Quintana has been in with the best, he's been a former world champ and has given a lot of talented boxers very tough fights. Thurman had to impress here if he wanted to be considered as up there with the best in the division. And "impress" is exactly what he did. It started in the first round when he swung a devastating left hook to the rib cage of Quintana and sent him down late in the round. For the next few rounds it looked like he had just decided to take a step back and out-box Quintana. But in the 4th he found another opening, and once again he took advantage of this opening. According to the stats it was a 25-punch barrage that Thurman landed before the referee decided enough was enough and stopped the fight.
It really was a top-draw, solid performance from Thurman. He has that rare ability of throwing shots from all angles whilst pivoting and still getting full power in them. That's what makes him so hard to defend against, you just can't stop the punches coming. Even if you do see it you don't know what way to move because another will soon be coming from the other direction. Taking his age and potential into consideration, I think this guy should be considered as a serious contender in the light-middleweight division, but he should not be rushed! A few more fights against progressive opposition and then he should be ready for a world title shot. A future world star without a doubt!
By Jack Price @PriceyJ97 - PriceyBoxing@gmail.com