Shawn Porter's three best performances
By Hector Franco
The time for talking is almost over. Here we are less than a week away from Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter meeting in the ring. There has been a lot of back and forth between the camps before the bout. Mostly by Porter’s trainer and father, Ken Porter. Porter himself has kept the trash talk to a minimum. Porter knows the challenge he faces in Thurman. Porter has been known as one of the sport’s most well-conditioned fighters. The Ohio native needs to be just as mentally prepared as he will be physically.
Unlike Thurman, Porter knows how it feels to lose in a boxing ring. Porter lost his title in August 2014 against Kell Brook. It was the first time Brook had fought in the United States. Brook was also the underdog coming in the fight. Team Porter may have underestimated Brook or shown their lack of experience in big fights by doing things like sparring in front of Brook during the week before the fight. Porter ended up losing a decision and losing his IBF title. Since then, Porter has fought a total of two times.
When the Thurman bout was postponed from March to June, Porter decided it would be best to have an exhibition bout to eliminate some rust. Whether this was actually a good idea is up for debate. Watching the exhibition bout, it seemed like nothing more than an endurance contest to give Porter some rounds. Nothing in the exhibition bout from Porter will likely show up on fight night against Thurman except some of the work done to the body. Against Thurman, Porter hopes to replicate some of his best performances. Let’s take a look back at some of Shawn Porter’s best performances thus far.
12-07-2013, Brooklyn, New York
This was Porter’s first shot at a world championship. It took place at the Barclays Center against Devon Alexander. Going into the bout Alexander was coming off of a four-fight win streak. He had wins over Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana, Randall Bailey, and Lee Purdy. Besides his fight with Timothy Bradley, Alexander up to this point had always delivered in his biggest fights. Unfortunately for Alexander, the fight with Porter resembled the Bradley fight more than any other. Shawn Porter must have watched the Bradley-Alexander fight a couple of times as he used the same strategy. Porter was able to bully Alexander all night. He backed him up and landed lead power punches with the right and left in most rounds. It was a dominant performance by Porter. From an entertainment and execution standpoint, he improved upon Timothy Bradley’s performance. Porter won a unanimous decision and was awarded the IBF title.
04-19-2014, Washington D.C.
Not many expected Shawn Porter to top his performance against Devon Alexander against Paulie Malignaggi. That’s exactly what he did. Malignaggi came into the bout as the veteran, who had faced his fair share of tough competition, win or lose. He was coming off of one of his better performances in recent years against Zab Judah. Malignaggi figured he could outbox Porter by staying on the outside. Turns out Malignaggi wasn’t safe from any distance against Porter. From the start of the fight, Porter was able to close the distance on the New York fighter. Porter punished Malignaggi with power punches. Each round got worse and worse. The end came in the fourth round as Malignaggi was slumped under the ropes leaving the referee no choice, but to stop the fight. This was a demolition. Malignaggi had been defeated beforehand, but never with this much force. Afterward, Porter was seen as the Mike Tyson of the welterweight division. If Porter were to do to Thurman what he did to Malignaggi, he would be favored against every other welterweight in the division including a rematch with Kell Brook.
06-20-2015, Las Vegas, Nevada
It seems like Shawn Porter has never been one of the favorites in Al Haymon’s PBC boxing universe. This was most evident in his bout with Adrien Broner last summer. The fight was labeled with the tagline “The Battle for Ohio”. It took place in Las Vegas even with Broner proving to be a draw in his hometown of Cincinnati. The bout was also contested at a catch weight of 144 pounds. Two former welterweight champions fighting at a catch weight favored Broner who was going back down to 140 pounds. Everything seemed set up for a Broner victory. Porter didn’t get the memo apparently. Porter dominated Broner for 11 rounds straight. He outworked and outpunched Broner. The Cincinnati native did nothing but hold and posture for eleven rounds straight. Then in the 12th round, Broner knocked Porter down with a left hook. This punch surprised Porter more than it hurt him. Regardless, it was too little too late for Broner. Porter won a unanimous decision in a fight he was set up to lose. Porter has waited since this day to step back in the ring. Hopefully, the fight with Thurman won’t be as ugly as the fight with Broner.
Shawn Porter has shown an ability to be mentally tough and physically tough in all his bouts so far. When on the big stage Porter tends to deliver. Looking at both Thurman’s and Porter’s best performances, the Malignaggi performance by Porter stands out. Porter has the chance for redemption in facing Thurman. He can win back a world title and gain a victory over an undefeated fighter who was the slight favorite against him. Porter doesn’t do much talking outside the ring, but inside the ring, we’ll see what Porter has to say to Thurman.
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