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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman beats Shawn Porter by unanimous decision

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You could call him “Twenty-seven time,” but it doesn’t quite have the same ring.

Keith Thurman, 27-0, retained his WBA Welterweight Championship Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision over Shawn Porter. The score on the cards of all three judges – and CBS’s unofficial scorekeeper – was 115-113.

The crowd, however, booed the decision, even though Porter continuously forced clinches throughout the fight.

“I want to thank Shawn Porter for a tremendous fight. He’s a great warrior,” said Thurman, 27, who lives in Clearwater. “Shawn brought it today. He was on me. But I knew that defense would be the key to victory. He smothers his punches a lot and it’s very difficult for the judges to give him clear scoring.

“I was able to rock him with clear, effective blows, and I believe that was the key to victory today. He’s in tremendous shape and is a tremendous athlete, and I would love to see him in the ring again if he wanted it.”

Porter said he thought he won the fight. But he said “we need that rematch. I think the fans want that rematch.”

Thurman, nicknamed “One-Time,” never was able to knock Porter down.

“I gave it a throwback in Round 2 and gave him the rope-a-dope, Muhammad Ali style,” Thurman said. “I was just thinking defense, defense, defense. Defense negates his offense. He had a great offense, but I had a great defense today.”

CBS’ ringside punch statistics indicated Thurman landed 203 power shots to Porter’s 177, while Porter had the edge in jabs, 59-32.

 

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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