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Tyson Fury back in the ring on December 1st; Thurman-Quintana on Nov. 24th

Carlos Quintana Keith Thurman Tyson FuryBy Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO’s) says on his twitter that he plans on getting back in the in the ring on December 1st, likely against yet another weak opponent like the ones he’s been facing his entire four-year-old pro career. Fury had been hoping to get a fight against former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, but that’s not likely to happen.

Getting Chagaev in the ring might too big difficult for Fury and his promoter because of his high asking price. It’s too bad because Chagaev might be able to give Fury lots of problems with his southpaw stance and excellent power. I could see Chagaev winning this fight if it were to be made.

Fury had the perfect opportunity to fight British heavyweight champion David Price, as his promoter Frank Maloney offered Fury 500,000 pounds for him to fight Price last Saturday night. But here we are on Monday and it doesn’t look as if Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy has accepted that offer.

I wonder why? When is Hennessy going to take Fury off his leash to see what he can do against quality fighters instead of the 2nd and 3rd tier guys he’s been fighting? Dereck Chisora is wondering the same thing, saying on his twitter to Fury “Tyson Fury, I know you want to fight but the problem is your promoter, he’s not letting you.”


Keith Thurman vs. Carlos Quintana on Berto-Guerrero card on November 24th

A junior middleweight match-up between former WBO welterweight champion Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KO’s) vs. unbeaten prospect Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KO’s) has been added to the November 24th undercard of the Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Andre Berto fight at the Citizens’ Business Arena, in Ontario, California. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds, and it’s a good opportunity for both the 35-year-old Quintana and the 23-year-old Thurman to show what they can do.

You got to figure this is a really risky fight for Thurman because he’s not facing one of the weak 2nd tier opponents he’s been feasting on since he turned pro in 2007, and he’s not going to have a huge weight advantage in this fight because it’s going to take place at a catchweight of 152 pounds rather than the welterweight division, which is where Thurman has been fighting. Thurman is like former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. with the way that he fights in a division – 147 – where he’s much heavier than the guys he’s fighting. He makes weight and then balloons up in weight to where he’s much bigger than his opponents.

Against Quintana, Thurman won’t have that advantage and it’s going to be interesting to see how he does in this fight. It doesn’t mean he can’t win, because if there’s one kind of opponent that Quintana has historically had problems fighting it’s guys with good power. Thurman definitely has good power, if nothing else.

Quintana might be able to outbox Thurman if he can avoid getting hit with his left hook, which is his primary weapon. Thurman likes to throw that shot over and over again and it works for guys that try to crowd him. However, he’s very beatable if you focus on jabbing and moving. Thurman’s right hand is nothing special and he’s kind of slow on his feet. Quintana might be able to outbox Thurman if he can avoid getting nailed by his left hands.

Also on the card, besides the main event between Andre Berto vs. Robert Guerrero, will be Sharif Bogere vs. Richard Abril fighting for the vacant WBA lightweight title. This could be the best fight on the card because Bogere has huge power, and is almost unbeatable at this point, whereas Abril is a Floyd Mayweather clone with superb boxing skills. Abril is coming off of his 12 round split decision loss to Brandon Rios last April in a fight where Abril totally dominated Rios from start to finish.

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