Questionable punch statistics showed Shawn Porter landing 236 out of 460 total punches; Thurman had landed 235 out of 405.
In regards to punches landed, it is beyond dispute that Thurman landed the cleaner punches. (I refrain from saying “more effective” because that usually connotes the residual damage done to an opponent.) When Thurman's punches landed, it was obviously that they did – there was no attempted parry by Porter, his head bopped any which way, he froze, his knees buckled, and so on. On the other hand, much of Porter's output was partially blocked by Thurman as he used a tight high-guard against the ropes. Therefore, when viewed in real time, Porter can only be assumed to have won rounds convincingly when the difference in punch output is dramatic. For me, it is not debatable that Porter won rounds two and nine on activity alone, but only because there was not much return from Thurman.
If we take an intuitive look at the punch statistics we find that Shawn Porter's total punch output of 460 amounts to 38 punches per round while Thurman threw 34 per round. That four-punch difference is not tremendous and is thinned out even more if you consider that Thurman's output was not competitive in rounds two and nine. Therefore, discarding those two rounds, the difference in total punches per round is less than four.
In any case, it was amazing that Porter never got knocked down, for Thurman landed everything besides an uppercut. Showtime analyst Paul Malignaggi frequently alluded to Thurman's use of the left hook as a counter to Porter's jab. Thurman did not land the left hook with any consistency because he was typically late as a result of loading up in order to land with full power.
I reiterate what I said in the preview: I cannot give Shawn Porter the edge over any elite welterweight because his punch output does not look like clean punching. This could be evened out if he showed a better defense, but he leaves himself wide open to clean counters.
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