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Keith Thurman injured in car accident; Shawn Porter fight postponed

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Keith Thurman sustained an injury as a result of a car accident that has forced his March 12 welterweight title defense against Shawn Porter to be postponed. The announcement was made today by promoter Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment. This puts an unfortunately delay for the Thurman vs. Porter fight, which has been highly anticipated as one of the key bouts of the early year boxing calendar.

According to his doctors, Thurman’s injuries are not considered serious and he is expected to be cleared to resume training in the coming weeks. Thurman vs. Porter was the main event of a scheduled two-fight card to be broadcast in prime time on CBS. The Thurman vs. Porter fight and the network broadcast will now be rescheduled for a later date.

DiBella Entertainment, Mohegan Sun and Showtime are evaluating the option of continuing with the remainder of the fight card on Saturday, March 12 with a transition of television coverage to Showtime. Complete details on the changes to the television lineup, and the rescheduled date for this fight, are forthcoming.

“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.”