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Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero Headline Return of Boxing to Prime Time Network TV This Saturday Night!

by on Mar.06, 2015, under Boxing News

By Christopher Morgan

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LAS VEGAS — There was a time when Championship boxing matches were routinely shown on unpaid network television, or so I’ve heard, having been born in the latter stages of the 20th Century. I can’t remember ever seeing one. High priced cable networks and PPV have been the sole domain for fans wishing to see the upper echelon of boxing talent over the last 20 or so odd years and that monopoly is about to receive stiff competition from NBC starting Saturday March 7th at 8:30pm Eastern 5:30pm Pacific. It still remains to be seen if boxing can become a mainstream attraction in the eye’s of the average American sports fan as the landscape has changed dramatically in the last 10 years or so. Mixed Martial Arts or MMA has risen exponentially in popularity and it will take great matchmaking and action packed fights in the ring to win back some of those combat sports fans.

NBC seems to be committed wholeheartedly to making this endeavor a success as they have invested heavily in promotion, hired the highly respected Al Michaels as host, Marv Albert will call the action and none other than Sugar Ray Leonard, himself, is onboard for the color commentary. The inaugural telecast is a stacked triple header featuring three young up and comers in Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner and Abner Mares, along with a pair of battle tested veterans in Robert Guerrero and John Molina Jr.

Keith “One Time” Thurman of Clearwater Florida sports a glossy undefeated record of 24 wins, 21 of which ended inside the distance, he brings charisma and a crowd pleasing style to the table and despite the high kayo percentage — 84% to be exact — he is no crude slugger, with finesse and skill to go with the crunching power.

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero of Gilroy California brings a great resume into the ring here with a fine 32-2, 18 Kos record. Robert should be well known to casual boxing fans for his losing effort against boxing P4P number 1 star Floyd “Money” Mayweather back in May of 2013 in which he lost pretty much every second of the fight. Robert bounced back from that defeat with a highly entertaining slugfest against Yoshihiro Kamegai of Japan last Summer at the StubHub Center in Carson California. The main event between these two welterweights should produce fireworks and drama for the fans and TV audience.

 

The headlining undercard bout pits Cincinattis own brash and flashy Adrien Broner, 29 – 1, 22 Kos, against blood and guts slugger John Molina Jr., 27-5, 22 Kos) of West Covina California.

Adrien “The Problem” Broner has scored two decisions since being derailed and beaten up by Marcos Maidana a little over a year ago. John Molina Jr. has lost two in a row but gave a great showing in a losing effort to Lucas Matthysse having the 140lb champ down twice in the bout before being stopped himself in the 11th. Adrien Broner is definitely the favorite heading into this bout but John Molina has a ton of heart, is a big string 140 pounder and can turn any fight around with a single punch, this fight may steal the show from the main event.

Rounding out the telecast is Featherweight Abner Mares of Montebello California, 28-1, 15 Kos, being matched a little soft against Arturo Santos Reyes of Nogales Mexico, 18-4, 5 Kos. Abner Mares is on the comeback trail after being shockingly stopped in the first round against Johnny Gonzalez in 2013 and has fought twice since both wins against good opposition.

I will be attending this historic card live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and you can read an in depth report right here at the Cyber Boxing Zone soon afterwards.  See you at the fight!!

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