Premier Boxing Champions is set to unleash its first superfight of the year, as the promoter on Saturday announced that Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter will square off March 12 at Mohegan Sun Casino Resort in Uncasville, Conn.
CBS will televise the welterweight championship bout starting at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) has quickly ascended the ranks and is perched on many experts’ top 10 pound-for-pound lists. “One Time” will defend his WBA 147-pound title, a belt he won by edging out Robert Guerrero across 12 rounds last March in Las Vegas. The Clearwater, Fla., native defended his crown in July by stopping Luis Collazo after seven rounds.
“Last year was an amazing year for me: I headlined the very first Premier Boxing Champions show and was named PBC Fighter of the Year,” Thurman stated in a release. “But this is my year to dominate the welterweight division and I’m excited to be getting ready to take out Shawn Porter. I am ready to get back in the ring and bring boxing fans what they’ve been looking for – the top true welterweight champion of the world, the one who is going to take out all competitors one by one.”
Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) will present Thurman’s biggest test thus far, as the former IBF welterweight king has faced a brigade of upper echelon opponents. “Showtime” captured his lone world title by outpointing Devon Alexander over 12 rounds in December 2013. He lost the belt to unbeaten Kell Brock after defending it by trouncing former world champ Paulie Malignaggi. The Vegas resident most recently trumped Adrien Broner via decision last June.
“I'm very confident in my ability. That's why I've been looking forward to this fight because I'm someone who can beat Keith Thurman,” Porter said. “Nothing about Keith really makes me nervous. I do know that he's going to be ready for this fight. He's a fighter that has the heart of a lion just like I do. I expect this to be a fight to the finish. A win over Keith Thurman is what we've been waiting for.”
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