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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 "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 "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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