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Shawn Porter: “More Than Errol Spence Jr., Keith Thurman, Terence Crawford Is The Most Versatile Fighter In The World”

Posted on 09/22/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Shawn Porter’s career has been built upon facing the best fighters in the world.

As a young prospect, Porter added the scalps of former champions Paulie Malignaggi and Devon Alexander, the latter resulting in Porter’s first world title reign. The Akron, Ohio native has continued to test himself throughout the years and as a result, he realizes that he’s faced just about everyone in the welterweight division.

Porter’s impetuous nature has now led him to a November 20th, showdown against pound for pound star, and current WBO welterweight titlist, Terence Crawford. Having shared the ring against the likes of Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, and most recently, Errol Spence Jr., Porter is convinced that Crawford’s skill and stature stand above all else.

“It is,” said Porter when asked if Crawford is the most difficult fight of his career during an interview with FightHype.com. “Because more than Errol Spence Jr., more than Keith Thurman, Terence Crawford is the most versatile fighter in the world.”

The versatility that Porter alludes to, has been on full display throughout Crawford’s career. In 2014, after being outboxed early on during his showdown against Yuriokis Gamboa, Crawford opted to move away from his orthodox stance and instead, fought Gamboa during the second half of their contest as a southpaw. The change in fighting style proved to be a good call as Crawford went on to pick up the ninth-round stoppage victory.

In Crawford’s 2019 matchup against Egidijus Kavaliauskas, the multiple division titlist was troubled during the early stages by his Lithuanian counterpart. Crawford then opted to move away from his traditional boxing approach and proceeded to bully Kavaliauskas, knocking him all across the ring until he registered yet another, ninth-round TKO victory.

As Crawford continued to show his multifaceted skills, Porter has taken notice. With the pair now set to swap fists in just over two months at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Porter is making sure that his normal top-notch training camp, is taken to a whole other level.

“The preparation is going to be bar none, better than anyone else that I’ve ever prepared for.”

As Porter continues to put his body through the most grueling training camp that he’s ever endured, he’s steadfast in his belief that it’s a necessary evil in order to pick up the win. In the end, the former two-division champion believes that by the time his showdown against Crawford comes to an end, all who tuned in and ordered the pay-per-view or paid their hard-earned money to attend the fight, will give them a standing ovation for an unbelievable night of boxing.

“You’ll see it all, skill vs. skill, talent vs. talent, heart vs. heart. This is one for the ages.”

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Shawn Porter On Terence Crawford Showdown: “I Have What It Takes To Beat Him, Don’t Sleep”

Posted on 09/18/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Shawn Porter’s resume speaks for itself.

The 33-year-old welterweight contender is highly respected in his weight class and has shared the ring with the best of them. Yet, despite wrapping gold around his waist on two separate occasions and regardless of Porter picking up notable wins against the likes of Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander, and Yordenis Ugas, most expect him to fall woefully short in his next ring appearance.

On November 20th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Porter will go toe to toe with WBO 147 pound titlist, Terence Crawford. With the number of world titles Crawford has aggregated throughout his career, he’s regarded by most as the best fighter in the world. Due to that distinction, Porter is viewed by many as having little to no chance at pulling off the upset win.

But while Porter has openly accepted that he is the underdog heading in, that doesn’t mean he isn’t brimming with confidence.

“I have what it takes to beat him, don’t sleep on that, believe that. I do.”

In spite of the odds, Porter is expected to be the biggest test of Crawford’s career. Since making the move seven pounds north to the welterweight division, Crawford has been both impressive and disappointing. While he’s managed to register stoppage wins in every single one of his 147 pound bouts, the Omaha, Nebraska native has fought less than stellar competition.

Most recently, Crawford was last seen in the ring dismantling long-faded former champion, Kell Brook. Although Brook appeared to be in terrific shape, he provided little to no resistance and was subsequently stopped in the fourth round.

Regardless of whom the betting public is choosing as the victor on the night, in the end, Porter is firmly of the belief that the combination of himself and Crawford in the ring will lead to nothing short of a terrific showdown.

“When I say the fight between me and Terence Crawford is going to be great, it’s gonna be great.”

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Terence Crawford: “I Don’t Believe I’ve Shown Them My Best Yet”

Posted on 09/15/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Terence Crawford heard the critics loud and clear.

While his trophy case was filled to the brim with numerous awards, Crawford was constantly castigated for the level of opposition he fought along the way. Bob Arum, Crawford’s long-time promoter, consistently pounded the pavement in an attempt to find the multiple division titlist a worthy opponent.

However, after spending years facing fighters who were considered at the bottom of the barrel, Crawford would simply step into the ring and take care of business with relative ease. Now, with Crawford facing whom many consider being his toughest foe yet in Shawn Porter on November 20th, the Omaha, Nebraska native believes for as great as he’s been thus far, he’ll be given the opportunity to go even deeper into his bag of tricks.

“I’m very excited,” said Crawford, during an interview with ESPN. “Now I can show my talent and maybe I can show something for the general public, something that they’ve never seen before.”

Porter, 33, has spent the better part of the past decade as either a world champion or a highly rated contender. After snagging the vacant WBC welterweight title from Danny Garcia in September of 2018, Porter would go on to eke out a close split decision win against current WBA titleholder, Yordenis Ugas. Porter would then attempt to add even more gold to his waist as he took on Errol Spence Jr. in September of 2019. Porter’s dreams ultimately, would fail to come true as he fell just short of his goals.

Since then, Porter has regained that winning feeling, defeating journeymen Sebastian Formella via unanimous decision in August of 2020.

As for Crawford, following his move to the welterweight division in 2018, the three-division titlist has scored five knockout wins in a row. Crawford’s propensity to toy with his competition may have left him atop most pound for pound list but once the bell rings come November 20th, he believes he’ll go to an even higher level.

“I don’t believe that I’ve shown them my best yet.”

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Terence Crawford Vs. Shawn Porter Officially Set For November 20th

Posted on 09/14/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Terence Crawford has long been considered one of, if not the best, pound-for-pound fighter in the world. That said, the multiple division titlist lacked the resume to justify those claims. For years, the current WBO welterweight champion urged the biggest names in or around his division to take him on. Now, after hammering out a deal behind the scenes, Crawford has officially gotten his wish.

As first reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, Crawford and Shawn Porter are set to square off on November 20th, at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After moving into the number one ranking in both the WBC and WBO sanctioning bodies, Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) had the option to either take on unified titlist Errol Spence Jr. or, the aforementioned Crawford. Having swapped fists with Spence Jr. in 2019 and coming up short via split decision, Porter revealed that he was more inclined to take on Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), citing the desire to face a new foe.

While Crawford was Porter’s preference all along, the former two-time 147-pound belt holder admitted that a showdown between the pair was unlikely. Most of Porter’s doubts stemmed from promoter Bob Arum going on record stating that he wouldn’t offer Porter more than one million to face Crawford, something Porter scoffed at.

The two sides ultimately pushed their differences to the side and sat down at the negotiating table thanks to the WBO sanctioning body ordering a purse bid, something that was set to take place later this afternoon. Now, with both parties agreeing to terms, their previously scheduled purse bid has been canceled.

For Crawford, Porter represents the toughest opponent he’s faced thus far. Earlier this year, the 33-year-old Nebraska native scored a predictable early stoppage against long-faded former champion, Kell Brook.

As for Porter, the highly ranked contender has picked up several notable wins during his 147-pound tenure, including against the likes of Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas, Adrien Broner, and Devon Alexander.

Most recently, after losing his WBC crown via split decision to Spence Jr., Porter found himself back in the win column. The Cleveland product handed a one-sided beating to fringe contender Sebastian Formella in August of 2020.

Crawford vs. Porter will officially be offered on ESPN+PPV as opposed to a joint PPV.

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Tim Bradley On Shawn Porter Vs. Terence Crawford: “Why Is This Fight On PPV?”

Posted on 09/05/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Las Vegas, NV – November 14, 2020 – MGM Grand: Timothy Bradley on the set of Top Rank Boxing (Photo by Isaac Brekken / ESPN Images)

When Terence Crawford was ordered to defend his WBO welterweight title against former two-time titlist Shawn Porter, Tim Bradley couldn’t stop himself from grinning. The former two-division belt holder finds a matchup between the pair intriguing and is interested in seeing how things shake out.

Originally, the two sides attempted to hammer out a deal behind the scenes. But with Top Rank, Crawford’s representatives, and Premier Boxing Champions, the representatives of Porter, unable to finalize an agreement, a public purse bid was set to take place on September 2nd.

After continuing to work diligently, both sides requested an extension as a deal draws closer. They will now have until September 14th, to reach an agreement or a purse bid will in fact take place.

Regardless of the contractual side of things, Bradley isn’t interested in how much either fighter will make or where the fight will take place. The former 140 and 147-pound champion simply wants to see the two in the ring. For a fight of this magnitude, a pay-per-view setting is the likely destination. Yet, in Bradley’s opinion, forcing customers to pay for a showdown between two fighters who aren’t the most ballyhooed, isn’t the best idea.

“You have two guys who aren’t relatively known,” said Bradley.

For Porter, the 33-year-old former belt holder has competed in one PPV thus far and managed to reel in terrific numbers. In September of 2019, Porter went toe to toe with unified 147-pound champion, Errol Spence Jr. While Porter would go on to lose, they reportedly raked in over 300,00 PPV buys. Since the loss, Porter has bounced back, outpointing fringe contender Sebastian Formella in August of 2020.

As for Crawford, although he usually finds his name near the top of every pound-for-pound list, his PPV numbers haven’t impressed. In his first appearance on that platform, in July of 2016, Crawford easily outpointed Viktor Postol to unify titles in the super lightweight division. His performance may have been nearly flawless on the night, but his PPV numbers checked in at reportedly 50,000 buys.

Crawford’s second PPV, this time against Amir Khan in April of 2019, performed better as reportedly 150,000 customers purchased the event to witness Crawford score the sixth round stoppage.

While Crawford’s PPV numbers increased during his second go round and despite Porter generating over 300,000 for his fight against Spence Jr., Bradley believes they just aren’t recognizable figures in the regular world.

To prove his theory correct, Bradley revealed that he conducted an experiment.

“I walked around and asked 20 random people who don’t know anything about boxing. Do you know Terrence ‘Bud’ Crawford? They said no. Have you ever heard of Shawn Porter? No. All 20 of them said they never heard of them. So why is this fight on pay-per-view?”

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Brian McIntyre, Trainer Of Terence Crawford, Anxious For Shawn Porter Showdown: “It’s Go Time”

Posted on 07/28/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Before Terence Crawford even fought his first fight at 147 pounds, both he and trainer Brian McIntyre believed he was the best fighter the division had to offer. But while the Nebraska native continued to show otherworldly skills in the ring, his competition left much to be desired.

In his most recent outing, Crawford had little to no trouble dispatching former welterweight champion Kell Brook. But, due to his advanced age, checking in at 35, Crawford’s fourth-round stoppage win attracted even more criticism than praise. Now, however, with the pound-for-pound star likely to face his toughest opponent by far in former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter, McIntyre views it as an opportunity for his fighter to prove his worth.

‘It’s go time,” said McIntyre during an interview with World Boxing News. “Now there will be no doubt that Bud [Terence Crawford] is 147-pound supreme.”

Earlier this week, the WBO sanctioning body ordered both Crawford and Porter to negotiate a deal within 30 days. If not, they would be forced into a pursue bid. News of the WBO’s actions were music to the ears of Porter. The rough and rugged contender made it no secret that Crawford was the fighter he wanted above anyone else. While the two are good friends outside the ring, Porter is of the mindset that since he’s fought most of the top guns in the 147-pound division, a showdown against Crawford would be a fresh and exciting matchup.

The eagerness for their contest to come to fruition was also shared by Crawford. The 33-year-old switch hitter has also heard the nonstop criticism of his resume but claims that many of the top names in his weight class shied away from facing him. Now, with a matchup against Porter on tap, Crawford believes he can use Porter’s name to prove that he’s much more than just the best fighter in the welterweight division.

“I’ve been begging for a challenge for years,” said Crawford to ESPN. “All the so-called ‘elite welterweights’ have shown no interest in fighting me,” said Crawford. “Now one of them is finally being forced to. I’ll show once again why I’m the best P4P fighter in the world. Be ready.”

Currently, both sides are still hammering out the particulars. If everything goes according to plan, the two would face off sometime in the upcoming fall. While McIntyre doesn’t want to overlook Porter, he believes that a win is essentially a formality. Although the two-time welterweight belt holder will receive a fully focused Crawford, McIntyre is already planning his fighter’s next contest.

“After beating Porter, we want the winner of [Errol] Spence-[Manny] Pacquiao.”

On August 21st, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, both Spence and Pacquiao will face off. With Crawford attempting to lure both fighters into the ring on numerous occasions, McIntyre will now watch their showdown with a careful eye as he plans on positioning Crawford into a mega showdown with the winner.

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Terence Crawford On Possible Shawn Porter Showdown: “I’ll Show Once Again Why I’m The Best Fighter In The World”

Posted on 07/22/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Terence Crawford’s boxing skills have never been questioned. Yet, for years, his overall resume has been ridiculed and picked apart.

The former three-division titlist and current WBO welterweight belt holder, sat patiently as he was fed lesser opponent after lesser opponent. All the while, he hoped that one day he would face someone who could truly put his skills to the test. Now, after the WBO sanctioning body has ordered him and former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter to negotiate a fight agreement, the pound-for-pound star is getting exactly what he wanted.

“I’ve been begging for a real challenge for years,” said Crawford to ESPN.

In June of 2018, after picking up every world title at 140 pounds, Crawford moved up to the welterweight division and immediately snagged the WBO title from former titlist, Jeff Horn. He’s since defended his crown against whom many would consider an uninspiring cast including Jose Benavidez, Amir Khan, Egidijus Kavaliauskas and most recently, Kell Brook.

All the while, Crawford has received plenty of criticism for his choice of opponents. Still, the Omaha, Nebraska native has insisted that he doesn’t choose who he faces and has attempted to secure bouts against former unified champion Keith Thurman, current unified titlist Errol Spence Jr. and future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao.

While he was apoplectic that he’s been unable to get any of the bigger names to face him, Crawford appears ecstatic that one of the division’s best fighters will now have no choice but to face him in the ring.

“All the so-called ‘elite welterweights’ have shown no interest in fighting me,” said Crawford. “Now one of them is finally being forced to.”

Porter, 33, has long expressed a willingness to cast aside promotional differences and face Crawford in the ring. Several months ago, the Akron, Ohio native revealed that his team had attempted to make a showdown with Crawford a reality but ultimately felt disrespected with what was offered to him financially.

With a purse bid now set to take place in 30 days if both sides aren’t able to find middle ground on a deal, Porter figures to be well compensated for his possible matchup against Crawford. The former titlist was last in the ring in August of 2020, easily outworking fringe contender Sebastian Formella.

As a matchup against Porter nears, Crawford views it as a chance to once again stake his claim as the best fighter around, regardless of the weight class.

“I’ll show once again why I’m the best P4P fighter in the world. Be ready.”

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Terence Crawford Vs. Shawn Porter Officially Ordered By The WBO

Posted on 07/22/2021

By: Hans Themistode

With WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford and highly rated contender Shawn Porter seemingly gaining no ground in their fight talks, the WBO has stepped in to ensure it happens.

As of this past Wednesday night, the sanctioning body has formally ordered both sides to begin negotiations.

“Please be advised that the parties herein have thirty (30) days upon issuance of this notice to negotiate and reach an agreement for the above-referenced WBO Welterweight Championship Contest,” Luis Batista Salas, chairman of the WBO Championship Committee noted in an official letter sent to both camps. “If an accord is not reached within the timeframe stated herein, a purse bid will be ordered per the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.”

News of their forced negotiations, in all likelihood, will be music to Porter’s ears. The former two-time welterweight champion has attempted to foster a deal behind the scenes with Top Rank headman and long-time promoter Bob Arum. With the Akron Ohio native holding a top two ranking in three of the four sanctioning bodies, he was given his pick of the litter in terms of which championship route to take.

Having faced many of the division’s top names including Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr., Porter opted to take on a new and fresh face in Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs). While the two have always shared a close relationship, Porter, on numerous occasions, expressed a willingness to put their friendship on hold.

With that said, Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) felt both irritated and disrespected in how negotiations were going. According to the multiple-time belt holder, Arum was only willing to pay him roughly one million dollars upfront, along with pay-per-view upside. Porter barked at his offer and recently admitted that he would be moving away from the negotiating table entirely.

If, for some reason, both sides continue to struggle with the financial part of their agreement, a purse bid would then be ordered. In that scenario, although a minimum of $200,000 will be allowed to stage the fight, the end result figures to be millions of dollars to ensure the fight happens.

Both Crawford and Porter have yet to make their 2021 debuts. The undefeated belt holder has continued to destroy his competition in the ring but has faced heavy criticism for whom he decides to take on. In November of 2020, the Omaha native destroyed former titlist, Kell Brook. Although at one point Brook was considered one of the best welterweights in the world, he has long been a shell of his former self.

The former three-division titlist has chased after the big names in the division including Errol Spence Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. But, he’s also made it clear that a matchup with Porter is one that he would be more than willing to accept.

As for Porter, if the fight with Crawford is made, he’ll look to pick up the biggest scalp of his career. Since coming up short against Spence Jr. in September of 2019, he’s bounced back with a dominant win over fringe contender Sebastian Formella in August of 2020.

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Keith Thurman Vs. Shawn Porter II Reportedly Could Be Next

Posted on 06/09/2021

By: Hans Themistode

With a close contest in June of 2016, there was always a belief that both Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter would do it again. Now, according to reports, they’ll have a chance to do just that.

As first reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, a rematch between the pair is currently being discussed. Part two of their back and forth first showdown would seemingly take place in the fall later on this year.

In June of 2016, Thurman beat Porter by identical 115-113 scores on all three judges’ scorecards. Shortly after, Thurman would go on to defeat Danny Garcia by split decision to unify titles in the welterweight division. But while Thurman was considered by most as the man to beat, his career took off in the wrong direction.

Following his win over Garcia, Thurman would spend close to two years on the sidelines due to various injuries. He would eventually come back to outpoint borderline contender Josesito Lopez in January of 2019. Although he appeared rusty, Thurman pressed forward with his career and would land a mega showdown against Manny Pacquiao in July of 2019. Thurman would hit the canvas in the first round of said contest but would rally back. His second-half surge wasn’t enough, however, as Pacquiao handed him the first defeat of his career and stripped him of his WBA welterweight title. After the loss, the injury bug bit him once again as he hasn’t been seen in the ring due to a hand injury.

While the stock of Thurman has seemingly taken a hit, Porter’s couldn’t be any higher. The Cleveland Ohio, native went on to reel off four wins in a row, including a title winning effort against Danny Garcia and a single title defense against the highly-rated Yordenis Ugas.

In an attempt to unify titles against Errol Spence Jr., Porter fell just short of doing so via split decision in September of 2019. Brushing that loss aside, Porter picked up a wide decision win against fringe contender Sebastian Formella in August of 2020.

Although a rematch with Thurman is something that Porter has always craved, the former two-time welterweight champion was adamant in taking on current WBO belt holder, Terence Crawford. Yet, after negotiations behind the scenes broke down, Porter stated that he was putting Crawford in the rearview mirror to chase other matchups.

While nothing is official just yet, with neither man having a fight currently booked, we could be on our way to seeing them match up in the ring once more.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford Talks Reportedly Dead in The Water

Posted on 04/24/2021

By: Hans Themistode

The wait continues for Terence Crawford.

For years now, the former three-division world champion and current WBO welterweight belt holder has waited patiently for an opportunity to face a big-time opponent. Up until recently, it appeared as though he was just a few contract details away from getting exactly what he hoped for.

Sources close to the situation revealed that Manny Pacquiao, 42, was on board with facing Crawford on June 5th, later on this year. For Crawford, things couldn’t have worked out any better as he long expressed a desire to face the future first-ballot Hall of Famer. In fact, as first reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, Pacquiao signed his agreement and was fully prepared to face the pound-for-pound star. However, the funding for their showdown, which was set to take place in Abu Dhabi, has apparently fallen through.

For Pacquiao, he was last seen in the ring roughly two years ago dethroning previously unbeaten Keith Thurman in July of 2019. Despite his inactivity, boxing’s only eight-division champion has found himself in the midst of several fight rumors. In addition to a showdown with Crawford, Pacquiao originally stated that he was “leaning” towards a contest with former four-division titlist, Mikey Garcia.

Those thoughts, at least for now, have fallen by the wayside.

With the most significant contest of his career officially off the table at the moment, Crawford is expected to take on former two-time world champion Shawn Porter. Long before negotiations began between both Crawford and Pacquiao, Porter threw his name into the mix.

At the moment, the Cleveland Ohio native is currently ranked number one in both the WBC and WBO sanctioning bodies. While he could use his high ranking to pursue a rematch with unified champion, Errol Spence Jr., a contest Porter would lose by split decision in September of 2019, Porter has instead chosen to go down the path of Crawford.

Bob Arum, current promoter of Crawford, acknowledged that the two likely matchups for Crawford would in fact be Porter and Pacquiao with the latter serving as the preferred opponent.

Crawford was last seen in November of 2020, bullying former champion Kell Brook to the tune of a fourth-round stoppage win.

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Shawn Porter Gives Andre Ward High Praise: “I Feel Like He’s A Goat But People Don’t Realize That”

Posted on 04/22/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Light Heavyweight boxer Andre Ward with the WBA/WBO/IBF world light heavyweight championship, after defeating opponent Sergey Kovalev by unanimous decision in a twelve-round bout on November 19th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.(Anthony Geathers for ESPN)

Over the course of boxing history, the greatest of all-time debate will seemingly never end. Most fans have planted their feet in the dirt and taken the side of one fighter over the rest of the field. Amongst them, the names that are often mentioned in those conversations are the usual suspects such as Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Ray Robinson, Roy Jones Jr. and a shortlist of others.

While former two-division world champion Shawn Porter agrees with those sentiments, the Cleveland Ohio native can’t help but scratch his head when the conversation is brought up. In no way, shape or form does he want to remove any of those previously mentioned names. Instead, he simply wants to add someone else to the mix.

“Andre Ward,” said Porter during his podcast The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “I feel like he’s a goat but people don’t realize that. This man has not lost a match since he was 12 years old.”

In the case of Ward, his boxing resume does seem to warrant his inclusion in the goat conversation. As an amateur, Ward dominated the competition to the tune of 115 wins against only five defeats. He easily crushed the field in the 2004 Olympics to bring home a gold medal and as a pro, Ward proved to be impossible to beat, winning every single one of his 32 career contests.

At one point, Ward was considered the consensus number one fighter in the world. After defeating former pound-for-pound star Sergey Kovalev in back-to-back fights, Ward abruptly walked away from the sport. He’s since left the door slightly open for a comeback but for the most part, he’s remained steadfast in his decision to walk away from the game.

This past year, Ward was rewarded for his boxing excellence with an induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame. But while Ward has always been universally respected and celebrated, Porter simply believes it isn’t enough.

“He was under looked and everybody expected this big blast when he came to the pro game and it really wasn’t a big blast and people started to really doubt what he could do. But after he won the super middleweight tournament, people started to recognize who he was. He went virtually his entire life without losing any matches.”

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Shawn Porter Gives Jaron Ennis The Highest Of Praise: “He’s A Welterweight Roy Jones Jr.”

Posted on 04/17/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Shawn Porter has heard the buzz. But up until recently, he hasn’t exactly paid close attention to it.

Following each Jaron Ennis ring appearance, the boxing world would mention him as the next big star in the welterweight division. The Philadelphia native would dance around his opponents until he ended things with one game-changing shot.

Recently, Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs) was tasked with who many believed was his toughest opponent to date in former 140-pound belt holder Sergey Lipinets. Not only did Ennis take care of business against the long-time contender in impressive fashion, stopping him in the sixth round, but he barely broke a sweat while doing so.

After tuning in and giving the 23-year-old his undivided attention, Porter was left with no choice but to compare Ennis to one of the greatest fighters to ever lace up a pair of gloves.

“He’s a welterweight Roy Jones Jr.,” said Porter on his podcast The Porter Way Podcast Clips.

Porter, a former two-time welterweight world champion, couldn’t help but notice the speed, power and relative ease in which it took Ennis to take care of business against someone who is normally a durable opponent. In the mind of many, they’re intrigued by what Ennis will be able to do once he faces the elite of the division. Facing Lipinets is one thing, but taking on the likes of Porter, WBO belt holder Terence Crawford and ultimately, unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., is another thing entirely.

With that said, much like Jones Jr., Porter remembers a time when the same highlight reel level knockouts Jones Jr. would score against lesser competition, would continue to happen even after facing the best of the best. While many believe at the age of 23, Ennis is the future of the welterweight division, in Porter’s opinion, if Ennis is given the opportunity right now, the future could be a lot sooner than many realize.

“Roy did it just like that. When they stepped up the competition he continued to do it just like that,” explained Porter. “I’m a Showtime fighter. It don’t matter what time of day it is. When the lights come on, I’m ready. I don’t care what I was doing two hours before the fight, when the lights come on, I’m ready and that’s how Jaron is.

“Jaron is just one of those guys where, if you put him in the ring with Shawn Porter, you put him in the ring with Errol Spence Jr., and we can all say that he may not be ready yet, but it’s just one of those situations where he gets in the ring and tonight is that night for him.”

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Shawn Porter: “I Feel Like Errol Is Going To Have His Way With Ugas”

Posted on 03/31/2021

By: Hans Themistode

(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Fox Sports/PictureGroup)

Shawn Porter has a feeling that Errol Spence Jr. will have an easy time in the ring his next time out.

Although nothing is official just yet, all signs point to the unified welterweight champion taking on WBA belt holder Yordenis Ugas. Having spent time in the ring with both, Porter simply believes that Ugas doesn’t have enough in his toolbox to get the job.

“I feel like Errol is going to have his way with Ugas,” said Porter on The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “The thing with Ugas is that he doesn’t have good feet. He plants his feet and wants to stand there and bang. I just don’t think banging with Errol Spence like that will get the job done.”

Listening to the words of Porter comes across as somewhat of a contradiction. The former two-time welterweight champion may have boxed against the Dallas native at times when they matched up in September of 2019, but more than anything, Porter spent long durations of their contest banging it out with the powerful southpaw in the center of the ring.

While Porter won’t disagree with that statement, he also wants the boxing world to hit the rewind button on their contest. Sure he fought toe to toe with Spence Jr., but he also added a few wrinkles as well.

“We banged but I pivoted, I turned, I got off the line. I was able to block and retreat and use defense. I just don’t think Ugas has those abilities and it isn’t something he can learn on the fly, I just don’t think he can. He covers very well but I think he’s too slow for Errol. I don’t think it’s the kind of fight that is going to last as long as Errol wants it to last but I do think that Errol is going to control it from beginning to end.”

Just before Porter forfeited his WBC world title to Spence Jr. in their matchup, he defended it against Ugas six months prior. Following 12 rounds of back and forth action, all three judges scoring the bout had a difficult time declaring a winner. With that said, Porter was elated to hear his name at the end of a split decision verdict.

Despite believing the chances of Ugas pulling off the win are slim to none, Porter does see a path to victory for the Cuban native. It won’t be an easy one, nor will it be a likely outcome but Porter does offer Ugas a glimmer of hope based on his attributes.

“He has the ability to punch. He’s a good puncher and he can get to the body. If he can get to Errol’s body and slow him down, then he’s got a chance. I think Yordenis Ugas is one of the best rippers to the body that we’ve seen in a long time. But, I don’t think Errol is going to sit there and allow him to.”

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Shawn Porter Gives His Opinion On Canelo Alvarez vs Andre Ward: “I Think It’s A 50/50 Fight”

Posted on 03/15/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Despite Andre Ward hanging up his boxing gloves more than three years ago, fans have continued to hope and pray that he’ll wipe the dust off his boxing trunks and step into the ring one more time.

But while Ward officially retired after defeating Sergey Kovalev for the second time in 2017, many were hoping that he would stick around a bit longer to take on pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez. With Ward not only in impeccable shape but also only 37 years of age, fans have held on to a modicum of hope that he’ll end his abrupt retirement and take on Alvarez.

Joining most of the boxing world who are currently split down the middle on how things would shake out in that proposed matchup, is former two-time welterweight champion, Shawn Porter. As he sits down and breaks down the attributes of each fighter, he pointed out where each man would shine most if a fight actually came to fruition.

“I think now, Canelo is in the prime of his career,” said Porter on his podcast The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “I think getting into the ring with Andre Ward would cause him to be even greater than we’ve seen before. Canelo has unbelievable power, unbelievable speed and very good defense. I think Canelo has better power, I think their speed is relatively the same. Both guys have really good defense. I think it’s a 50/50 fight.”

For Alvarez, his ascension to the top of virtually every pound for pound list is a product of his notable wins in several weight classes. Although Porter acknowledges his achievements, he can’t help but look back at the one time he struggled mightily in the ring.

Nearly a decade ago, a much younger and less-seasoned Alvarez was outboxed and outsmarted in the ring against Floyd Mayweather. Regardless of one judge scoring their bout a draw, the remaining two judges scored their contest in favor of Mayweather.

On the night, Alvarez simply had no answers and lost virtually every round in the eyes of the public. While he’s improved considerably, Porter could envision a scenario in which history repeats itself.

“Before Canelo fought Floyd, he had never been in the ring with anyone like Floyd. We saw him have trouble and I can see the same thing happening with Dre. Floyd was the commander and chief in the ring and I can see the same thing with Andre Ward being the commander and chief in the ring against Canelo.”

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Shawn Porter Confident In Possible Terence Crawford Showdown: “I Know That He Is The Kind Of Guy That I Can Knock Out”

Posted on 03/13/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Shawn Porter has always been confident. Whether he’s taking on an opponent in the ring or sauntering around in one of his more eye-catching wardrobes, the former two-time welterweight champion just exudes a certain confidence.

Yet, when it comes to a possible showdown against WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford, Porter’s self-belief goes through the roof. While most would consider him an underdog in their contest, Porter simply shrugs off those thoughts.

The former 147-pound belt holder not only believes that he can pick up the victory, but he’s also under the impression that he can leave Crawford comatose in the process.

“I know that he is the kind of guy that I can knock out,” said Porter during a recent interview with Fight Hype.

Despite Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) not officially scoring a knockout win since 2017 against Andre Berto, the Akron Ohio native is standing firmly behind his prediction claim. In his most recent ring appearance, Porter went the 12 round distance with fringe contender Sebastian Formella.

Currently, Porter is the leading man to land a matchup with Crawford next. According to promoter Bob Arum, his undefeated star has two options in front of him. His first and preferred choice is future first-ballot Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao. Second, would be Porter. But with Pacquiao recently stating that he is “leaning” towards a showdown with Mikey Garcia instead, Porter should in theory be Crawford’s number one target.

If by some chance, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) attempts to go in another direction, Porter could force him into the fight or be stripped of his title as Porter sits in the mandatory position.

Although making a fight between friends has always proved to be difficult, Porter has stated on numerous occasions that he has no issue shoving their friendship to the side. Having shared the ring with Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and a long list of other great fighters, Porter believes he knows a great fight when he sees one.

“Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter is a great fight. People want to be entertained and in the midst of greatness. Me vs Terence Crawford is something that I feel everybody needs.”

With Porter persistently calling him out, Crawford appears to be growing acrimonious. Whenever Porter’s name was brought to his attention, Crawford pointed to their friendship and appeared more reluctant in signing on the dotted line.

But recently, with Porter saying on his Twitter account that he would be ready in May, Crawford wrote an agitated response.

“Just stay on standby,” said Crawford. “Now you trying me.”

Not wanting to engage in a war of words, Porter simply expounded on his constant callouts. In no way, shape or form is he attempting to get into the mind of Crawford. He simply wants to stand across the ring from another great fighter.

“I’m not attacking Terence Crawford or trying to get under his skin. I’m just simply stating what’s great.”

Crawford was last seen in the ring in November of 2020, dismantling former champion Kell Brook to the tune of a fourth-round stoppage win.

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