Carbohydrate sensing in an aqueous solution remains a very challenging area of interest. Using the idea of covalent reversible interaction between boronic acids and the diol groups in carbohydrates enable us to design a carbohydrate sensor 1-thianthrenylboronic acid (1T), which has high selectivity towards fructose. To elucidate the sensing and binding properties of 1T with sugars, we have incorporated theoretical (DFT and TD-DFT) and spectroscopic techniques. For an optimized geometry, the complete vibrational assignments were done with FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra. Physiochemical parameters were obtained by implementing frontier molecular orbital (FMO) analysis. Further, excited state properties were determined by performing TD-DFT calculations in solvent and these properties were in good agreement with the experiment. The steady state fluorescence measurements with varying concentration of sugars, revealed that the fluorescence intensity of boronic acid is enhanced by studied sugars due to the structural modification. We also noticed remarkable changes in fluorescence lifetimes and quantum yield after adding sugars. The article also reports influence of pH on boronic acid’s fluorescence intensity with and without sugars. The fluorescence of boronic acid increases with the increase in pH. These changes are due to acid–base equilibrium of boronic acid and led us to estimate the pKa value of 7.6. All the theoretical and experimental evidences suggested that 1T can be used as a possible fluorescent sensor for fructose. In addition, 1T showed very good affinity for Cu2+ ion with Ka = 150 × 102 M−1, which suggests that 1T can also be used as a chemosensor for Cu2+ ions.