Thurman, Soto Karass eye next step

Rising welterweights battle in hopes of bigger game -- and perhaps biggest of all

Originally Published: December 12, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

After Keith Thurman disposed of Orlando Lora in the sixth round in July 2012, the loquacious Thurman called out Floyd Mayweather Jr., the pound-for-pound king and welterweight world champion, during his in-ring postfight interview.

Crazy talk, right?

After all, Thurman, an untested prospect at the time, had just ripped through a soft-touch opponent in his first premium cable television appearance, and now he wanted Mayweather -- the finest fighter in the world, not to mention ...

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