(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Greg Aspen: WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KO’s) believes he’s way too good for Jesus Soto Karass (28-8-3, 18 KO’s) to deal with, and he believes he’s going to show tonight that the 31-year-old Mexican fighter doesn’t belong in the same ring with him when they meet up inside the square circle at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Thurman said “This guy is going down, and that’s what’s going to happen. I’m ‘one time, every time.’ Soto Karass is tough, but so is my grandma. That don’t mean he belongs in the same ring with me.”
It doesn’t look like the 25-year-old Thurman is giving Soto Karass too much credit for his wins over the likes of Andre Berto, Selcuk Aydin and Carson Jones in the past. Thurman still feels that the 5’9 1/2″ Soto Karass doesn’t belong in there with him and that he’s going to show that by giving him a pounding and stopping him.
In his last three fights, Thurman has looked good in beating Diego Chaves, Jan Zaveck and Carlos Quintana. Those ar good fighters, but Soto Karass is definitely a step up from those guys due to his chin, high work rate, power and his size. He’s taller than the 5’7 1/2″ Thurman and you could see that when the two stood eye-to-eye during the face off last Friday. Thurman was definitely the shorter guy, and that’s kind of a rarity for him because he’s been matched up with opposition that have been mostly the same size as him, if not shorter.
How will handle being in the ring with someone that is right has the height and reach over him? It could be a problem unless Thurman is able to bang him out of there quickly. One thing is for sure, Thurman does not like to get hit. He backs off immediately when he starts tasting leather from his opponents, so it’s difficult to know for sure how he’ll react in getting hit a lot by Soto Karass.
Thurman needs a win in this fight to keep on course to fight for the world title against WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner. Thurman wants to keeo on pace to get the Broner fight, or at least to fight for the vacant WBA title if Broner decides to vacate rather than fight him.