These two boxers are just a year apart and yet, this match matters more to them than their age. Keith Thurman is set to face off against Shawn Porter on Saturday, June 25.
The long awaited 147-pound world title battle is about to go down and it’s going to be a great one. They brought the fight to Brooklyn because as Thurman said, New York is a fight town. The infamous Gleason’s Gym is located not too far from the Barclays. It’s only right that this spectacle is housed in Brooklyn. Keith Thurman is aware that the fans were eager for this one to take place.
“I made you wait. But it’s worth it. This is a tremendous fight. Arguably the best matchup of the year. We’re going to work our butts off to make it the Fight of the Year.
The anticipation has built up to this moment for the boxer who holds an impressive 26-0 record and has won by knock out a whopping 22 times. Will fans see the same tonight? Shawn Porter may be able to stop as he is quick on his feet.
Shawn Porter was apart of radio show host Charlamagne Tha God’s sparring event in May and you can tell that the boxer was eager to get in the ring already. Kenny Porter, who happens to be his father and trainer, has coached his son well. If you have money on Porter, it’s tough to not picture him winning either. Here’s what he had to say in regards to the fight.
“Keith Thurman is bringing out the competitiveness in me to a level I’ve always wanted. It’s a level I expect. I have a guy next to me who is challenging me more than ever. Me and Keith Thurman are going to put on a show. Everything you talked about, you’re going to get it.”
Porter also knows that Thurman is conjuring up a possible knock out.
“I wasn’t surprised that Keith said he would knock me out. He has to pump himself up and be confident. When he looked at me I think he was trying to convince me that he was being real and I was looking at him to find out if he was convinced. He thinks he’s going to knock me out, I say he’s not. I’m going to do everything it takes to beat him and make it look easy.
Porter’s current record stands tall at 26-1 and yet another impressive 16 wins by knock out. Will he add another one to his knock out column?
I know what you’re thinking, “Thurman might knock this dude out.” I think both boxers are hungry for this victory but I’m going to have to side with Porter on winning this match. He is both starving and thirsty to win this one. I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t make it past the 7th or 8th round. Porter’s jabs are possibly one the best I’ve seen in sport and it may be enough to stop Thurman from knocking him out. These two are putting their friendship aside for the night and treating each other like enemies.
It all goes down tonight, June 25 at 9 pm EST on CBS. Who you got winning?