Keith Thurman outlasts Robert Guerrero in instant classic

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Ruben Guerrero was succinct in the locker room Saturday night after Robert Guerrero’s all-out war with Keith Thurman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night on the debut Premier Boxing Champions card.

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Thurman vs Guerrero highlights: March 7, 2015

“That could be Fight of the Year,” he said.

It’s only March, but two fighters are going to have to be on their A-game to deliver a better show than what Guerrero and Thurman put on in front of a packed house.

Thurman prevailed in a unanimous decision, but paid the price in the fight, suffering a hematoma that sent him to the hospital after the fight. With the win, Thurman remained unbeaten.

After an early going in front of a crowd that was heavily pro-Guerrero, Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) scored a knockdown in the ninth with a right uppercut. It seemed to invigorate Guerrero (32-3, 18 KOs), who marched into the fray in the 10th as a raucous crowd chanted “Guerrero! Guerrero!”

Guerrero took the fight to Thurman in the late rounds, but didn’t score the knockout as the decision went 120-107, 118, 109, 118-108.

After the fight, Guerrero, wearing dark sunglasses after receiving three stitches for his cut, said he wasn’t hurt.

“I felt good,” he said. “I could go 12 more right now.”

After that performance? Fight fans would take that deal.

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Keith Thurman lands a left on Robert Guerrero March 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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