The World Boxing Council (WBC) has ordered Errol Spence Jr. to defend his welterweight title against Keith Thurman.
According to ESPN's Mike Coppinger, the order was made during the WBC's meeting in Mexico, and Spence will be able to defend his unified welterweight title.
Spence, 32, has a professional record of 28-0 (22 knockouts). He most recently defended his WBC and IBF welterweight championships and earned the WBA title last April with a 10th-round TKO of Yordenis Ugas.
Thurman, who turns 34 in November, is 29-1 with one no-contest in his career. In July 2019, he lost a split decision to boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
Thurman lost the WBA welterweight belt in that fight. Since then, he's won a unanimous decision over Mario Barrios in February.
After talks between Spence and WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (38-0) fell through, the Thurman fight became a reality. Coppinger described what occurred there.
"Crawford is still in talks to meet Errol Spence Jr. for the undisputed 147-pound title, but when it became evident that PBC was now targeting the first quarter of 2023 for that fight, Crawford chose to push through with a title defense to ensure he, like Spence, fought at least once in 2022."
Crawford will instead face David Avanesyan on December 10. According to Lance Pugmire of USA Today, the Spence-Thurman battle is scheduled to take place in February.