In boxing, rarely does an event live up to the hype. Promoters have done a great job at making the public want to see a fight and then being let down because the fight was a disappointment. Thankfully, last Saturday’s match-up between Keith “One Time” Thurman and “Showtime” Shawn Porter did not fall in that category.
These two young welterweights gave us an unforgettable fight. The fight didn’t look like it would last too long because Thurman was catching Porter with some crisp left hooks early. Even though his knees buckled a couple of times, Porter showed that he had a champion’s chin and never went down. He kept coming at Thurman for twelve rounds. Porter occasionally got him on the ropes and bullied him. He even hurt Thurman with a good body shot that had “One Time” retreating. The fight was so close that after it was announced that Thurman had won a unanimous decision the crowd booed believing that Porter’s aggression was enough to win the fight.
In this bout that were no losers. Both men accounted themselves well. They left such a good taste in the fan’s mouth that days after it was over, people are still talking about it. Presently in the boxing world, we have to shell out $50 or more in order to catch a fight that features two big names and then hope that it is a good enough to justify the money that was spent on it. Saturday’s fight was free, it wasn’t even on a premium channel. It was on CBS and they gave us more than we would have seen in a pay per view main event, especially for a fight that had been building up since late last year. Boxing used to be one of the most beloved sports. It was the norm to put the best fighters in a duel with one another but because of greed it has become a rare occurrence to see great match-ups. Often when they finally fight each other both fighters are usually well past their primes. Boxing needed a lift. Thurman and Porter provided that. Let’s hope that the momentum of this fight can carry on from here and get boxing back where it needs to be.
By Shawn Buck (@buck4peace)