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Robert Guerrero and Andre Berto headline a tripleheader on HBO on November 24, with a vacant lightweight title fight and a junior middleweight catchweight bout on the undercard.
The November 24 HBO card, which will be headlined by Robert Guerrero vs Andre Berto for the (likely full but maybe interim) WBC welterweight title, will be a tripleheader, with two interesting fights scheduled for the TV undercard.
In a 152-pound catchweight bout, prospect Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KO) will make his second HBO appearance against former welterweight titlist Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KO). This is a serious step-up bout for the 23-year-old Thurman, who beat Orlando Lora in his HBO debut on July 21. "One Time" has also been competing at welterweight, so this is really more a bend to Quintana's preferences (he fights at 154 now) than it is to the prospect's.
Quintana, 35, was last seen on May 5, when he totally demolished Deandre Latimore on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard in the night's opening PPV bout. The Puerto Rican veteran still has plenty of pop and can box, but has been susceptible against punchers in the past, with losses to Miguel Cotto, Andre Berto, and Paul Williams (though he also beat Williams in their first bout). His only losses have come against true top line opponents; if Thurman can beat Quintana, it says a little something.
The vacant WBA lightweight title will be on the line, too, as Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO) gets his rightful chance to win the title he should have secured on April 14, when the Nevada judges stole a victory over Brandon Rios from him. Abril will be facing Sharif Bogere (23-0, 15 KO) in a matchup of top ten lightweights. Bogere, 24, is a solid and usually entertaining prospect out of Uganda, now living in Vegas, while the Cuban Abril, at 30, is looking to capitalize on the sudden fame he gained in "defeat" against Rios. Given his awkward style and lack of fan base, this could wind up the only big shot he's going to get.