It was a war zone last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, as Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s) defeated “Showtime” Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KO’s), in what was a very narrow unanimous decision victory.  All three judges scored the fight 115-113 for Thurman, as he escapes Brooklyn with his WBA welterweight title, and his undefeated record.  The fight was originally scheduled to take place in March, but was set back until last night after Keith Thurman suffered minor injuries in a car accident that he was involved in.  All of the rounds were so close and difficult to score, that it could have gone either way.  Shawn Porter would end up landing one more punch then Thurman, but Thurman landed the better punches.  Thurman also landed at 43% while Porter landed at 34%.

There was not really any feel out period in this fight, as the bombs started flying from the opening bell.  Porter was applying relentless pressure through out the entire fight and throwing a lot of punches.  Thurman was able to counter just enough to escape with a victory.  In the middle rounds, Porter landed a vicious body shot that really hurt Thurman, and he started retreating.  Porter was very successful when he had Thurman pinned on the ropes, but Thurman’s slick boxing skills were able to get him out of trouble.

In the ninth round, Thurman landed a huge right hand that wobbled Porter, and it looked like Thurman might be able to get a knockdown.  The resilient Porter would not go down however, and get right back in the face of the champion.  Porter would get overly aggressive with a sense of urgency, and while bulldozing in, would get checked with a number of left hooks.  That would be the difference in the fight, Thurman’s ability to counter effectively.  Before the 11th, Thurman’s corner told him that he needed both of the next rounds to win the fight.  Thurman, feeling the pressure came out aggressive in the 11th, and took the round.  The 12th was another all out brawl, and Thurman hurt Porter with a left hook.  Porter would apply the pressure again after that, but it would be too little too late.  Hats off to both of these guys, as they delivered an amazing performance.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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