ON Saturday night, Keith Thurman dug deep to earn a close decision against Shawn Porter to retain his WBA world welterweight title.

The win confirmed his position as one of the division’s leaders, though with the spectres of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao still haunting the 147lb class, the top operators are still struggling for supremacy.

After a bout of backward and sideward steps, Thurman has finally laid down the gauntlet to his peers with a defining win. Now, he has myriad options – though we are not considering Mayweather or Pacquiao at this stage, as they remain retired. Click below to read our top five next opponents for Thurman.

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