Al Bernstein On Thurman-Guerrero: “Thurman Might Be Slight Favorite”


AlBernstein1-300x160With the debut of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC quickly approaching, the lead-up promotion in Las Vegas is in full swing. Hall of Fame boxing commentator Al Bernstein took a moment to break down Thurman-Guerrero with ThaBoxingVoice’s Sean Zittel.

“I think a lot of people would think of it as kind of a ‘pick’em’ fight. Keith Thurman might be a slight favorite because he’s been more active, he’s younger… but Robert Guerrero clearly in the upper echelon of the welterweight division, fought Floyd Mayweather. He was able to get that fight and go the distance with him.”

Bernstein continued to break down exactly why the younger Thurman is prepared for an established pro like Guerrero and feels that Guerrero’s southpaw style should cause no issues.

“I think the fight hinges on whether Keith Thurman can keep things at distance, he understands how to fight lefties like Guerrero, he sparred with the great Winky Wright when he was younger and he understands the concept of fighting lefties, so if he can keep it on the outside, he has a good chance…”

Bernstein’s key’s to victory for Guerrero are simple: pressure, pressure, pressure…

“If Guerrero can get inside or push him against the ropes, Robert Guerrero’s a very tough customer, under those circumstances.”

Thurman’s power will be tested against the durable Robert Guerrero. Guerrero has been in the ring with some true stars in the sport and has never been knocked out. If Thurman is able to do that which Floyd Mayweather Jr. was not able to do, it will make a very big statement in front of a primetime network television audience.

“… also Thurman has great power, Guerrero as he has moved up in weight, amazingly has never been affected by power, so we’ll find out if that’s the case,” Bernstein said of the impact Thurman’s power could have on Saturday.

Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero fight live on NBC, March 7th in the debut of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.