THURMAN TO RETURN AGAINST COLLAZO
By TOM WATT on May 26 2015
Since Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions Series began we have seen a number of close, enthralling fights between evenly matched competitors such as the Guerrero Thurman fight or the recent IBF World Title fight between Andre Dirrell and James DeGale. These free-to-air shows have brought Boxing back into the Living room in America and the quality of shows has remained consistent. Another fight that was added to the schedule recently though has raised some eyebrows – Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman Vs Luis Collazo. Collazo is a former World Champion and is of a good pedigree but after being destroyed by Amir Khan last year, the question is whether or not this is a fight Keith Thurman needs right now.
Collazo is a decent fighter, there can be no question of that, but he has never quite been able to put it together on the big nights as his losses to Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Andre Berto and Amir Khan demonstrate. His last major fight was against Amir Khan and the manner of that defeat left many to suggest his career was over. Fast-forward one year and he is against another of the divisions top fighters in Thurman and it would be more than a surprise if he was able to spring an upset.
So for Thurman this fight represents what should be an easy win, he has been nothing short of disrespectful when talking about Amir Khan and his legitimacy in the Welterweight Division so will need to dispatch of him in more style than Khan if he is to back up his own talking outside of the ring. Fans should fully expect Thurman to cruise to victory and ‘One Time’ will see this as a fantastic opportunity to deliver a KO after going to fights without one (Thurman’s record now stands at 25-0-0, 21 KOs). It’s not the ‘pick-em’ fight that PBC has hosted so far but watching Thurman is always entertaining and after a few 12 rounders the general public will be wanting to see a KO soon so perhaps that is behind the thinking here.
The big question is what next for Thurman after this fight – Mayweather is expected to fight Khan in September and should he choose to do so, that leaves the likes of Tim Bradley, Andre Berto and Kell Brook at the elite level of the divison – Tim Bradley faces Jessie Vargas for the vacant WBO strap on June 27th and given his penchant for having a tear-up, that’s definitely a fight the fans would like to see later this year. For now though, attention will focus on July 11th and Luis Collazo.
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