Undefeated WBA welterweight champion will reportedly find himself standing across former champion Shawn Porter on Dec. 12, ESPN reports. The venue and location have yet to be announced, but the bout will likely take place on Showtime’s network.
Porter looks to make his third title defense since being anointed the champion at 147 pounds in 2014. With an unblemished record through 26 contests, Thurman has defeated the likes of Luis Collazo, Robert Guerrero and Leonard Bundu in his last three outings.
At 26-1-1, Porter’s only defeat comes at the hand of Brook, a 12-round majority decision loss last August. He’ll look to make it three straight when entering the ring this December. Porter will only be six months removed from his most recent victory over Adrien Broner on July 20 — a 12-round unanimous-decision victory at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Thurman is currently ranked as the third-best welterweight contender on Today’s Knockout’s “Boxing Ranks in Review,” sitting behind retired champion Floyd Mayweather, Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao and undefeated Brit Kell Brook. Porter, on the other hand, is ranked fifth on the list, with only Amir Khan standing between Porter and his next opponent.
A matchup between two of the sport’s best, Thurman-Porter follows Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux in October and Miguel Cotto vs. “Saul” Canelo Alvarez in November as the latest big fight to take place in the latter half of 2015.