Keith Thurman narrowly outpoints Shawn Porter in entertaining fight
Keith Thurman defeated Shawn Porter by a close unanimous decision to retain his WBA welterweight title Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The boxers both had their moments in a terrific fight. Porter, a swarming fighter, did well when he pushed Thurman against the ropes and banged away inside. He was able to do so with some consistency, although Thurman (27-0, 22 knockouts) often fought back, held or danced out of harm’s way.
Thurman was able to catch Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) coming in with crisp shots at many junctures and scored consistently from the outside. He landed more eye-catching punches to the head.
Thus, many rounds were very difficult to score. The judges all had the same tally, 115-113, an indication of how tight the fight was. I also had it 115-113 in favor Thurman.
The punch stats also were evidence of a very close fight: Porter landed 236 punches overall (of 662 thrown), Thurman 235 (of 539).
A full report will follow shortly.