Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter

By Brian Mazique on January 12, 2016
Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter
Thurman vs. Porter will be either March 5 or 12, with the venue still TBD. (RBR Boxing)

Thurman’s power against Porter’s natural athleticism, pressure and toughness could be the formula for a welterweight classic…

Mike Coppinger of Boxing Junkie reports that sources close to USA Today have revealed that an agreement has been reached for WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) to defend his title against former 147-pound champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs). The date for the much anticipated clash will be either March 5 or 12, with the venue still being finalized.

It will be the main event for a Premier Boxing Champions fight card that will be televised live on CBS.

The fight has long been rumored and it will be great to see these two young lions in the ring. Twenty-seven-year-old Thurman has held some version of the WBA welterweight title since he won the interim championship with a 10th-round KO of Diego Chaves in 2013.

The undefeated Clearwater, Florida, native talked about the prospective bout with USA Today last month.

“This is a great matchup for the sport,” he said, “and I’m pretty sure this is what Al Haymon wants. I believe it’s going to be a big fight. And a great fight.”

Thurman and Porter always deliver action-packed fights. Thurman won a surprisingly competitive scrap with Luis Collazo in his last bout back in July 2015. After being staggered by a nasty body shot early in the bout, Thurman recovered to take control. Collazo called it quits after the seventh round.

Porter survived a 12th round knockdown at the hands of Adrien Broner to earn a unanimous decision back in June 2015. The former IBF champion and Akron, Ohio, native would love to add the WBA crown to his trophy case.

Stylistically, this is a potentially epic bout. Thurman’s jab and power against Porter’s natural athleticism, pressure and toughness could be the formula for a welterweight classic.

Despite the fact that Thurman and Porter’s careers have run parallel, the two men have only one common opponent. Porter met veteran Julio Diaz on two occasions and Thurman has faced him once. In Porter’s first fight with Diaz back in December 2012, the result was a split draw. In the rematch, Porter won a rather lopsided unanimous decision.

Thurman had an easier time with Diaz when they fought in April 2014. After dropping him in the second round, Thurman forced the veteran to retire after the third.

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FULL FIGHT: Keith Thurman vs Luis Collazo - 7/11/2015 - PBC on ESPN

FULL FIGHT: Adrien Broner vs Shawn Porter - 6/20/2015 - PBC on NBC

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  1. The Tache 12:59pm, 01/13/2016

    I agree this should be a good fight. Looks like Brook is still trying to get Khan in the ring, although I think the chances are better now that Khan can finally forget about chasing May/Pac.
    I would look forward to Brook challenging the big boys of the division, he seems to have taken a bit of a step back since beating Porter.

  2. No10Point 12:14pm, 01/12/2016

    This should be an interesting match up.
    Of course I think Thurman could have fought Brooks. But his camp is taking a safer route to that fight. IE testing how he stacks up against Porter so they can compare the 2 fights.

    Both men are 5’7” with 69” reaches.
    So Porter shouldn’t be stuck outside at the end of a jab.

    147 is a deep division.
    Probably the deepest at the moment.

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