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Guerrero plans to test Thurman's chin

Robert Guerrero says he plans on seeing if Thurman can take his punch when the two meet this weekend.

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

Robert Guerrero was asked about his thoughts on Keith Thurman, the man he'll be squaring off with on Saturday.

"Keith Thurman is a great fighter," a respectful Guerrero said at the press conference in New York announcing the fight. "He's quick on his feet, quick with his hands. He has power. You got to respect that."

"His strength is definitely in his power. Thurman has a high knockout ratio and he's the naturally bigger man, who's never fought under 147-pounds. I'm not going to talk about his weaknesses because that's confidential information. I will be testing his chin though; that you can count on."

Guerrero seems to be equally excited to showcase his talents in front of a much bigger audience on NBC, as the PBC series kicks off.

"Al Haymon is brilliant for bringing boxing back to network television, especially on NBC, who just broadcasted the Super Bowl," the southpaw boxer/puncher told RingTV.com. "It doesn't get any bigger than that. Boxing will once again become one of the most watched sports, just like the old days. I can't wait to get in there and mix it up for the fans."

It doesn't seem that he'll be mixing it up in the way he's most accustomed to, however. Recent news is that Kenny Bayless will be the third man in the ring for this fight, and while he's a good referee, he has been criticized for breaking up fighters early and often. That certainly won't play into the hands of Guerrero who often likes to get inside and tie up while hitting with his free hand. While I already was giving the edge to Thurman in this bout, I think this selection of referee gives an even greater edge to Keith.

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