For once, a great fight delivers action as advertised. On June 25, 2016, an estimated 3.1 million viewers tuned into CBS in prime time to watch Florida’s Keith Thurman Jr take a narrow 12 round decision victory over a determined “Showtime” Shawn Porter of Akron, Ohio.
Labels of “instant classic”, “2016 Fight of the Year” and “robbery” are being hurled around to describe “One Time” Thurman’s close unanimous decision win. All three judges scored the fight 115-113.
The CBS network is issuing an immediate rebroadcast of Saturday night’s Welterweight title fight.
What did you think of the fight and can you see an immediate rematch taking place?
— with Keith “One Time” Thurman, Keith Thurman Jr and Shawn Porter.
People say that boxing is the sport of ultimate sacrifice. On June 25, two of boxings brightest young stars put aside a long standing friendship for the chance to be recognized as top dog in the sports deepest division. The winner of the highly anticipated fight between Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 ko’s) and Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 ko’s) will likely gain national prestige and a consistent stream of seven figure paydays. The loser heads to the back of a line that consists of killers such as Danny “Swift” Garcia, Timothy Bradley, Errol Spence, Jesse Vargas and Andre Berto to name a few. High stakes boxing at its finest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Thurman’s WBA portion of the Welterweight crown on the line.
The CBS network will broadcast this Premier Boxing Champions special event live in prime time. This will mark to first time CBS airs boxing in prime time since 1978 when Leon Spinks won the Heavyweight title from Muhammed Ali in a massive upset.
Many boxing fans and insiders are calling this contest the best bout of a stacked summer lineup. If the media suggestions are sincere, the love build between the two pals who often trained together in their amateur days is out the window. Both fighters are talking like they want to knock the others head off to secure their spot in the sports upper echelon. If all goes according to the script, we could be in for a classic.
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