mayweather has confirmed he will follow up his victory over Manny Pacquiao with a bout on September 12 – and the race is on with Thurman, Kell Brook and Amir Khan all vying for position.

Regular WBA champion Thurman told BoxingScene.com: "Floyd is the top dog. He's the king of the division. I want a chance to fight the king.

"I guarantee you, it will not be a boring fight. It's not going to be a Manny Pacquiao fight. It's going to be a Marcos Maidana fight. You're going to see a young talented man going against the best fighter in the sport."

It was not all plain sailing for the 26-year-old in front of his home fans at the weekend, though. Collazo threatened an upset in the fifth round when a withering body shot found the mark – and Thurman admitted he had been hurt.

Floyd is the top dog. He's the king of the division. I want a chance to fight the king.
Keith Thurman

He told thaboxingvoice.com: "It was a perfect body shot that took 95 per cent of the wind out of me. I actually thought about taking a knee but being the champion I am, I didn't want to do that.

"It was probably the best shot I've taken in my career."

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Thurman (26-0-0-KO22) has poured cold water on Khan's claims to a Mayweather clash but was more complimentary about undefeated IBF champion Brook.

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