Boxing Preview – Keith Thurman vs Luis Collazo

Boxing Preview – Keith Thurman vs Luis Collazo

Boxing Preview – Keith Thurman vs Luis Collazo

The main event in Tampa should be galvanising for the fans in the arena as they are treated to seeing one of the most explosive and tantalising Boxers in the world right now, and also the hometown hero of the evening, WBA World welterweight champion, Keith Thurman, who will be putting his championship on the line at his homecoming against the ever-competing Luis Collazo.

We expect Thurman to win by decision or technical decision which is currently priced at 7/4 with Bet365. Sign up here to get a 100% deposit bonus up to £200. 

It seems after years and years of slaving away and proving his worth, Keith Thurman has finally enshrined himself in the Welterweight division as the person who could carry the division for years after Pacquiao and Mayweather finally retire. Thurman has earned the alias of the ‘boogeyman of the welterweight division’, simply because it’s thought that people are avoiding him. This has been made obvious by his sensations 25 fight undefeated record where he has stopped 21 opponents in his wins. Thurman defended his interim WBA belt in April 2014, stopping Julio Diaz, he then beat up Leonard Bundu for twelve rounds in a shutout decision victory in December 2014, before finally earning the full WBA belt in March 2015 after earning an impressive decision victory against Robert Guerrero.

It’s unquestionable to anyone that Thurman is reputable because of the sheer amount of power he’s inserted in all his competitions. Thurman is a hard worker, and produces a high punch output each bout which is always detrimental to his opposition because when punches are coming thick and fast at the power Thurman has, it gets hard to deal with for thirty minutes. His movement is slick as well. Thurman has been exposed lately, especially against Diaz and Guerrero, that he has a tendency to get hit if his opposition doesn’t get overrun by his offence, which very seldom happens.

Collazo is a veteran of the game now with a fifteen year career under his belt. The 34 year old southpaw has a wealth of experience under his belt and he can be commended for carving a respectable 42 fight record with 36 wins and 19 stoppages. In his last three tilts, he shocked the world, knocking out Victor Ortiz in the second round in Ortiz’ comeback fight we here he was expected to win easily in January 2014, before then being outclasses by Amir Khan in a decision loss in May 2014. He rebounded in April 2015 with a strong second round stoppage over Christopher Degollado.

Collazo is as tough as they come, having only been stopped once in his career, 13 years ago, and although he has hit the canvas, he never truly has been hurt. He’s got a lot of heart. He thrives from being a rugged brawler seeing as he’s not overly talented nor skilled, and it works for him because he wins from slowing fights down and controlling the pace, a tactic which could hurt Thurman. That being said, it’s hard to ignore his athleticism and skill levels which he clearly lacks, and Thurman really boasts a lot more of both.

Al Haymon and PBC despite making Boxing free for everyone, have come under a lot of scrutiny for the fact that the contest that Haymon is putting on are rather uncompetitive and considered more of a ploy to get revenue in his own pocket rather than giving the fans what they want. This contest has come under the same scrutiny. Thurman is REALLY good, whereas Collazo really doesn’t boast the tools in his arsenal to trouble Thurman. This will likely be a walkover for Thurman. Whilst many expect him to knock Collazo out, I’m slightly skeptical. Collazo has the profound ability to slow a fight down, just like what Leonard Bundu has, and although that meant Bundu lost, he forced it to a decision. I think the outcome will be rather similar here as Collazo frustrates Thurman to force it to twelve rounds. Thurman will win handily, but I think it’ll go to the cards. Keith Thurman by unanimous decision.

Dan Glozier.

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