Sugar Ray and Hitman eager to see Thurman-Porter bout

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NEW YORK (AP) When Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns start talking up a fight as if they were in it during their prime, boxing fans listen.

The two champions like what they've seen from Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, who meet Saturday night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for Thurman's WBA welterweight title.

"Both guys are at the top of the welterweight division," Leonard says. "The only thing that's different is that me and Tommy were so well known by sports fans. We were on TV a lot, and that's what built our names and gave people the chance to see us so much.