By Jeff Agee: Shawn “Showtime” Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) will be taking what could be the best fighter in the 147lb division in facing unbeaten WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) on December 12th on Showtime, according to ESPN. Showtime is still being quiet about the Thurman-Porter fight, which means that the negotiations for the fight are still unfinished at this point. But the fight is definitely one that is going to be happening.
It’s a fight that makes sense for both of them due to both guys being with Al Haymon, a high powered adviser that many fighters are signed with. Haymon likes to mix and match with his fighters, and he needs to start putting the 26-year-old Thurman in with better fighters because the weak opposition he’s been liming him up with hasn’t done much for his career.
The venue for the Thurman vs. Porter fight still hasn’t been determined yet, as you would guess. Suffice it to say, it will either be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada or one of the cities in Florida. Thurman is from Florida and it’s a good location for the fight.
Thurman has recently had wins over Luis Collazo, Robert Guerrero and Leonard Bundu. Those are all older fighters in their 30s and early 40s. Thurman needs to start facing some younger fighters that have talent and aren’t over the hill. The fights against Guerrero and Bundu were pretty much one-sided affairs that weren’t all that entertaining to watch. Thurman’s recent fight against Collazo was shown on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN. Thurman halted him in the 7th round, but he was hurt earlier in the fight in the 4th round from a body shot.
Porter defeated Adrien Broner by a 12 round unanimous decision in his last fight in June in a one-sided fight. It was by far the biggest win of Porter’s career. Last year, Porter lost his IBF welterweight title to Kell Brook by a 12 round decision. Brook used a lot of clinching to keep Porter from throwing punches, and the referee stood by and let the clinching occur. Porter defeated Erick Bone by a 5th round knockout last March.