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Luis Collazo vs. Keith Thurman Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/11/15

Keith Thurman (25-0) vs. Luis Collazo (36-6)

Boxing: Saturday, July 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm (USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida)

The Line: Luis Collazo +2500 / Keith Thurman -5000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

Luis Collazo and Keith Thurman square off Saturday night at the USF Sun Dome for the WBA (Regular) Welterweight title.

Luis Collazo enters this fight with a 36-6 record that includes 19 knockouts. Collazo has won five of his last six fights, which includes a win over Chris Degollado back in April. Collazo has a very long reach at 72 inches and is one of the more experienced fighters with a solid 42 bouts under his belt. At 34, Collazo likes to dictate pace more and isn’t nearly as aggressive as he once was earlier in his career, however, he’s still a dangerous southpaw who has produced a knockout in three of his last four victories. The concerns with Collazo is that he has a long history of folding late in fights and hasn’t had much success when taking on more talented boxers. This will be Collazo’s first time fighting in Florida.  

Luis Collazo vs. Keith Thurman Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/11/15

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Keith Thurman enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 21 knockouts. Thurman is coming off a March victory over Robert Guerrero and this will be his fourth fight since 2014. It’s no secret that Thurman has knockout power in both hands, as majority of his fights end with his opponent hitting the canvas, but his patience and technical approach make him most dangerous. Thurman waits for the right time to land his power punches, which puts a ton of pressure on his opponent. At 26, Thurman has the ability to become a household name rather quickly. Really the only weakness I see for Thurman is that his opponent this time around has more than double the amount of rounds under his belt. This will be Thurman’s ninth time fighting in Tampa.

I give Collazo a chance to make this fight somewhat competitive, as he is a veteran of this sport and has paid his dues against some respectable fighters. However, Thurman is simply the better boxer with far more physical tools. Thurman is also fighting in his backyard, and only one of his previous eight fights in Tampa went the distance.

Look for Thurman to win by a knockout around the sixth or seventh round.

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