Undefeated IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter is in a similar position to Keith Thurman. He's going to need a lot of things to line up just right for him in the next couple of years if he's going to have a chance to take over for Floyd Mayweather.
But, like Thurman, Porter is in a spot where he can make those things happen.
He's actually ahead of Thurman right now. His title-winning victory over Devon Alexander last December was a coming-out party. Alexander is a talented two-division champion in his own right, but Porter's victory was decisive.
Porter looked even better in April, when he defended against cagey veteran Paulie Malignaggi. I wasn't surprised to see Porter win. I was a bit surprised to see him blow through "The Magic Man" in four rounds.
Malignaggi has never been a world-beater, but he's a tough and talented boxer known for having a good chin. Nobody's ever walked through him like Porter did.
Next up for Porter is a title defense against unbeaten Brit Kell Brook. I expect Porter to roll once more. In the next couple of years, he should have the chance to win the fights that can elevate him to the very top of the sport.