After Keith Thurman reportedly suffered whiplash in a car accident which forced a postponement in his long awaited fight with Shawn Porter, organizers attempted to salvage the rest of the card featuring Abner Mares, Gary Russell Jr., and Edwin Rodriguez by moving the television coverage from CBS to Showtime. Their efforts didn't pan out though, as a scheduling conflict on Showtime kept the move from taking place and the entire card was canceled yesterday.
"People get injured and it's unfortunate, but we tried to make it work," [Lou] DiBella told ESPN. "There were three other good fights on the show but what happened took everyone by surprise. Showtime made an effort, but they just couldn't work it out. I feel especially bad for the Mohegan Sun. It has one of the great arenas in the country, and it's very unusual for them to have a dark Saturday night, but this is circumstance beyond anyone's control."
DiBella says that Abner Mares vs. Fernando Montiel will be rescheduled to go along with Thurman-Porter when that fight gets a new date. The other two fights, Gary Russell Jr vs. Patrick Hyland and Edwin Rodriguez vs. Thomas Williams, are in the process of being rescheduled separately.
Thurman is said to be suffering from lingering soreness and stiffness in his neck and shoulder after he was struck hard by his deployed airbags, and had to postpone the fight upon his doctor's recommendation.
All tickets to the event will be refunded at the point of purchase.