By Jeff Newman: Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs) believes that WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) will be in over his head when the two of them go at it on March 7th on NBC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Guerrero, 31, sees his superior experience as being the main asset in leading him to a victory over the 26-year-old Thurman.
Thurman definitely lacks the experience that Guerrero has going for him, as Guerrero has been in with the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Andre Berto, Michael Katsidis, Joel Casamayor, Jason Litzau and Vincente Escobedo. What Thurman does have going for him is superior hand speed and power. He’s not much bigger than Thurman in terms of size. Thurman also knows how to box, and he can be difficult to hit when he’s fighting defensively.
“Keith hasn’t fought nobody like me,” Guerrero said on Wednesday during a conference call. “[Floyd] Mayweather is fast. On his feet and with his hands. That guy [Leonard Bundu] was no comparison at all. If you’re comparing stuff like that, it’s laughable.”
Thurman throws fast combinations when he comes forward and he’s good at landing shots when his opponent tries to throw something back at him.
It’s in Guerrero’s best interest to come forward at all times and throw flurries, because that’s when Thurman is at his weakest. When he gets sloppy and gets caught in a war, Thurman can be hit. However, it’s difficult to catch up to him because he moves so much when his opponents come at him.
“I think this is going to be even bigger [than Guerrero’s fight against Mayweather] with the viewing audience that comes with NBC. I’m very excited about it and focused and ready to go,” Guerrero said.
I don’t know that there’s going to be a huge audience watching the Guerrero-Thurman fight on NBC, but if it makes Guerrero feel good in thinking it’ll be then more power to him. I don’t think it’s going to be a huge amount of people watching it because boxing is still a sport that is on the margins due to the major television networks not having televised boxing matches on a regular basis since the 1970s.