Keith Thurman wins a close decision over Shawn Porter

Keith Thurman wins a close decision over Shawn Porter

By Hector Franco


Tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Keith Thurman won a close unanimous decision over Shawn Porter. The scorecards were 115-113 from all three judges. 

Porter started the fight by throwing a jab to get on the inside.  Porter dominated the second round by keeping Thurman on the ropes and out working him. Thurman came back in the fourth and landed some great counter left hooks on Porter. The Ohio native stopped using his jab to get inside and was paying for it.  In the fifth round, Thurman began pushing Porter back. Porter was now looking for one big punch to land while Thurman was happy to land the cleaner punches in all the exchanges.  

Porter picked up the pace in the sixth. He began to land more body punches on the inside while picking up his volume. There was a role reversal in the seventh round as Thurman was the one coming forward. Porter, however, was able to land body punches while landing the harder punches in exchanges. The eighth round was one of the closest rounds of the bout as Porter landed a hard punch to the body. In the second half of the round, Thurman landed his own left hook that seemed to hurt Porter. The ninth was one of Porters biggest rounds as Thurman was on the ropes for most of the round. A cut was formed on Thurman’s left eye from a Porter right hand. 

Thurman’s movement and power punching highlighted the championship rounds. The tenth round was a close round, but it could be argued that Thurman swept the last three rounds. 

“I was able to rock him more than once with clean effective blows. I would give him a rematch. It was a great fight. I had a great defense, he had a great offense.” – Keith Thurman
“We worked hard. He’s a great champion. My dad said to keep my head up. He ran a little bit, but he did what he had to do. If he gives me another chance. I’m going to go back and work hard. We’ll come home with the WBA title.” – Shawn Porter

On the undercard, two undefeated prospects met at 154 pounds. Maryland’s Jarrett Hurd (17-0, 12 knockouts) took on Oscar Molina (13-1-1). Hurd had never been passed seven rounds before the fight but was pushed to go most of the ten rounds.  Hurd put on a beautiful display of inside fighting throughout the bout. He scored a knockdown in the first with a right uppercut to set the tone for the rest of the fight. Molina was game, all night, but was unable to do enough to win many rounds. After a barrage by Hurd in the tenth round the referee decided that Molina had taken enough punishment and stopped the fight. Molina had earned the right to continue, as he wasn’t visibly hurt at the moment of the stoppage. Regardless, of the referee’s decision to stop the bout prematurely, Hurd was impressive in the bout and showed he could be a future player at 154. The bout was stopped at the 2:02 mark of the tenth round. 

(Featured Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

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