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Thurman beats Porter in classic bout to retain Welterweight belt


keith thurman vs shawn porter



The fight lived up to the hype as Keith Thurman beat Shawn Porter in a close bout to retain his title and remain undefeated. The action packed fight lived up to expectations as both fighters fought with heart for 12 rounds. Thurman (28-0, 22 Kos) showed his power and his ability to take a punch and counter punch during moments in the fight.  All three judges scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Thurman.

“I want to thank Shawn Porter for a tremendous fight. He’s a great warrior,” said Thurman, 27, of Clearwater, Florida. “Shawn brought it today. He was on me. But I knew that defense would be the key to victory. He smothers his punches a lot and it’s very difficult for the judges to give him clear scoring.Thurman landed 44% of his punches compared to only 36% from Porter.

“I was able to rock him with clear, effective blows, and I believe that was the key to victory today. He’s in tremendous shape and is a tremendous athlete, and I would love to see him in the ring again if he wanted it.”

Porter (26-2-1, 16 kos) who suffered his second loss of his career was disappointed and felt he won the fight.

“At the end of the day, I’m blessed,” said Porter, 28, a native of Akron, Ohio, who fights out of Las Vegas. “We worked hard. Keith is a great champion. My dad [trainer Ken Porter] says to keep your head up. I think I won the fight, but I’m satisfied, because the competitor came out tonight.”

Thurman landed 44% of his punches compared to only 36% from Porter.  The fight was so close and back and forth the Boxing fans are already demanding a rematch as they call this fight the “fight of the year”.

“I would give him a rematch. It was a great fight. He was a great opponent,” Thurman said. “Everyone was saying would he be my toughest opponent to date. I was unable to drop him. I did rock him. He’s a good athlete.”

“We need that rematch,” Porter said. “I know the fans want that rematch. If he gives me another chance, I’m going to work hard in the ring and leave with his title.”


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