Thurman outpoints Porter to defend WBA welterweight belt

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 26, 2016 11:43 AM
Thurman outpoints Porter to defend WBA welterweight belt
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, Keith Thurman poses on a scale during a weigh-in, in Las Vegas. Thurman defeated Shawn Porter to defend his WBA welterweight title. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer


NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Thurman defended his WBA welterweight title Saturday night with a 12-round unanimous decision over Shawn Porter in a fierce bout.

In a fight chock full of action from the outset, both fighters landed precise combinations and also missed wildly. Each was coming off lengthy layoffs, and their eagerness to show their skills made for an entertaining bout that was the first in prime time on CBS since 1978.

That gap shouldn't be nearly as long after this one, in which Thurman won on all three cards 115-113. The AP also scored the fight 115-113 for Thurman.

Many in the crowd of 12,718 at Barclay's Center booed the decision, and the fight was close throughout. But Thurman (27-0, 22 knockouts) landed the more powerful punches.

Both exhausted men had welts by their eyes at the end, and they each held up their arms in triumph at the final bell. But Porter (26-2-1) came up just short.

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