This Saturday, ESPN will be broadcasting live from the USF Sundome in Tampa Bay Florida, as the WBA World Welterweight title will be on the line when Keith Thurman fights in front of his home crowd against Luis Collazo.
Keith “One Time” Thurman is a KO artist who will be stepping into the ring with an undefeated record of 25-0 with 21 KOs. Thurman has definitely stepped up his level of competition in the last two and half years, reeling off wins against Carlos Quintana, Jan Zaveck, Diego Chaves, Jesus Soto Karass, Leonard Bundu, and lastly Robert Guerrero back in March.
Thurman is being praised up as one of the stars of Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) and he is hoping to put on a show in front of what is now starting to be a regular in boxing, fighting in your home state (unless you’re from Ohio).
Luis Collazo is a tough boxing veteran who is not intimidated by the
moment. He holds a record of 36-6 with 19 knockouts. Collazo’s resume some good boxers including Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan, and Andre Berto. Despite not being afraid to fight any of these guys, they are four of his six career losses.
He did, however, break through by knocking out Victor Ortiz in what was supposed to be a showcase fight for Ortiz. Collazo will be looking to shock the world once more and pull off an upset that would drastically shake the boxing world.
Part of me wants to see Collazo do to Thurman what he did against Ortiz, meaning to go balls to the wall and even connect once or twice.
Thurman has never really been caught, so it isn’t known how well his chin is. On the other hand, Thurman wants to be at the top of the heap now. He is only 26 years old, and he is very confident in his abilities, exhibited by him calling out Floyd Mayweather in his HBO debut.
In boxing, there is always a chance that someone can get caught, or get a broken jaw, or a get a broken rib, but in this fight, I feel that this could be ended early.
I’m going to go with Thurman by fourth-round stoppage, but I will be very interested if he does get caught and if/when he’s able to finish Collazo.
Keith Thurman has already expressed his displeasure with getting someone of the level of Collazo. Thurman believes he is the future and present of boxing, and he would like a shot at Floyd Mayweather in September.
Members of Mayweather’s team have already said “Thurman is not on Floyd’s level” and pretty much dismissing him of a shot. So, Thurman will have to look elsewhere.
Mayweather thinks Thurman should face Errol Spence Jr. Thurman himself said, “That fight is bound to happen, and when it happens, it’s going to be good. That fight right there will prove who’s going to take over after Floyd.” However, he also said that the fight doesn’t make sense currently.
No matter how you look at it, the sport of boxing is alive and kicking. With young fighters like Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr, as well as Canelo Alvarez, Kell Brook, Vasyl Lomachenko to go with currently top tier fighters like Tim Bradley Jr and Gennady Golovkin, the sport is being left in good hands.
Keith Thurman feels that the future is now regarding his career, now he hopes to continue on the road to proving it to everyone this Saturday. Whatever comes after that is unknown currently, but one thing is for sure, it will sure be fun to watch, enjoy the fight.