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Keith Thurman: 146.2 lbs
Luis Collazo: 147 lbs
Keith Thurman will put his WBA world title and his spotless record inline against the talented Luis Collazo on Saturday night at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. The fight will be aired live on ESPN starting from 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.
Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) enters the fight the favorite in Las Vegas and most online sports bookies. The match is said to be the very entertaining since it will be a show down between two world championships. But Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs) is a cagey veteran. A fighter who a spoiler has fought some of the best, and he may just be the best man to tame the virtually unstoppable heavy slugging Thurman. The guy has an amazing punching power . This should give Thurman something to worry about since a tiny mistake may result to a knockout.
In an interview with ESPN, Thurman said, “He’s going to do his best not allow me to look excellent,” He continued to point out that,“He’s going to do his best to make them upset in my hometown and he has an opportunity to become the world champion. So I’m pretty sure that he can do all that he can do but one thing is, out of all the champions, I still believe that my punching power is still above anybody that he fought so that’s going to be something new.”
During his last fight, Thurman, one of boxings fast rising star’s managed to secure a decision win over grinder Robert Guerrero. Before this fight, he outpointed Sierra Leonean Leoneard Bundu and retired Julio Diaz. As a fighter, Thurman is a high pressure and a hard hitting puncher with very powerful punch in both hands. He boasts of n impressive 81% knockout ratio, the Clearwater native is, at once, a feared slugger and a strategising ring technician.
Luis Collazo on the other hand is a former welterweight champion who managed a fridge victory over . This was after suffering from a humiliating defeat on the hands of the Briton Amir Khan after an unanimous decision in December 2014. In his career, Collazo has fought some top tire fighters such as Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto. Though Collazo lacks the pop to walk down opponents, he is a prolific and a patient counter puncher. The Southpaw has a good upper body movement, excellent range control on top of being a crafty fighter.
This fight will be very exciting, but if we are going to go by statistics, then Thurman will win this fight through a decision.