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Errol Spence Jr. hopes to outdo Keith Thurman in bout with Bundu

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Keith Thurman lands on Shawn Porter. Photo by: Tom Casino/ ShowtimeBoxing

Keith Thurman lands on Shawn Porter. Photo by: Tom Casino/ ShowtimeBoxing

Errol Spence Jr. is hoping for a more explosive performance against Leonard Bundu on Aug. 21 than the one Keith Thurman authored when he decisioned Bundu in 2014.

“I think I’ll win in better fashion,” Spence said on a conference call on Wednesday of his fight at the Ford amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn in a PBC on NBC (5 p.m. ET) show. “Keith Thurman — he was more running around the ring and pot-shotting. With me, I’m looking forward to a spectacular performance (where) I walk him down and go for the knockout. Hopefully I get the knockout. If it comes, I’m definitely going to take it. Hopefully I have a performance like I did with Chris Algier.”

Spence (20-0, 27 knockouts) destroyed Algieri, a former titleholder, knocking him down three times and stopping him in the fifth round this past April at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Thurman recently won an exciting decision against Shawn Porter to defend his WBA welterweight title. Spence follows the sport closely and admitted he tries to outdo his peers every time he fights a similar opponent.

“That’s been the motive, to outdo (the other welterweights),” Spence said. “That’s the ultimate goal. It makes you look better when a Manny Pacquiao, a Keith Thurman, a Amir Khan fought this guy and you fight him. You want to look better than they did and put on a better performance. That’s definitely a motive when you’re fighting a similar opponent.”