The eagerly anticipated showdown between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter will have to wait a bit longer. Thurman, who was set to face Porter on a March 12 show on CBS, has been injured in a car accident, and will have to postpone the fight.
The injuries are "not considered serious," according to the press release from Showtime and DiBella Entertainment, and promoter Lou DiBella expects the fight will be rescheduled soon.
"While it's unfortunate that we must temporarily postpone this marquee matchup, a main event of the magnitude of Thurman vs. Porter requires both fighters be healthy and at their best." said DiBella. "Keith is anxious to resume training as soon he is able and both he and Shawn are looking forward to a new fight date."
Thurman (26-0, 22 KO) will defend the WBA welterweight title whenever he does face Porter (26-1-1, 16 KO). The fight has already been delayed repeatedly, as it was first being looked at for December 2015, then January, and eventually settled on the March date.
Promoters and the venue are looking at the possibility of keeping the remainder of the card -- which features Abner Mares vs Fernando Montiel, Gary Russell Jr vs Patrick Hyland, and Edwin Rodriguez vs Thomas Williams Jr -- on course and moving the television coverage to Showtime.