Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) vs. Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) will be the first CBS primetime boxing event in 38 years. Saturday night at the Barclays Center, two of the best current welterweights in the business step into the ring to put their skills on display.
Thurman is a welterweight titlist and is ranked third by the Ring magazine in the welterweight division. In his fights leading up to this point, Thurman has proven that he has great potential and may be the future of the welterweight division.
On the other hand, Porter has already won a welterweight belt and is ranked just one spot behind Thurman per the Ring magazine rankings. Porter has also made a name for himself, gaining more popularity recently by upsetting Adrien Broner via unanimous decision.
Going into Saturday night’s fight, Thurman is the slight betting favorite, but it is a big gamble for both fighters. The welterweight division is one of the most competitive in the sport. Thurman is putting his belt as well as his undefeated record on the line, while Porter is risking taking another loss and falling further behind the divisions best.
No matter the outcome, we will likely see what the future holds for the welterweight division for years to come. Thurman vs. Porter is expected to be an extremely close and competitive fight–a stylistic clash.
Who will have the edge and come out on top?
Here are three keys to victory for Shawn “Showtime” Porter over Keith “One Time” Thurman.
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