Smart and Sharp Thurman Dominates Guerrero on NBC

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In the main event of the first boxing on NBC in primetime since 1985, Keith Thurman took on Robert Guerrero, and those of us that hoped for boxing to succeed as a whole wanted this welter tangle to impress. Thurman made sure that many rounds were all Thurman, and threatened to stop the Ghost in round nine, so no, this wasn't a classic tussle; but Guerrero hung tough and had the crowd jazzed when he pressed things late. It was Thurman's smart boxing, better hand speed, accuracy and mobility which had the judges give him love, UD12, at the MGM.

120-107, 118-109, 118-108 for Thurman read the cards, so God bless em, the judges didn't have me talking corruptitude.

In the first, Ghost, a lefty, slipped a Thurman bomb to start. Thurman was the main aggressor to start then settled down in the last minute. His power gave him the round.

In the second, Ghost came out more aggressive. But Thurman clicked into gear, locked in, and worked the body, backed Ghost up. In the third, Thurman banged home a clean right to end another solid round. His mobility edge helped him steer clear of Ghost fire.

In the fourth, Thurman used a paw jab to keep Ghost at bay. Ghost didn't press the issue all that much. Ghost scored well with a right counter when Thurman blundered in. But Thurman won another round. He did have a knot on the left side of his head.

In the fifth, we saw Guerrero miss wide a few times, but he was stepping it up. In the sixth, Thurman moved more. Was he getting tired? Thurman sensed an edge late and looked to bomb.

In round seven, Ghost looked to load up and telegraphed too much. His jab wasn't much, as he knew the quicker-handed Thurman could land a counter right. In the eighth, Thurman moved smartly, slid away out of danger, landed rights to the body, and had Guerrero a step behind.

In the ninth, the Floridian, now 25-0, moved and stayed smart. He saw everything coming at him, and dodged it. He then scored a knockdown, with 40 seconds left. We saw blood on the left eye of Ghost (32-3). The knock, second of his CAREER, was off a clipping right hook off the ear. In the tenth, Ghost got a tape break. Ghost worked harder and tried to take it to Thurman. He scored some with Keith on the ropes. The crowd dug the back and forth.

In the 11th, Ghost followed KT but couldn't get off. In the 12th, Thurman stayed smart. He ran a bit, but hurled enough to remain credible. Ghost pressed him, and landed some. Thurman was a bit tired and wild by now. They heard the final bell…

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-Denise Alvarez :

Congratulations to Mr.Keith "One Time" Thurman, the undefeated WBA champion, 25-0 and counting...Next, Amir Khan and then Kell Brook.


-Radam G :

Hi Denise! I expected for you to be up in da hizouse shouting out congrats to your favorite scraper. But Amir Khan and Kell Brook are going nowhere near "One Time" Thurman. Holla!


-The Good Doctor :

Hi Denise! I expected for you to be up in da hizouse shouting out congrats to your favorite scraper. But Amir Khan and Kell Brook are going nowhere near "One Time" Thurman. Holla!
Agreed. I wonder if Thurman actually lost some money because of that fight. To my surprise, he showed that he can pound, move, and has good speed. He also is showing no ill effects of his surgery. Guys may not be as eager for a piece of him now.


-the Roast :

Good win for Thurman, he tried hard to get the KO early but Guerrero hung tough. Thurman was hindered by that huge hematoma that was caused by a butt. That had to hurt. Shades of Holyfield-Rahman. Good fight. I never thought Robert would make it to the final bell so I credit him for that. It was good to hear Marv Albert calling the fight. Seemed like old times.


-stormcentre :

Congratulations to Mr.Keith "One Time" Thurman, the undefeated WBA champion, 25-0 and counting...Next, Amir Khan and then Kell Brook.
Gotta give credit where its due. I believe you (and BrownSugar) forecast a win for Mr.Keith "One Time" Thurman didn't you? Well done. I was a little hesitant with a prediction due to how Guerrero's (greater than Thurman's) experience level looked when set against his (technical and reflexive) decline, and also due to how each guy seemed to have the answer to the other's question. Personally, I'm glad that Thurman didn't blow Robert out with a KO. I like Robert Guerrero. :cool:


-michigan400 :

Thurman looked real good and sharp. Broner needs to look at that fight and get told " thats what you do if you want to make fans!" Congrats to Thurman, the man stepped up and put on a great show. Ghost has one hell of a chin and enough heart for 2 people.


-amayseng :

Keith looked fantastic as he boxed, slugged, fought and then boxed some more . He was smart and efficient with his aggression and has seemed to learn how to pace himself well while controlling the pace. Most impressive to me was his footwork and agility to be in and out of the pocket like Pac will do to Floyd here soon Robert is a stud and has emotionally been thro hell and back he is a man of God I promised you all he would not get stopped. You wanna stop the Ghost u better hit him with a bat Keith has some neutralizing power and I'm hopeful he carries the divission with top fights in the future.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Keith looked fantastic as he boxed, slugged, fought and then boxed some more . He was smart and efficient with his aggression and has seemed to learn how to pace himself well while controlling the pace. Most impressive to me was his foot. work and agility to be in and out of the pocket like Pac will do to Floyd here soon Robert is a stud and has emotionally been thro hell and back he is a man of God I promised you all he would not get stopped. You wanna stop the Ghost u better hit him with a bat Keith has some neutralizing power and I'm hopeful he carries the divission with top fights in the future.
How does that crow taste buddy? We have all had to eat it but I was suprised that you favored Guerrero. Thurman is a boxer-puncher that had too many advantages for Guerrero to compete with. Guerrero is game but he is to easy to hit, plus he is slower than molasses. Thurman is among the cream of the crop at 147 and will eventually make a fine junior middlweight. Guerrero is "cheap steak tough" but is a "B +" level fighter at welterweight and it would behoove him to move down a division or two.


-amayseng :

How does that crow taste buddy? We have all had to eat it but I was suprised that you favored Guerrero. Thurman is a boxer-puncher that had too many advantages for Guerrero to compete with. Guerrero is game but he is to easy to hit, plus he slower than molasses. Thurman is among the cream of the crop at 147 and will eventually make a fine junior middlweight. Guerrero is "cheap steak tough" but is a "B +" level fighter at welterweight and it would behoove him to move down a division or two.
I enjoyed the fight I had or have no emotional distress about picking incorrectly. Keith has been hurt at least 5 times and fades in fights so my choosing of the Ghost in my mind was not ignorant it was built on question marks of Keith. He proved himself well and I appreciate his craft and improving skills and growth. Thanks for personally calling me iut though it speaks volumes.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I enjoyed the fight I had or have no emotional distress about picking incorrectly. Keith has been hurt at least 5 times and fades in fights so my choosing of the Ghost in my mind was not ignorant it was built on question marks of Keith. He proved himself well and I appreciate his craft and improving skills and growth. Thanks for personally calling me iut though it speaks volumes.
As I stated, we all get predictions wrong. I was just shocked that you were so high on Guerrero's boxing abilities. I am high on him as a person, but not so much as a fighter. In regards to Thurman being hurt numerous times, please revamp my memory. I have never seen him in serious trouble in any of his fights the past two or three years on premium cable (HBO or Showtime). I also haven't been able to assess his stamina because until Guerrero I have seen him stop everyone with the exception of Bundu and Zaveck and he didn't fade in those fights.


-brownsugar :

Wow that guererro must be the hardest man in boxing. He withstood some shots that would put a horse down for the count. He's already asking for a rematch...which could be potentially dangerous to his heath. I'd like to see him against Kell Brook, Shaun Porter or Marquez in an all Mexican brawl. Keith won by a landslide but was pushed to his limits, dont have time to get technical but Thurman's movement opens up a lot doors and clam shells. Guererro is crazy...Keith is skilled yet determined.....What better way to end the night. Broner take notes on how to close the show.


-stormcentre :

Yep, as I hinted in my above post, Guererro has (understandably) slipped a bit from his earlier and lighter days, and that made the prediction hard for me. Thurman is no silky smooth technician either, but he not only knows what works best for him - he also isn't afraid to stick his head (jawline?) out in order to get the job done. Guererro is as tough as nails though. He copped a lot of clean "power" shots from Keith throughout the fight, and was still there in round 12 for more. You could see, with it all, that Guererro was disappointed with his efforts though, and possibly embarrassed about the ease at which Thurman hit him. All up it was still a pretty boring fight in my books. Still, not a bad event for PBC though.


-amayseng :

As I stated, we all get predictions wrong. I was just shocked that you were so high on Guerrero's boxing abilities. I am high on him as a person, but not so much as a fighter. In regards to Thurman being hurt numerous times, please revamp my memory. I have never seen him in serious trouble in any of his fights the past two or three years on premium cable (HBO or Showtime). I also haven't been able to assess his stamina because until Guerrero I have seen him stop everyone with the exception of Bundu and Zaveck and he didn't fade in those fights.
I know SRD I'm giving ya a hard time. I have high expectations and I am not easy to sway. I knew Keith had the goods physically but now he is putting it all together mentally. Is he ready for Floyd or Pac? I say no but he may have the best chance to give them a scare. Thurman was hurt a few times in the Chavez fight and another I can't remember. He has faded in fights where he noticeably had to take his foot off the pedal.


-spit bucket :

I was disappointed in Guerrero's performance... I thought he 'd show more guile and wiliness in addition to his incredible chin. It seemed to me he could have countered One Time with short hooks and straight rights more effectively. He tried a few times but rarely popped with authority. Being such a tough seasoned fighter, I thought he'd be able to outsmart Thurman in the latter stages. But Keith was too fast, hit too hard, and moved too well for the Ghost to do much of anything. Wasn't expecting a Ghost win, just a more competitive fight. Looking forward to seeing more of Keith Thurman, a wonderful fighter... nice guy too.


-amayseng :

I was disappointed in Guerrero's performance... I thought he 'd show more guile and wiliness in addition to his incredible chin. It seemed to me he could have countered One Time with short hooks and straight rights more effectively. He tried a few times but rarely popped with authority. Being such a tough seasoned fighter, I thought he'd be able to outsmart Thurman in the latter stages. But Keith was too fast, hit too hard, and moved too well for the Ghost to do much of anything. Wasn't expecting a Ghost win, just a more competitive fight. Looking forward to seeing more of Keith Thurman, a wonderful fighter... nice guy too.
Agreed I thought after the Ghost was being out boxed and tagged for 4 rounds that he would change his game plan and fight on the inside and smother Thurmans punches and force him to fight on the back foot. He didnt until the last few rounds and paid dearly for it. Robert is too small for 147. he has no movement or foot agility.