It was a fight that was as competitive as it was engaging, a championship bout in which both participants put it all on the line until the final bell sounded. In the end, there would be only one winner in the world title fight between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, but there certainly was no loser.
You didn’t think we’d forgotten about this fight, did you?
Keith Thurman is plotting his next move in the wake of Saturday’s hard-fought victory over former champion Shawn Porter at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
For several years, hard-core boxing fans waited for Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter to square off to see who would prevail in a battle between 147-pound warriors and longtime friends. Those fans got their wish Saturday night, and they got an answer—barely.
Keith Thurman’s punching power is born out in this most basic of statistics: Only four of the 26 opponents he’s faced have made it to the finish line.
It’s a clash that fight fans have been waiting to witness for months, if not years.
Rare has been the occasion when a boxer has legitimately hurt Keith Thurman in any of the undefeated 147-pound champion’s 26 professional bouts.
It’s hardly surprising that making weight has never been a problem for Shawn Porter, who is as dedicated and disciplined in training as any fighter in the game. But the former 147-pound champ insists there’s more to it than hard work in the gym.