Porter: Thurman Needs To Step Up - Stop Babying His Elbow!

Shawn Porter wants WBC, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) to stop stalling and fight him or someone else of relevance at 147-pounds.

Thurman won a tough twelve round unanimous decision over Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) in June of 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Since that loss, Porter has been able to battle his way back to a mandatory position to Thurman's WBC title - with victories over Andre Berto and Adrian Granados.

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Last Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Porter and Thurman had a confrontation where they traded verbal jabs before being separated.

Later that night, Porter traded words with Danny Garcia - who a moment earlier had knocked out Brandon Rios.

Thurman is scheduled to return on May 19th at Barclays, and already stated that there is no way that he's going fight Porter on that date. He plans to make a voluntary defense against someone within the top 15 - but likely not in the top 10.

Thurman has been out of the ring since March of 2017, when he won a twelve round split decision over Danny Garcia to unify the WBC, WBA belts. He then had surgery on his elbow and remained out of the ring for rest of the year.

Porter wants Thurman to stop making excuses regarding the injury and fight someone of real worth.

"I think Keith Thurman needs to stop babying his shoulder and his elbow and step up to the plate and answer the bell. It's time for him to answer the bell to me, I'm the mandatory to fight him. And Errol Spence is out there to fight him, and he's also got a mandatory from the WBA. I think he's doing the best he can to hold onto to those belts without doing what he should be doing - and that's fighting," Porter told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

"Errol Spence is a goal, but not an immediate goal. The goals for me right now is Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman. After I take care of those goals, I will look to seek and destroy those other goals."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lion33lit on 02-24-2018

Porters telling Thurman to fight Spence, instead of calling him out for himself??! Didnt the head butt king already sympathize with Thurman concerning the elbow situation?? Now Thurman is supposedly babying the elbow?? Porters more confusing than a mountain goat…

Comment by markther on 02-23-2018

Spence has already won those fights against Thurman, Porter, and Garcia if they ever happen because all 3 of them don’t sound very confident in beating him. The greatest fighters of all time have supreme confidence, mental strength, and an…

Comment by Ace R. on 02-23-2018

The blatant ducking of Errol is disgusting. Don't nobody want them Errol Spence pralems lmao Every welter out there: "That's a future fight broh" SMH

Comment by gdub27 on 02-23-2018

These dudes are making a mistake avoiding Spence. The longer they wait, the better he's going to get. Spence is improving with each fight. Thurman and Garcia are who they are at this point, and I will say Porter is…

Comment by BufordTannen on 02-23-2018

porter needs to step up and fight spence, idk how anyone can take this dude seriously at this point

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