This Saturday night, on Premier Boxing Champions, Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KO’s) takes on the hard hitting Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KO’s), in what should be an all out brawl.  Thurman will be defending his WBA Welterweight Chapmpionship, and looking for a knockout as usual.  The wild, but hard hitting Collazo gets a huge opportunity here to fight for a title, while Thurman tries to look as good as he can to get himself into the Mayweather sweepstakes.  Here is the breakdown, and my predictions:

KEITH THURMAN

-Record:  25 – 0 – 0, 1NC, 21 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight (147 pounds)

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Diego Gabriel Chaves – Win, KO 10th round, 7/27/13.  (Won interim WBA welterweight title)
  • Jesus Soto Karass – Win, TKO 9th round, 12/14/13.
  • Robert Guerrero – Win, UD 12 rounds, 3/7/15.  (Retained WBA welterweight title)

Keith Thurman is hell bent on knockouts.  He will do what ever it takes to get one, and nothing will change his mind.  Thurman is coming off of 2 fights that he could not score a knockout, against 2 very tough fighters in Leonard Bundu and Robert Guerrero.  Thurman was in a war with Guerrero in a heck of an interesting fight that went back and forth until the final bell.  Thurman escaped with a unanimous decision victory, but it did not come easy with that fractured orbital bone above his left eye.  Guerrero pressured until the final bell, but it was not enough, and Thurman really impressed with the victory.  The KO didn’t come i  the last 2 fights, so look for Thurman to try to take Collazo’s head off.

LUIS COLLAZO

-Record:  36 – 6 – 0, 19 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight (147 pounds)

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Jose Antonio Rivera – Win, SD 12 rounds, 4/2/05.  (Won WBA welterweight title)
  • Andre Berto – Loss, UD 12 rounds, 1/17/09.
  • Amir Khan – Loss, UD 12 rounds, 5/3/14.

What can you say about Luis Collazo?  He is a journeyman for sure, and has been in some really tough fights.  He won the WBA welterweight title back in 2005, which was his only major title.  He made an attempt against Andre Berto in 2009 but came up short.  Collazo gets one more shot here, and its make or break for his career.  he has been around for a very long time, so he needs to be careful in this one, because it is most likely his last opportunity.  He is a very hard hitter, but can be very erratic with his game.  Can he land something big to stagger Thurman, or will he fall to the ‘One Time” power his opponent possesses?

Prediction:

Keith Thurman  —  def  —  Luis Collazo  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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