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3 Fighters Who Would Beat Keith Thurman Right Now

Don’t be fooled by his record, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) is a tough out for anyone between welterweight and middleweight. Lara’s been pursuing a fight with Gennady Golovkin for the past couple years, to no avail.

Lara campaigns at junior middleweight (154 pounds), but Thurman’s fought a handful of bouts above welterweight. A fight between the two may not be on the horizon, but it isn’t so far-fetched.

Between his stance, straight-left hand and boxing IQ, the rangy southpaw has all the tools to trouble Thurman. His style would further complicate things.

Lara’s a sharpshooter and counterpuncher, he’d force Thurman to come forward. As seen against Porter and Garcia, Thurman prefers to stay at distance and pick his opportunities.

If the two square off, I’d favor Lara by a close decision in a slow-paced fight.