Friday, August 9, 2013
Who's up for Thurman-Guerrero?
By Dan Rafael
Golden Boy Promotions is so loaded with fighters in the welterweight division that it can mix and match them and make a series of tremendous fights that could last for a few years.
It has already done a number of quality welterweights bouts, and another one could be on tap. Who’s up for a fight between Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero? Count me in.
That is a fight Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com he is working on. If it gets done, he said it would take place Nov. 2 on Showtime at a location to be determined.
“I’m trying to do a big fight for Nov. 2, and I think that is just a tremendous fight. We promote all these top welterweights and we want to make the best fights, so that’s a fight that I am trying to get done,” Schaefer said. “I don’t want to get blamed if I can’t pull it off, but I will try. It’s another one of those must-see fights, and I would love to get it done.”
Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs), 24, of Clearwater, Fla., is an action fighter and coming off his biggest win (and an exciting one), which happened July 27, when he knocked out Diego Chaves in the 10th round to win an interim welterweight belt.
Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs), 30, of Gilroy, Calif., who also has been in some good fights, has won world titles in two divisions and interim titles in two others, including welterweight. He is coming off a lopsided decision loss to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5.
In addition to trying to get Thurman-Guerrero done, Schaefer said he would like to include Omar Figueroa on the undercard.
Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs), 23, of Weslaco, Texas, is one of the most exciting young fighters in boxing. On the same card as Thurman-Chaves, Figueroa won a vacant interim lightweight belt by unanimous decision against Japan’s Nihito Arakawa in an absolutely brutal and dramatic slugfest that is one of the best fights of 2013.