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Keith Thurman: There Might Be A Lesser Step Next Than Rematch With Porter

Keith Thurman is interested in fighting Shawn Porter again, just not necessarily next.

Their fan-friendly fight in June 2016 provided some of the best boxing action of that year. Their 12-round battle for Thurman’s WBA welterweight title was so close that it warrants a rematch.

The 31-year-old Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC) hasn’t fought since he had surgery on his left hand in September, however, which would probably preclude Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs) from becoming his opponent in Thurman’s first fight back.

“I’ve heard Porter might be interested in a rematch,” Thurman told host Dan Rafael in the most recent episode of “Stars And Champions” on Impact Network. “That’s a legitimate fight. I’m not sure exactly if it’s the necessary move right now or not, but it’s legitimate, you know. I mean, I’m not saying no, but I’m not saying yes because I just wanna see what else is out there right now. But it’s a good fight. I like the fight. I liked it the first time. I like it again. We have a great rivalry. I can already imagine the trash talking that could happen in that fight.”

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Rafael, a contributor, pointed out that Porter suggested Thurman doesn’t really want to fight him again during Porter’s own recent appearance on “Stars And Champions.”

“I don’t know what would make him think I wouldn’t be open to the rematch,” Thurman said. “We have a great rivalry. We have great history. The fans know it. We were Showtime’s ‘Fight of the Year.’ I mean, there’s just so much to it, you know.”

CBS, Showtime’s parent company, aired Thurman-Porter live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Their all-action, back-and-forth fight drew a peak audience of 3,940,000 and averaged 3,100,000 viewers on free TV.

Thurman topped Porter, a former IBF and WBC 147-pound champ, by unanimous decision. All three judges – Eric Marlinski, Waleska Roldan and Steve Weisfeld – scored Thurman a 115-113 winner over Porter.

Nearly four years later, Thurman is in the process of building up strength in his jab hand. The former WBA/WBC welterweight champ still doesn’t have full use of it nine months following a surgical procedure in which bones were fused in his left hand.

Thurman, of Clearwater, Florida, worsened his hand injury during a 12-round, split-decision defeat to Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) on July 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“When it comes to me, I just wanna get back in the ring,” Thurman said. “You know, I’ve been through so much, I know what it’s like. I love fighting the best. I’ve put my body through a lot. Now that I’ve had hand surgery and I’m coming out of that, that’s the only move, you know, is Shawn Porter the right next step? There might be a lesser step because we’ve done a lot of tough fights. We’ve done a lot of challenges and stuff, so maybe in that retrospect, that’s why he feels like Thurman doesn’t need him, you know, or doesn’t really wanna take the fight. I do, but I just wanna weigh it up against other things at this current moment.” 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by MulaKO on 06-30-2020

[QUOTE=Doubledagger;20635046]I really hope I'm wrong too, or that he wisens up and makes the right promotional decisions. Look how Andrade turned out because of poor promotional choices? I don't want that for Boots either.[/QUOTE] I hear you loud and clear…

Comment by Doubledagger on 06-30-2020

[QUOTE=MulaKO;20630272]Very valid point I just hope your absolutely wrong Boots , imo , is the goods[/QUOTE] I really hope I'm wrong too, or that he wisens up and makes the right promotional decisions. Look how Andrade turned out because of…

Comment by Bigchip on 06-27-2020

You people have been falling for this sucker’s bs for years and I hope you finally see through this clown. I wish he would move on to the band he’s trying to start and leave boxing alone.

Comment by BM dnobagaV on 06-27-2020

I'd like a fight between him and a young gun like Ennis or whoever else

Comment by Phill lynott on 06-27-2020

Of course. Don't worry Thurman. If he is looking for a big fight I can't imagine anyone wanting to avoid him.

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