Thurman outslugs Porter in a close fight
WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (27-0, 23 KOs) survived through 12 tough rounds, earning a unanimous decision win over Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16KOs). All three scorecards read 115-113 for the champion.
Ringside punch statistics had Thurman landing 203 power shots to Porter’s 177.
After a fight of the year caliber fight a rematch was on the minds of both fighters.
“I would do a rematch. It was a great fight. He’s a great opponent,” said Thurman, who improved to 27-0 and defended his full-fledged title for the first time. “I was unable to drop him. He’s a good athlete.”
The fight was physical from the onset with the relentless Porter applying pressure and Thurman using his legs to create counter shots from a distance. In the second round, Porter appeared to hurt Thurman with a body shot, prompting him to retreat, but Thurman recovered while firing off uppercuts on the inside. In the third, Porter walked into a straight right hand that put him in some trouble, but he too was able to recover and force Thurman to slug it out.
After seemingly trading rounds midway through the fight, Thurman was cut over his left eye from a punch, and Porter once again managed to get Thurman to trade punches along the ropes. Both men landed big shots going toe to toe numerous times throughout the fight.
“We need that rematch,” said Porter. “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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