If Richard Schaefer gets what he says he wants, he'll pit welterweight contenders Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero against one another on November 2, part of a big Golden Boy run on Showtime. A fight between the unbeaten Thurman, coming off of his best career win, and the veteran standout Guerrero, coming off of a loss in his biggest career fight, looks solid on paper, and the 24-year-old Thurman says he's definitely interested in the fight.
"It's an exciting fight for me, because Guerrero, he's been in the mix within the welterweight division, which is pretty much where I want to be. To face someone who has walked the path and walked down the alley where you want to go, and who has been where you want to be, I just think that it's a great test and a great opportunity to see what Keith Thurman's all about. ... I see myself as a true warrior. I see myself as a champion. I'm in this sport to be a champion, so, you know, I'm calling out all of the champions and all of the ex-world champions."
Thurman (21-0, 19 KO) made his Showtime debut on July 27, knocking out Diego Chaves in the opening bout of the excellent "Knockout Kings II" card in San Antonio. He previously had said he'd give fans a refund if the fight went more than two rounds, which I still think people should call him on, because rules are rules, Keith, get used to it, but I don't hear anyone complaining about the nine-plus that we got.
Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO) has been pretty quiet since losing a wide decision to Floyd Mayweather on May 4, but he did get some good news 10 days after that fight, as his gun charge in New York was dropped. He did recently discuss via text a possible fight with Victor Ortiz, but as the days go by like paper in the wind, it doesn't really seem like Vicious Victor is all that determined to get back into the ring, not when he's got FaceLube to promote, stars to dance with (no, wait, he was the star), and Expendables 3 to "star" in. While he told Guerrero he could "do that for sure broham...," it appears that Broham may have to find a new target, and Thurman fits the bill.
I SAY DO IT, YOU GUYS! BROHAMS!