Boxing Preview: MGM Grand Hosts Broner-Molina, Guerrero-Thurman Tonight (March 7)

bronerfighter-4_3The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts a Goossen-Tutor promoted boxing card tonight (March 7, 2015) featuring nine scheduled fights for the live event. The two featured fights are appearing at the sport books, as Welterweights Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero and Light Welterweights Adrien Broner and Jon Molina face of in fights that are scheduled to air on NBC in the United States. There are no over/under odds for the bouts as of yet. The WBA World Welterweight title is on the line as undefeated titlist Keith Thurman (24-0) defends the belt against the challenge of veteran Robert Guerrero (32-2-1). Thurman is a big (-700) favorite, with the comeback on Guerrero coming in at (+500). Thurman, still just 26 years old, is starting to get a buzz about him. He has 21 stoppages in his 24 wins, and his extensive amateur career make him a dangerous blend of puncher/boxer that has made people start to take notice. Guerrero is at a crossroads in his career. In May of 2013, he entered the ring on a great run, not having lost in more than 8 years. Unfortunately for Guerrero, he faced Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he lost the WBC World Welterweight title he had won a piece of by defeating Andre Berto. Since the Mayweather fight, Guerrero has fought just once, winning a unanimous decision over Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai. He enters this fight now at 31 years old, and because he did not look his best against Kamegai, he is faced with the question of whether or not he can get back to the top of his game. Thurman is an extremely tough test, and he runs the risk of going to (1-2) in his last three fights, after previously not having lost in almost a decade. At Junior Welterweight, Adrien Broner is an even bigger favorite paying (-900) to defeat John Molina Jr, who is returning at (-600). Molina is an experienced opponent with a lot of top notch talent on his resume, but he is (3-4) in his last seven outings. He went into the 11th round before being stopped by Lucas Martin Matthysse, which is a name which gets mentioned as a potential opponent for Broner. He has an overall record of (27-5) with 22 stoppages, so he has good power, but he has fought most of his career at a lower weight class. Broner is (29-1) now, and he has tacked on a couple of wins to his record since losing to Marcos Maidana in December of 2013, and this fight is slated to be a third win in a row before he moves on to Matthysse or a bigger fight of that nature. In this one, it is unlikely Broner’s handlers slipped up in picking an opponent. With former three weight division world champion Abner Mares on the card, and several undefeated prospects on the card, check back as more lines could pop up from this event.

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