The reports around a prospective welterweight title battle in between Keith “One Time” Thurman and “Showtime” Shawn Porter are intensifying today, as Michael Woods of The Sugary food Science reports that the battle is likely for December 12. No place or TELEVISION network for the fight is named.
Thurman (26-0, 22 KO) would be defending the WBA welterweight title, having won the interim variation in 2013 versus Diego Chaves. He defended the interim belt successfully versus Julio Diaz and Leonard Bundu in 2014, and was bumped up to “world” titleholder status– listed below Floyd Mayweather’s “very” title with the WBA– this year for defenses versus Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo.
Porter (26-1-1, 16 KO) is a previous IBF titleholder who lost his belt in August 2014 to Kell Brook, and has actually recuperated this year with victories against Erick Bone and Adrien Broner, the latter which truly put Porter back in the mix for a giant welterweight bout.
With Thurman and Porter both requiring a fight and not being the type to pull back from a difficulty, this fight makes all the sense in the world, and has some potential slugfest qualities, too, as both people can punch, Porter isn’t scared to fight rough (or a little filthy), and Thurman enjoys a chance to showcase his power.