Can Haymon Boxing bring the sport back to the forefront of boxing?

Robert Guerrero will face off with Keith Thurman on March 7 as part of Haymon Boxing’s first NBC date (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Big news his the boxing world recently as it was revealed the Haymon Boxing will be bringing big-time boxing back to network television as NBC will play host to the first edition of “Premiere Boxing Championsips” on March 7 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the evening’s main event, former welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will meet up with dangerous, hard-punching interim WBA welterweight titlist Keith “One Time” Thurman while the always-brash Adrien Broner faces off with rugged John Molina Jr. in the chief support.

A significant clash between junior welterweight champions Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson is on tap the following month and there is definite buzz on what this new series means to the sport.

Speaking with trainer Virgil Hunter about the news, he seemed genuinely intrigued.

“I think that’s a wonderful thing because boxing is a worldwide sport,” Hunter told “As you can see, we have an influx of fighters from all nationalities and all creeds and colors from all over the world. The more opportunities we have here in the United States, the more opportunities the game will be presented with and the game will be global the way it once was.”

Hunter also feels the Guerrero-Thurman match is an excellent way to kick things off.

“That’s an interesting fight,” said Hunter. “We all know that ‘The Ghost’ comes to fight and we all know Thurman is a very confident fighter with punching power and a lot of athletic ability. Good constrast in styles. I could see that fight really turning out to be a war.”

*** Can Haymon Boxing bring the sport back to the forefront. Hunter seems to think so. Check below for the full interiew plus more boxing updates…

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