March 7th NBC Sports will showcase welterweight contenders Robert Guerrero and Keith Thurman in a 12-round bout from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Keith Thurman vs Robert Guerrero Odds have Thurman -675 moneyline with 60% of boxing predictions on Keith “One Time” Thurman. The rising star Thurman, 24-0, 21 KO’s, is coming off a one-sided decision win over 40-year old Italian Leonard Bundu. Guerrero, 32-2-1, 18 KO’s, came off a long layoff after fighting Floyd Mayweather and was taken to the wire in a close decision win over Japanese contender Yoshihiro Kamegai. Can the veteran Guerrero hand the bomber Thurman the first loss of his career? Our expert boxing predictions panel broke down this exciting welterweight match-up. Keith Thurman vs Robert Guerrero Odds have Guerrero as a +450 underdog (Bet $100 to win $450) at SPORTSBOOK.ag
Expert Boxing Predictions Analysis: The sinewy 5’8″ Thurman appears to be the complete package with explosive power, lightning hand-speed and a multi-faceted defense. Thurman is a boxer/puncher that looks for the knockout from the opening bell with punches in bunches. Despite his reputation as an all-out offensive buzzsaw the Florida fighter has also shown good head-movement, footwork and boxing skill.
The broad-shouldered 5’8″ southpaw Guerrero is a grinder, with excellent overall boxing skill and determination. Guerrero has a cast-iron jaw and is a very-good combination puncher that can fight at any distance. Guerrero is not a speed-demon and his ordinary athleticism makes him vulnerable against athletically superior fighters. Keith Thurman vs Robert Guerrero Odds Over/ Under is at 9.5 Rounds
ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Thurman is the better athlete with advantages in power, speed and agility but Guerrero is the better fighter. Thurman must be set to punch and Guerrero’s stiff southpaw jab will give the puncher fits. “The Ghost” can fight at any distance, throws more accurate combinations and is far more seasoned than the still growing Thurman. Thurman’s long layoff also won’t do him any favors against a fast starter like Guerrero. Take Guerrero at the juicy +475 price tag and laugh your way to the bank.
ESPN2 News Expert Boxing Predictions: Robert Guerrero +475 at SPORTSBOOK.ag
Wt. (Estimated) 162
Rounds Boxed: 93
Wt. (est.) 152
Rounds Boxed: 237
Thurman/Guerrero Skills 1-10
ESPN2 News Line: Robert Guerrero -130