Diaz Gives Shawn Porter The Edge Over Keith Thurman

By Rick Reeno

Former champion Julio Diaz is the fighter only to share the ring with both Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15KOs) and Keith Thurman (23-0-1, 21KOs).

Later tonight, Porter will have a tough nut to crack when he defends his IBF title against mandatory challenger Kell Brook (32-0, 22KOs), as the main event of a Showtime televised tripleheader from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Diaz went to a to a draw with Porter the first time, but was outboxed in the rematch. Thurman blew Diaz away without much trouble in three rounds.

Over the last few months, a number of fans were demanding to see a fight between Porter and Thurman. caught up with Diaz, who fought them both, to see which fighter would have the advantage if they fought right now.

"I think I would give the edge, and it's literally an edge, to Shawn Porter - just because of his style, his defense, and just his stance...he's not an easy target. Thurman is very dangerous, very powerful....but with that he exposes [himself] a lot. I think Porter has the upper hand right now. He's more comfortable on the big stage. He's a world champion right now. He's growing and he's getting better. I think Thurman makes more mistakes right now," Diaz told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by theface07 on 08-17-2014

What do the Porter people think his chances of beating Thurman are now after he lost to Brook? The same? Less? Thurman would crush Porter if he lunges straight in the way he did against Brook. Even though Brook did…

Comment by BIGPOPPAPUMP on 08-16-2014

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;14859902]How many times has Thurman been down or in trouble? Not like he has Amir Khans China chin. He's a big, strong welter. Not saying he can't be hurt or knocked out but I haven't seen him in trouble even…

Comment by John Locke on 08-16-2014

Of course Diaz would say that, he had a competitive first fight with Porter and got a draw (although I thought he lost), while Thurman destroyed him. Stylistically I think the fight suits Thurman. Porter relentlessly comes forward and Thurman…

Comment by Teetotaler on 08-16-2014

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;14859902]How many times has Thurman been down or in trouble? Not like he has Amir Khans China chin. He's a big, strong welter. Not saying he can't be hurt or knocked out but I haven't seen him in trouble even…

Comment by Corelone on 08-16-2014

[QUOTE=KayDub;14859852]Diaz didn't even land a meaningful punch against Thurman so I don't know why he says that Thurman is there to be hit. He wasn't even in the ring with Keith long enough to get a feel for him. Diaz…

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