Bayless to ref Thurman v Guerrero; Eubank targets Saunders rematch

Hilmar Rojas 02/03/2015

Kenny Bayles will be the referee of the Saturday, March 7 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between 147-lbs welterweight champion of the World Boxing Association Keith Thurman and Challenger Robert Guerrero.

Nevada State Athletic Commission appointed the Americans Adelaide Bird, Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth. The WBA supervisor will be Gilberto Jesús Mendoza.

Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KO) is the fourth-rated contender of the division and is a former champion of four different divisions (126, 130, 135 and 147 pounds). This weekend ‘The Ghost’ will try to put an end to the undefeated record of Thurman (24-0, 21 KO).

On July 27, 2013, Thurman won the interim belt when he knocked out Diego Chaves, has made three successful defenses before being elevated to regular champion on January 17, 2015.

Chris Eubank Jr: “I won, I have my belt.”

After becoming the new World Boxing Association 160 lbs Middleweight interim champion, Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr. spoke with the press in his country and said he was happy to achieve his dream, his goal “and I have a belt that I have wanted.”

A calmed, slow talker and somewhat buzzed by the heat of the fight, Eubank said “I won, I have my belt. I lost the opportunity of winning it last time, and I made sure not to make the same mistakes this time. This is wonderful, this is my dream”.

He made it clear that he is still considered a boxer who has to learn many things, which need to improve: “I must improve but I am happy with my presentation. This guy (Dmitry Chudinov) was terribly difficult.

He also said he wants the rematch with Billy Joe Sanders: “I’m ready for the rematch, I am coming for you,” in reference to their fight of last November which he lost by decision.