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Keith Thurman shines in Guerrero fght

Keith Thurman Robert GuerreroBy Yannis Mihanos: Keith “One Time” Thurman(25-0, 21 KOs) put on a boxing clinic last Saturday night in defeating Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero by a 12 round unanimous decision on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thurman knocked Guerrero down in the 9th round and had him really hurt and bleeding.

Thurman’s unbeaten record extends to 25-0 but most importantly he passed the first difficult test of his boxing career in beating the 31-year-old Guerrero in front of millions of fans watching the fight at home on NBC.

In front of Thurman was the always tough Robert Guerrero, who is not a boxing genius or a boxing monster, but a very much legitimate and experienced fighter and known as a very tough one. Before last Saturday, Guerrero had never knocked down before.

But Thurman came in the fight determined to show the world that he is not made of thin paper, and he accomplished that by fighting Guerrero in a toe-to-toe battle.

Thurman came in there trying to knockout Guerrero one way or another. From round one, Thurman began to unleash ferocious power punches in the face and in the body of the normally steel-chinned Guerrero.

Guerrero tried his best to keep up with the fast pace of the fight, but he knew that he was in trouble right from round 1. Guerrero was also saved by the bell when Thurman finally knocked him down at the end of the 9th round.

By that time, Guerrero’s face could tell the story of the fight, although even Thurman had a huge swelling formed on his forehead as result of an accidental head-butt in the early rounds.

The swelling was pretty bad and there was some consideration if he could carry on throughout the fight. But Thurman never changed plans he continued to press and punish the face and body of Guerrero.

To his credit, Guerrero finished the fight, giving everything he had left in finishing on his feet. All in all, it was clear who the stronger man was and the decision was fairly unanimous for the 26-year-old Thurman.

It was a magnificent display by Thurman, who now needs to be taken notice of by the boxing world.

As for Guerrero, it seems that the signs of decay have begun to show with him. He’s not been helped by the inactivity he’s had in the last two years since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr in May of 2013. How much Guerrero has left in the tank is something that he only can answer.

On the other hand, Thurman left me with the taste of a fighter capable of going far in the sport of boxing. He has the power and the skill to defeat most of the top names in the welterweight division. I also think that he will give trouble to both Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.


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