Friendly Enemies Thurman and Porter Rumble in Brooklyn … and it’s on Free TV!

Friendly Enemies – Most fights in Brooklyn take place in back alleys in front of small crowds. The fights are usually short and mean and involve things like baseball bats, knives, broken beer bottles, tire irons, booze and cops.

No one really comes out a winner in these fights. The participants just end up doing jail time after quick visits to the emergency room for stitches, bone settings and a sobriety test.

As far as getting paid, well, barroom brawlers always get stiffed because of a lack of paying spectators. Everything is free when it comes to fighting in the streets. They draw curious crowds, but no one needs a ticket and no one keeps time. There are no rounds, just ugly endings. It’s not a career, it’s a felony.

So when a legitimate fight comes along, the good people of Brooklyn line up to buy tickets. They pick sides, talk trash, call their bookies and they’re pretty sure they won’t have to watch the fight standing next to a garbage can in a dark alley.

When that same legitimate fight could be one of the best fights of the year, you better buy your ticket early or stake out your spot in front of the TV before anyone else grabs it. Because this fight is on regular TV.

Thanks, CBS. Where have you been all these years?

What makes this fight special is that it’s between two of the top welterweights in the world at a time when the division is loaded with talent.  World champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) of Clearwater, Florida faces former welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (26-1, 16 KO’s) out of Akron, Ohio. Fight time is June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“Barclays Center makes this a big fight,” said Thurman. “We get to promote in New York City. New York is a fight town. My favorite fighter of all time – Mike Tyson – is from Brooklyn. This just happened to work out for the best.”

One guy from Florida and one from Ohio fighting for a world title in Brooklyn on regular, no-hidden fees on TV? Who said the fight game is dead?

As for the fight itself, you’ve got to tip your hat to Thurman, arguably the best welterweight in the world following the (wink, wink) retirements of  Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

“We’re going for the knockout,” Thurman said at a press conference at his gym in St. Petersburg. “We’ve stated it before. I have no problem saying it again. My hands are itching for a knockout.”

If you’re looking for a little more drama to the fight, how’s this: Thurman and Porter are close friends.

“June 25, my friend is about to become my enemy,” Thurman said. “I’m going to treat him like any other enemy. I love you Shawn, but I’m going to do my best to put you to sleep.”

Ah, friendship.

Thurman was asked why he hadn’t dared the 39-year-old, undefeated (49-0) Mayweather to come out of retirement.

“It’s hard to keep barking up a tree when you know you’re not going to get any action,” he said. “The old man’s old. Let him retire. I’m cool with it. He’s got his own legacy. Let me try to create mine.”

Is there a better place to start than Brooklyn?

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-brownsugar :

Give me Thurman, I know Porter is considered to be the energizer bunny, but Thurman has better movement, better leverage, and more than enough body strength to contend with the young jolly contenders grappling tactics.


-brownsugar :

Wow what a FOY candidate performance by both fighters, both of these guys went into warrior Berserker mode. Thurman kept it more technical but was too hell-bent on getting a stoppage to capitalize. We need more of these fights. But don't call either fighter the hier of Mayweathers mantle,. ...both are as good as two "normal" human beings can be,. ...too reach Floyd's level you have to be "gifted". Spence will beat them both, the title will be changing hands relatively soon.


-the Roast :

That was the fight of the year to this point, Thurman deserved to win in my book. Very exciting bout, both fighters gave everything they had. My prediction that I made to no one just in my head was Thurman KO 8. I figured Porter would run into something and fall facefirst to the deck. Porter did run into several shots but to my surprise he took them and fired back at every turn. Tremendous war tonight, I'd love to see a rematch. Big ups to both fighters.


-brownsugar :

That was the fight of the year to this point, Thurman deserved to win in my book. Very exciting bout, both fighters gave everything they had. My prediction that I made to no one just in my head was Thurman KO 8. I figured Porter would run into something and fall facefirst to the deck. Porter did run into several shots but to my surprise he took them and fired back at every turn. Tremendous war tonight, I'd love to see a rematch. Big ups to both fighters.
Agreed Roast, I thought the announcer got it right when he said Porter kept moving forward like an extra from the walking dead, he was shook often but never once thought about surrender,...both of those guys should a high pain tolerance, and a high level of determination as neither fighter gave up trying to win....good to hear from you Roast, you should post more often.


-the Roast :

Agreed Roast, I thought the announcer got it right when he said Porter kept moving forward like an extra from the walking dead, he was shook often but never once thought about surrender,...both of those guys should a high pain tolerance, and a high level of determination as neither fighter gave up trying to win....good to hear from you Roast, you should post more often.
Thanks Sug, keeping it tWD I do lurk around here like a walker pushing up against the prison fence before the Governor blew that S up. I'm glad you RG Deep and Dino keep TSS rolling despite the changes that go down. If we get more fights like tonight you will see the Roast back running his mouth as in years past.


-Radam G :

Thanks Sug, keeping it tWD I do lurk around here like a walker pushing up against the prison fence before the Governor blew that S up. I'm glad you RG Deep and Dino keep TSS rolling despite the changes that go down. If we get more fights like tonight you will see the Roast back running his mouth as in years past.
I hope that you got your rhymes tight. I'm considering starting a rhyming scrap in memory of Pops Butterfly on this site. So with your Chiraq best get ready to fight. And don't come light. Because Imma judge like the float of a butterfly and the sting of a bee. But I know you suckas won't be as good as the late, great GOAT Ali. Get ready to make a dolla. Holla!


-Skibbz :

quite a few people said this was a robbery? haven't caught it yet.. was it the case?


-Radam G :

quite a few people said this was a robbery? haven't caught it yet.. was it the case?
It could have gone either way. I would have given it to Porter on ring generalship and aggression. However, the game is evolving so much that styling and profiling and picture taking are more important nowadays on the U.S. mainland than substance. Rough-tough sluggers go into dat squared jungle two or three rounds behind. Holla!


-Skibbz :

It could have gone either way. I would have given it to Porter on ring generalship and aggression. However, the game is evolving so much that styling and profiling and picture taking are more important nowadays on the U.S. mainland than substance. Rough-tough sluggers go into dat squared jungle two or three rounds behind. Holla!
Yup I have seen that a lot too. I think also trainers don't teach the techniques and style for sluggers to really see rewards as they used to. Porter generally seems as if he pressures forward trying to use speed and sheer ferocity/will to land a punch. Whilst against less well schooled boxers that can burst pipes the higher you go towards the cream you have to start using the brainbox.. Kell outsmarted him. Broner could not. Have not seen this fight yet so will refrain from commenting but I imagine he tried to outsmart him but succumbed to meeting fire with fire.


-amayseng :

Yup I have seen that a lot too. I think also trainers don't teach the techniques and style for sluggers to really see rewards as they used to. Porter generally seems as if he pressures forward trying to use speed and sheer ferocity/will to land a punch. Whilst against less well schooled boxers that can burst pipes the higher you go towards the cream you have to start using the brainbox.. Kell outsmarted him. Broner could not. Have not seen this fight yet so will refrain from commenting but I imagine he tried to outsmart him but succumbed to meeting fire with fire.
I think Porter was a highly polished berserker in this fight where a lot of times I am frustrated he is smothering himself to death, in this fight he was able to shoot and land punches before that happened. I am with RG, I would have given it to Porter though it was very, very close. The sad thing is that the announcers are paid off and ignore giving so much credit to Porter it is just so blatant and takes the authenticity away from the sport, feels scripted. Sad.


-King Beef :

Good action fight; big ups to both guys for not waiting around for a "lottery ticket" fight and finally getting the ball rolling to see who is now the man at 147. It was a close fight but Porter still smothered to much of his work when he did get Thurman against the ropes, I think Keith's cleaner shots got him the nod. Gotta give it to Porter though, he took a few bombs that would have sat anyone else on their @$$; I still think he needs a little more refinement on his technique.


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