Not sure about you, but the fight that's been booked for 2015 that I'm most looking forward to thus far is the main event set for March 7, which pits ex champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and young gun Keith Thurman, on the cusp of making that leap, just maybe, into a must see dude, the type you keep attention on in terms of, 'When is that guy fighting next?'
They will tangle on NBC, in prime freakin' time, on a show promoted by Goossen Boxing, put together by packager Al Haymon's crew, and shown on their “Premier Boxing Champions” series, from the MGM.
I checked in with the Floridian Thurman (24-0 with 21 KOs) and the Cali-based boxer Guerrero (32-2-1 with 18 KOs), to get a sense of how they see the contest, and how they think it could unfold.
How, sir, will you plan to beat Ghost?
“However I want, man,” he told me. “I use the work with that Winky did back when he fought Shane Mosley (two wins in 2004). The Ghost does not have anything special that I'm worried about.You can call me Pac-Man, this fight after a few rounds, he will turn blue, and I'ma tear him up!”
Fair nuff…but that kid does have heart. He's tough…you don't expect a tough rumble?
“Tough ain't enough,” he replied.
Guerrero differs, and he don't beg.
“My plan is to steal the show,” Guerrero told me.
When told that Thurman said he's got nothing special he brings to the table, the boxer replied, “He'll find out March 7. Talk is over. On March 7, I'm gonna let the fists do the talking. I plan on leaving his face worse than Berto's.”
He gave you tough, he did allow that…
“They all say the same till they step in the ring,” he stated. “There's levels to boxing and he's never been on this level. So he better bring his helmet and bicycle cause I'm going to leave everything on the line. And I'm glad people are happy with this matchup, because I love fighting the best and leaving the fans and media happy!”
Confession, I mixed up dates, and thought the Thurman-Guerrero scrum would take place in Brooklyn. So I made a crack about Ghost maybe not being such a fan of NY…
“I got my gun permit to carry in New York so I'm good,” he respond, good-naturedly. “Just joking. That's been taken care of long ago. Just a small fine and community service. Lesson learned: no harm, no foul.” Amen…
He reports his family is good, and his wife's health is good, so that's good news…
“I'm just extremely excited to be on this stage and I'm ready for the bell to ring,” Guerrero said. “Got my hard hat and boots on and I'm ready to grind him out!”
Talk to me, friends. How do you see Guerrero-Thurman playing out?