Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter Fight Reportedly Set: Latest Details and Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2015

TAMPA, FL - JULY 11:  Keith Thurman (L) exchanges blows with Luis Collazo during their WBA Welterweight fight on July 11, 2015 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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WBA welterweight champion Keith "One Time" Thurman will reportedly defend his title against fellow American Shawn Porter on December 12.

ESPN's Dan Rafael all but confirmed the long-rumoured clash on Wednesday:

Both fighters boast great power in their punches, and a potential matchup between the pair is an exciting prospect for boxing fans.

Should it be confirmed, it is a difficult clash to call.

The 26-year-old Thurman won the interim WBA welterweight title against Diego Chaves in 2013.

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Per Dan Ambrose of Boxing News 24, One Time was elevated to become the WBA's "regular" world titleholder earlier this year ahead of successful defences against Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo—although he remains below the WBA's "super" champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

A clash with Porter presents the undefeated Thurman (26-0) with a genuine challenge for his title. 

"Showtime" Porter (26-1-1) has lost just once in his professional career—to Britain's Kell Brook in 2014—and is a previous IBF titleholder.

Since his defeat to Brook, the 27-year-old has knocked out Ecuador's Erick Bone and won a unanimous decision against former WBA welterweight titleholder Adrien Broner at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Both Porter and Thurman are genuine candidates to fill the gap in the welterweight division left by the recently retired Mayweather.

Although neither can likely hope to dominate the division in the same way Money has over the last decade, they are both talented fighters.

Whichever boxer comes out on top in December 12's prospective fight would massively boost his reputation and make him the man to beat at 147 pounds. 

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