Errol Spence admits he can't overlook Lamont Peterson, despite talk of future showdowns with Keith Thurman and Terence Crawford.
On Saturday night, the IBF World Welterweight Champion defends his belt at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, exclusively live in the UK and Ireland on BoxNation.
Thurman holds the WBC and WBA 'Super' Titles, while Crawford is moving up to 147lbs after cleaning up at Super-Lightweight.
"Lamont Peterson is a dangerous fighter and if I don’t beat Lamont Peterson then I can’t get those fights so one step at a time," he told FightNews. "Lamont has a big heart, he’s experienced and has been in there with a lot of great fighters."
In the weight class below, Peterson boxed the likes of Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan. However Spence is one of the best fighters on the planet and may prove to be his toughest foe yet.
Bouts with Crawford and Thurman are top of Spence's wishlist, but the timing must be right for the Texas talent.
"Crawford said he wanted to fight Thurman first [referring to a recent Crawford interview]. He never came out and said I want to fight Errol Spence, he called out Thurman.
"I’m not ducking Crawford, I’m not ducking Thurman, I’m not ducking nobody. If it it’s time to fight him, I am going to fight him. Right now, he is on the other side of the street."
Florida's Thurman has not boxed since he unified the belts with Garcia last March. He missed most of 2017 following an elbow injury and successful surgery.
"Thurman has said a lot of things he hasn’t lived up to. He calls himself 'One Time' but he hasn’t been 'One Time' for a long time, so I don’t care what Thurman says until he signs a contract," stated Spence. "It doesn’t matter what he says, everything else is irrelevant!"
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