Garcia vs Porter: 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 will join Saturday’s Showtime countdown as a 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.
Premier Boxing Champions Names Barclays Center Official East Coast Venue
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), the world-renowned boxing series created for television, has named Barclays Center as the official East Coast home of the PBC.
Barclays Center will host PBC’s biggest and best fights, with the first fight as part of the alliance slated for December, details of which will be announced in the coming months. BROOKLYN BOXING, and its digital home at brooklynboxingshop.com, will also activate at all PBC events nationwide with ring mat branding.
Through the alliance, BROOKLYN BOXING, Barclays Center’s boxing franchise, will receive unprecedented promotion and exposure to boxing fans around the globe through PBC television outlets FOX, FS1, and Showtime, further cementing Barclays Center as the leading boxing venue in North America.
PBC, a live boxing series created by Haymon Sports, LLC, showcases boxing’s best and brightest stars with a roster that includes a collection of world champions from bantamweight to heavyweight.
Barclays Center has hosted 15 PBC events, which is more than any other venue worldwide. Notable moments include welterweight Keith Thurman’s victories over Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter, and this year’s contender for fight of the year in heavyweight Deontay Wilder’s March 4 victory over Luis Ortiz.
“Barclays Center is proud to be the official East Coast home of the PBC,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global. “As our commitment to the sport expands, boxing has truly become another anchor franchise at the venue. In fact, today’s announcement guarantees a minimum of eight fights annually at Barclays Center, bringing many more unforgettable moments to our ring.”
“Premier Boxing Champions is excited to call Barclays Center its official East Coast home,’’ said Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for Haymon Sports. “Barclays Center has become synonymous with superb boxing events and PBC is thrilled to continue its relationship with the arena and add to that growing legacy.’’
In 2012, Barclays Center brought professional championship boxing back to Brooklyn for the first time since 1931. Under its BROOKLYN BOXING™ programming franchise, the venue has hosted 29 professional boxing events with more than 250 bouts and 55 Title fights. Its 30th major boxing card will be held on September 8, which will feature Garcia and Porter contending for the vacant WBC World Welterweight title. Barclays Center will continue to work with boxing providers across the sport to bring the best fights to the borough.
“It feels great to headline the 30th fight night at Barclays Center after also opening the building,” said Garcia. “Barclays Center is the best thing to happen to boxing in a long time. It’s a blessing to fight somewhere with that kind of atmosphere. It could have been anybody but they’ve given me the opportunity.”
“I have never performed in front of any better crowd than the fans at Barclays Center. For this to be my fifth fight there, and their 30th fight in the building, it makes it even more special, on top of it being for a championship title,” said Porter. “I feel at home in Brooklyn and always feel respected and appreciated for what I have accomplished. I know that when I go to Barclays Center, there will be people rooting for me and I am looking forward to a good show.”
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