Porter Expects Thurman Rematch In Next Fight
When Shawn Porter returns to the ring in 2019, he’s confident that former WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman will be standing across from him.
While speaking with Sky Sports, Porter confirmed that talks between the two camps are ongoing after the WBC ordered the fight in October. The fight if it happens will be Porter’s first in-ring appearance since winning the title against Danny Garcia in 2017.
“Right now, the mandatory is Keith Thurman and I know the negotiations got underway about three weeks ago and we should know really soon, whether it is going to happen and where it will take place,” he exclusively told Sky Sports.
“He wants the fight. I know for a while he said he wanted a comeback fight and now he’s saying he wants to fight me and accept the mandatory challenge.
“The best thing I can do is wait for it, get ready for confirmation on that fight, then get working and get ready for it.
“This is the sport we’re in. If you want to be the best you have to go and get the best and that’s what I am going to do,” the WBC welterweight champion said about his next fight.
Another potential opponent is IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr, who agreed to unify their titles after Porter defeated Danny Garcia earlier this year.
“He [Spence Jr] got in the ring and said he wanted to fight me and obviously I said I would fight him as well,” claimed Porter.
“The WBC have Keith Thurman in mind though and I’ve told who I’ve had to tell, if I can’t fight Keith Thurman, I don’t really want to fight anyone other than Errol Spence.
“Those two fights are the only ones who make sense for me and those are really the only ones that will get me going and get me into the state of mind I need to, to prepare for a fight.
“After those I don’t see the challenges I want in my career at this point.”
Initial Report: SKY Sports