One of the best possible welterweight matchups lives again.
After a car accident scuttled their planned March showdown, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter are once again set to do battle, squaring off on June 11th at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Said fight will be live and free on CBS, co-helmed by a featherweight clash between Abner Mares and WBA champion Jesus Cuellar.
Thurman (26-0, 22 KO) last fought in July, breaking a two-fight decision streak with an odd cut stoppage of Luis Collazo. "One Time" has been a WBA champion of one sort or another for his last five fights. Porter (26-1-1, 16 KO, meanwhile, has battered Erick Bone and Adrien Broner since losing his IBF belt to Kell Brook in 2014. His swarming style and Thurman's raw power should make for a quality scrap.
Cuellar (26-0, 21 KO) has also been an interim/normal WBA champion for his last five fights, including knockouts of Juanma Lopez and Vic Darchinyan. He took a decision over Jonathan Oquendo last December, the ninth consecutive opponent he's either dropped or stopped. He's got quite a bit more momentum at the moment than Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO), who lost to Leo Santa Cruz in his last bout. Mares was part of the original Thurman-Porter card, booked to face Fernando Montiel. I like this matchup better.
It's a very solid card, especially for free TV. If they add any other interesting things to it, we'll let you know.