The now long-awaited fight between top welterweight contenders Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter is back on, as Showtime announced today that the fight has been rescheduled for June 25, and will still be billed as "Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS presented by PBC," meaning, obviously, that it will air on CBS, as was originally planned.
The Thurman-Porter fight was originally targeted for last December, then was postponed until January. Finally, the fight actually got signed and set up for March 12, before Thurman (26-0, 22 KO) had to pull out due to injuries suffered in a car accident. Thurman has now been cleared to resume training, and the fight with Porter (26-1-1, 16 KO) is back on.
Thurman will defend the WBA welterweight belt in the fight.
The co-feature on June 25 will see WBA "world" featherweight titleholder Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO) take on former three-division titlist Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO). Mares was originally set to return on the Thurman-Porter card against Fernando Montiel. This is a bigger fight and a bigger opportunity for Mares, and a nice matchup for both he and Cuellar.
A venue and location has not yet been announced for the card. The March 12 card was set to take place at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.