One night before defending his WBA welterweight title against Robert Guerrero, Keith Thurman dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench to preview the fight.
Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) will face Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. Coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.
“Yeah, we’re happy to be here,” Thurman said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “This is a great fight, a tremendous fight versus Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero. He’s ready, he’s confident. I’m ready, I’m confident. Tomorrow night, man, it’s going to be fireworks. I’m coming out banging.”
Thuman, 26, said he intends to throw punches “from all sorts of angles.”
“We’re going to break him down,” he said. “We’re going to hit him down in every way shape or form that we can. We’re going to hit him with the left, we’re going to hit him with the right. We’re going to circle around him and make him look like a fool all night. It’s going to be terrific all night, man. I’m looking forward to this. I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills and my talent. I got a lot of family that are going to be tuning in. They’re going to be watching tomorrow night. It’s going to be great.”
Guerrero, 31, has lost just twice in his professional career, including once to Floyd Mayweather in May 2013. Guerrero didn’t fight more than a year afterward, eventually beating Yoshihiro Kamegai in June 2014.
“You can see how he made it to the level that he did,” Thurman said of Guerrero. “He comes in shape, he presses fights, he fights hard – and if you underestimate him, you’re going to be in for a surprise. But I don’t underestimate the man. I know what he’s bringing to the table. Mayweather boxed circles around him. So if for any reason we can’t establish and enforce our will upon him the way that we want to, we can just go to Plan B and box circles around him.
“His team is already expecting me to run,” Thurman continued. “They’re worried that I’m going to use my footwork because they know my footwork is something that’s hard to deal with. But at the end of the day, I’m really trying to look to hurt this guy. I’m excited to hurt this guy. I can’t wait to hurt this guy. Mike Tyson used to call this sport the pain game, and that’s what we’re bring Saturday night.”
If Thurman sounds confident, well, that’s because he’s the champion. He’s also undefeated – not to mention ready and willing to take Guerrero out by any means necessary.
Asked which style he’ll bring to the ring Saturday, Thurman said “all the styles.”
“You can call me a chameleon,” he said. “I bring all the tricks of my trade. I’m going to be right there going toe-to-toe, I’m going to circle around, I’m going to use my jab, I’m going to pop shot – I’m going to do everything. I’m going to do all the tricks that I got. I’m going to make it a difficult fight for him. We’re going to hurt this boy. We know we’re going to hurt this boy. The question is, which round? The first, second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh, eight – it doesn’t matter, man. This boy’s getting hurt tomorrow night.”