Keith Thurman beat Shawn Porter by UD in round 12 of 12
- Date: 2016-06-25
- Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
- Judge: Steve Weisfeld 115-113
- Referee: Steve Willis
- Judge: Waleska Roldan 115-113
- Judge: Eric Marlinski 115-113
World Boxing Association World Welterweight Championship
In a candidate for "Fight of the Year, Porter took the fight to Thurman and appeared to win at least the majority of the first nine rounds. Thurman appeared to clearly win the last three. However many rounds were close. The enthusiastic capacity crowd cheered for both competitors after every blow which landed. Porter opened the bout with rapid foot movement, and came forward with pressure, not letting Thurman get set for his punches. The pace had slowed by the midpoint of the bout. Thurman's defense was relatively tight, and Porter did not move as much nor land as much over the last few rounds.
The crowd booed the decision, but many rounds were close and seemed difficult to score. All three judges consistently had the bout 115-113 for Keith Thurman. However, many of those in attendance thought Shawn Porter won. Controversial decision.
Clean bout, no knockdowns. Thurman pushed Porter to the canvas once during the contest, ruled no knockdown.
At the post fight press conference, Thurman called out WBC World Welterweight champion Danny Garcia for a unification fight.
First prime time boxing tel CBS appeared to be the big winner, with the two televised bouts going 22 toe-to-toe rounds.
Barclays grossed over 1.1 million dollars in ticket sales, the highest gate in the history of Barclays Center to this point.
Second highest attendance in the history of Barclays Center, with over twelve thousand paying customers in attendance.
An moment of silence was observed for noted Staten Island boxing writer Jack Obermeyer, who died the morning of the bout at age 72 after covering boxing for over 50 years for Ring Magazine and other publications. Since 1965, Obermeyer covered 3914 boxing cards in over 400 cities in 49 states. A televised moment of silence was also observed for the late Muhammad Ali.