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Thurman outpoints Porter to defend WBA welterweight belt

The last time CBS telecast a fight in prime time, Muhammad Ali was in the ring — 38 years ago.

Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter did their best to ensure the wait won't be anywhere near so long for the next such boxing telecast.

Thurman defended his WBA welterweight title Saturday night with a 12-round unanimous decision over Porter. The bout was fierce and packed with action from the beginning until the final bell.

Both fighters landed precise combinations and also missed wildly. Each was coming off lengthy layoffs, and their eagerness to show their skills made for an entertaining evening. Indeed, some observers were calling it the fight of the year, and the...