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Keith Thurman anticipates KO of Leonard Bundu

Keith "One Time" Thurman is not expecting his upcoming bout to go the distance, and realistically, most others are inclined to agree.

Joe Scarnici
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Keith Thurman plans on delivering another knockout winning performance for his upcoming bout against Leonard Bundu on the Khan-Alexander card this December. Thurman is still brimming with confidence and it seems like he's ready to up his level of competition, but hasn't yet been successful in securing a big name opponent, or really even a semi-big one thus far. So in the meanwhile, I guess we just get to enjoy watching him take out lesser opponents in spectacular fashion. Trainer, Dan Birmingham, certainly expects more of the same.

"I think that every fight with Keith can be a knockout," said Birmingham, "so, yeah, I'm looking for a knockout. Especially with this guy because he likes to hang in there really close."

Bundu (31-0-2, 11 KOs) is a Sierra Leone transplant who resides in Italy. He's been a European welterweight titlist since 2011. And he's also one month shy of his 40th birthday, while Thurman is closing in on number 26. This will additionally mark Bundu's first appearance on American soil...So Birmingham continues his analysis of Bundu.

"We don't know a whole lot other than what we've seen on video," said Birmingham of Bundu, who is listed at nearly 5-foot-7 - an inch shorter than Thurman. "We know that he's short, strong and that he likes to come forward. He's not a big puncher; it appears to me."

Sounds like a recipe for disaster going against Thurman.

"He switches from rightie to leftie every 30 seconds or so or every minute," said Birmingham of Bundu. "He's just switching it up all the time. But on Dec. 13, at the Mandalay Bay on Showtime, he's going to be 31-1; that's all that I know."

Indeed. Let's hope after this fight we can get Thurman in there with the big dogs of the welterweight division. It's not that Bundu is a bum or anything like that, its just that Thurman looks to clearly be in a class above him. So, as Omar of "The Wire" once eloquently put it, "How can you expect to run with the wolves come night when you spend all day sparring with the puppies?"

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