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Video: Keith Thurman Predicts 12-round Decision Victory For Shawn Porter

Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman sat down for an exclusive video interview with Brendan Schaub for the SHOWTIME Sports digital talk show BELOW THE BELT, sharing his thoughts on tonight’s bout between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter for the WBC welterweight belt that he was forced to vacate. “One Time”, who has previously defeated both of tonight’s headliners, sees the fight as a 50-50 matchup but ultimately believes Porter will prevail via decision.

“It’s a very tough fight. The more I think about it, the more I get confused,” Thurman tells Schaub during the interview that taped Friday in Brooklyn. “Danny only needs one big punch. He’s done it to many fighters in the past but if it goes to a 12-round decision, I do not see Danny winning a 12-round fight because Shawn Porter throw too many punches.”

When Schaub presses for a final prediction, Thurman does not hesitate, saying he sees it as a 12-round decision for Shawn “Showtime” Porter.


Keith Thurman Joins Showtime Championship Boxing Countdown As Guest Analyst

Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman will serve as a guest analyst this Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN, providing insight and analysis during undercard streaming fights in advance of this Saturday’s Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter WBC Welterweight World Championship. Live streaming coverage from Barclays Center begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and features multiple live fights and analysis preceding the evening’s three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

In the featured bout of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN, Amanda Serrano (34-1-1, 26 KOs) will attempt to make women’s boxing history as the five-division world champion faces Yamila Esther Reynoso (11-4-3, 8 KOs) the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight World Title. A win will place Serrano in elite company alongside Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya as boxing’s only six-division world champions.

Thurman will join host Ray Flores and analyst Chris Mannix to call the streaming action Saturday from Brooklyn. The reigning WBA Welterweight Champion, Thurman has previously defeated both of Saturday’s headliners. “One Time” edged Porter in a 2016 Fight of The Year Candidate, and narrowly defeated Garcia in a split-decision win to unify the division in 2017.

Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN will feature multiple bouts in what will be the seventh digital presentation of live fights from SHOWTIME Sports in 2018. For the third straight year, the network continues to deliver industry-leading livestream coverage of boxing free to all U.S. consumers with internet access.

Polish slugger Adam Kownacki and former heavyweight champion Charles Martin will open up Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast with a 10-round heavyweight attraction. In the co-feature, 147-pound contender Yordenis Ugas will battle against Argentinian favorite Cesar Barrionuevo in a welterweight world-title eliminator showdown.

Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter – Boxing Stars Out In Full Force

Coming on the heels of Premier Boxing Champions’ (PBC) groundbreaking deals with both FOX Sports and SHOWTIME Sports, many of the brightest stars in the PBC galaxy will be ringside Saturday night to see one of the biggest fights of the year live and in person as Danny Garcia takes on Shawn Porter in a welterweight world title fight. Expected to be seated ringside at Barclays Center will be several current or former world champions in a variety of weight classes.

“Ringside will be well represented Saturday night with PBC champions,” said Tim Smith, VP of Communications for PBC. “It is great that so many of our fighters will be supporting Danny and Shawn for this tremendous welterweight championship. This is just another reason that Garcia vs. Porter will be one to remember.”

Some of the biggest names, all of whom have fought on SHOWTIME in the past, include the below (in alphabetical order by first name):

– Adrien Broner – (33-3-1, 24 KOs), Former Four-division world champion
– Andre Berto – (32-5, 24 KOs), Former welterweight champion
– Errol Spence Jr. – (24-0, 21 KOs), IBF Welterweight Champion
– Gervonta Davis – (20-0, 19 KOs), WBA Super Featherweight Champion
– Jarrett Hurd – (22-0, 15 KOs), Unified 154-Pound Champion (IBF/WBA)
– Jermall Charlo – (27-0, 21 KOs), Former junior middleweight champion
– Jermell Charlo – (31-0, 15 KOs), WBC Super Welterweight Champion
– Keith Thurman – (28-0, 22 KOs), WBA Welterweight Champion and Former Unified Welterweight Champion

In addition to the pugilists, several celebrities can be expected including star of Black Panther Chadwick Boseman as well as two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields and others.

DANNY “Swift” GARCIA (United States)
Ranked WBC No. 1 at Welterweight
Former WBC Super Lightweight & Welterweight World Champion
World championship fights: 7-1, 2 KOs
Age: 30 / Date of birth: March 20, 1988
Residence, birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Record: 34-1, 20 KOs / Total rounds: 227
Height: 5’8.5” – 174cm / Reach: 68.5” – 174cm / Stance: Right-handed
Advisor: Al Haymon / Trainer: Angel Garcia

“Showtime” SHAWN PORTER (United States)
Ranked WBC No. 2 at Welterweight
World championship fights: 2-2, 1 KO
Age: 30 / Date of birth: October 20, 1987
Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada / Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Record: 28-2-1, 17 KOs / Total rounds: 196
Height: 5’6″ – 167cm / Reach: 69.5″ – 177cm / Stance: Right-handed
Advisor: Al Haymon / Manager, trainer: Ken Porter

WBC WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS

1. Luis Manuel Rodriguez (Cuba) 1963
2. Emile Griffith (Virg. Island) 1963 – 1966
3. Curtis Cokes (US) 1966 – 1969
4. Jose Napoles (Mexico) 1969 – 1970
5. Billy Backus (US) 1970 – 1971
6. Jose Napoles (Mexico) * 1971 – 1975
7. John Stracey (GB) 1975 – 1976
8. Carlos Palomino (Mexico) 1976 – 1979
9. Wilfredo Benitez (P. Rico) 1979
10. Ray Leonard (US) 1979 – 1980
11. Roberto Duran (Panama) 1980
12. Ray Leonard (US) * 1980 – 1983
13. Milton McCrory (US) 1983 – 1985
14. Donald Curry (US) 1985 – 1986
15. Lloyd Honeyghan (Jamaica) 1986 – 1987
16. Jorge Vaca (Mexico) 1987 – 1988
17. Lloyd Honeyghan (Jamaica) * 1988 – 1989
18. Marlon Starling (US) 1989 – 1990
19. Maurice Blocker (US) 1990 – 1991
20. Simon Brown (Jamaica) 1991
21. James McGirt (US) 1991 – 1993
22. Pernell Whitaker (US) 1993 – 1997
23. Oscar de la Hoya (US) 1997 – 1999
24. Felix Trinidad (P. Rico) 1999
25. Oscar de la Hoya (US) * 2000
26. Shane Mosley (US) 2000 – 2002
27. Vernon Forrest (US) 2002 – 2003
28. Ricardo Mayorga (Nicaragua) 2003
29. Cory Spinks (US) 2003 – 2005
30. Zab Judah (US) 2005 – 2006
31. Carlos Baldomir (Argentina) 2006
32. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US) 2006 – 2007
33. Shane Mosley (US) Interim * 2007
34. Andre Berto (US) 2008 – 2011
35. Victor Ortiz (US) 2011
36. Robert Guerrero (US) Interim 2012 – 2013
37. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US) * 2011 – 2015
38. Danny Garcia (US) 2016 – 2017
39. Keith Thurman (US) 2017 – 2018
* Regained

WBC TOP 10 WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONS

1. Sugar Ray Leonard (US)
2. Oscar de la Hoya (Mexico/US)
3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US)
4. Jose Napoles (Mexico/Cuba)
5. Roberto Duran (Panama)
6. Emile Griffith (Virgin Is.)
7. Pernell Whitaker (US)
8. Shane Mosley (US)
9. Carlos Palomino (Mex)
10. John Stracey (GB)

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION IN WBC HISTORY

33 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, of whom only six have regained the title: Jose Napoles (Cuba-Mex), Ray Leonard (US), Lloyd Honeyghan (Jamaica-GB), Oscar de la Hoya (US-Mex), Shane Mosley (US), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US).

131 WBC welterweight world title bouts have been held in the history of the WBC.
101 WBC welterweight world title bouts have taken place in the United States.

MEMORABLE FIGHTS
Mar. 4, 2017 Keith Thurman W12 Danny Garcia – Brooklyn
Jan. 23, 2016 Danny Garcia W12 Robert Guerrero – Los Angeles
May 2, 2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Manny Pacquiao – Las Vegas
May 3, 2014 Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Marcos Maidana – Las Vegas
Jan. 26, 2002 Vernon Forrest W12 Shane Mosley – New York
June 17, 2000 Shane Mosley W12 Oscar de la Hoya – Los Angeles
Feb. 13, 1999 Oscar de la Hoya W12 Ike Quartey – Las Vegas
Oct. 1, 1994 Pernell Whitaker W12 James McGirt – Norfolk
Sep. 10, 1993 Pernell Whitaker D12 Julio Cesar Chavez – San Antonio
Sep. 18, 1989 Felix Trinidad W12 Oscar de la Hoya – Las Vegas
Feb. 4, 1989 Marlon Starling TKO9 Lloyd Honeyghan – Las Vegas
Sep. 27, 1986 Lloyd Honeyghan TKO6 Donald Curry – Atlantic City
Dec. 6, 1985 Donald Curry KO2 Milton McCrory – Las Vegas
Sep. 16, 1981 Sugar Ray Leonard TKO14 Thomas Hearns – Las Vegas
June 20, 1980 Roberto Duran W15 Sugar Ray Leonard – Montréal
June 22, 1976 Carlos Palomino TKO12 John Stracey – London
Dec. 6, 1976 John Stracey TKO6 José Napoles – Mexico City
Apr. 18, 1969 José Napoles TKO13 Curtis Cokes – Inglewood
Nov. 28, 1966 Curtis Cokes W15 Jean Josselin – Dallas
Dec. 8, 1962 Emile Griffith TKO9 Jorge José Fernandez – Las Vegas

WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.