Thursday, June 23, 2016

Keith Thurman V Shawn Porter: Preview & Prediction


 By Stephen Donatelli for 'The Boxing Glove.'

I've been salivating to see this WBA World Welterweight Championship fight for awhile, now that former Welterweight Kingpin Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Jr. is retired, this fight could possibly put the winner at the very top, right with undefeated 'IBF Welterweight Champion' Kell Brook (36-0, 25 Kos.) Brook already won a pretty close majority decision victory over 'Showtime' Shawn Porter. Since then, Porter regained that necessary confidence by defeating Erick Bone (KO 5) and a surprising dominant victory over the typically cocky Adrien 'The Problem' Broner. On the other hand, in his last two bouts Keith 'One Time' Thurman, a dangerous power puncher, had to go the distance with the crafty, ex-champion, Robert 'The Ghost Guerrero. The exuberant punching-power of 'One Time' led to a unanimous decision in a rather one-sided bout. Then, Thurman had to settle for a 7th round TKO, due to an injury near the eye of sturdy veteran slugger, Luis Collazo, which blocked his vision. Thurman was declared the winner via TKO (69-64, 68-65, and 69-64.)

This fight has so many variables that can play out, but I'm confident that Thurman will be the aggressor because, if he has to fight off his back foot all night, he will tire himself out. 'Showtime' Shawn Porter is a very determined fighter that gets a lot of his immense toughness from his history of being a darn good wrestler and football player. If this fight turns into a phone-booth war, there's hardly any doubt in my mind that, Porter will be able to feint and slip his way past the slight one-inch reach disadvantage.

The bottom line for me is that 'Pressure Burst Pipes.' I like Porter if he sticks to what his Dad Kenny says. I noticed when Keith Thurman fought his best opposition, he wasn't good backing up. I honestly think as long as Porter avoids the big shot from 'One Time', that he wins. It should be a very exciting and fan-friendly fight. Both fighters are come-forward type fighters and they swing for the fences when they throw. I see the fight being very hotly contested throughout and nobody dominating. I can see a knockdown or two, but I really tilt toward a decision. The fight will be even going into the championship rounds, and that's where Porter will take over, if he does not lose his concentration, like his did against Broner in round 12, and got sat on the canvas. Let's get ready, because we've been waiting, just like these two Welterweight Warriors have, and as of right now the 147-pound Throne is open! 


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*Stephen  Donatelli is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and contributes to www.theboxingglove.com. If you would like to contact him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steved2012?fref=nf

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