Fans everywhere didn’t see it coming. When it came to Tim Tszyu, many were expecting the current WBO junior middleweight champ to either take on Erickson Lubin or possibly Jermell Charlo. Keith Thurman, on the other hand, was essentially an afterthought. The former unified welterweight titlist rarely fights anymore and he’s spent the vast majority of his career campaigning at 147 pounds. So, when it was recently announced that the two would be swapping fists on March 30th, many were left scratching their heads, including Brian “Bomac” McIntyre.
From a betting standpoint, oddsmakers couldn’t care less that Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) was once viewed as one of the best fighters in the world. They firmly believe that he’ll get pummeled.
Bomac isn’t a fan of making predictions. He reveres both fighters and what they bring to the table. But, when asked to pick a side and stick to it, he admitted that Thurman is a live dog but that Tszyu (24-0, 17 KOs) should walk away with his hand raised.
“I think it’s gonna be a good fight,” Bomac told a group of reporters. “Tim Tszyu has the momentum because Keith has been off for a while. I see the fight going toward Tim Tszyu.”
Being sequestered on the sidelines pretty much sums up Thurman’s career as of late. In six years, he’s fought just three times, including none in the past two years. Sitting back and watching the boxing world pass him by has been the exact opposite of Tszyu’s approach. He’s kept an active schedule and is hoping that a win over Crawford would be enough to grab the attention of Terence Crawford.
Boxing is a sport predicated on one-on-one battles. However, Bomac wishes he could place Crawford in a bit of a difficult situation. Of course, it’ll never happen. But, if for some reason the commission were willing to allow Crawford to fight both Thurman and Tszyu simultaneously, Bomac believes his man would barely break a sweat.
“I think Bud would beat them on the same night.”