All this talk about a fight between WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and #5 WBA Shawn Porter for December 12th on Showtime appear to be a bunch of baloney. Kenny Porter, the father/trainer for Shawn, Porter that he’s received no phone calls or contracts or a date for a fight against the 26-year-old Thurman.
Dan Rafael of ESPN is the one who may behind the rumors of Porter and Thurman facing each other, because last week he tweeted the news on his social media site. However, it looks like Rafael jumped the gun with the news because Kenny Porter says he’s heard nothing about a fight between Porter and Thurman.
I can’t say I’m surprised that there’s no truth to the Thurman-Porter rumors, because the fight goes against Thurman’s track record. Thurman has been matched against soft opposition for the most part since he turned pro in 2007, and I can’t see him breaking that tradition. Thurman and his adviser Al Haymon just seem to be looking for one big score in terms of money against someone like Floyd Mayweather Jr. Other than that one big money fight they’re willing to take, they seem to be focusing on nothing but safe fights against old timers like Luis Collazo, Julio Diaz, Carlos Quintana and Jan Zaveck.
“No fight to my knowledge,” Porter said to RingTV.com. “No calls! No contract! No date! (Team Thurman) know Shawn from the amateurs when Shawn was knocking out people at 165 pounds,” Porter told RingTV.com in a recent interview. “They know what they have to deal with. Keith was 152 and he was losing to Demetrious Andrade while Shawn beat him in the world games. They know and are aware of what went on then and what will go on once they take that fight. There’s no posturing going on for TV we just want the next fight to be a big one and we made the call.”