Porter Wants Thurman Next, Not Spence
Shawn Porter acknowledged that he wasn’t at Barclays Center for the concessions on Saturday night. Porter claimed a reason he was in Brooklyn on Saturday night was to scout Errol Spence Jr.
Spence still isn’t an option for Porter’s next fight, as both fighters want Keith Thurman next.
Porter lost a close unanimous decision to Thurman in a welterweight title fight in June 2016 at Barclays Center, and wants a rematch when Thurman returns from an elbow injury. The former IBF welterweight champion is the mandatory challenger for Thurman’s WBC 147-pound championship, thus he’ll eventually get his second shot at the unbeaten WBA/WBC champ unless someone knocks off Thurman before Porter gets the chance.
With Thurman headed toward a fight against Jessie Vargas in April, Porter might have to bide his time to face Thurman again. With this being the situation, Porter still doesn’t want to consider a lucrative opportunity to challenge Spence for his IBF title.
“Right now it’s not an option because it’s the IBF,” Porter told a group of reporters Saturday night.
“I’m not sure if I’m ranked in [the IBF]. I’ve been told I’m not. I don’t know for sure because I don’t look at the rankings. But I’m actually told I’m not ranked in the IBF. I don’t know for sure, which is crazy. I need to be ranked everywhere. But it is what it is, so right now [Spence] is not gonna be my next fight. Like I said, it’s Keith Thurman and, if we have to, we’ll look somewhere else.”
Porter is dealing with a minor hand injury suffered during his 10-round, unanimous-decision win over Adrian Granados on November 4th at Barclays Center. The Akron, Ohio, native expects to be able to use his hand again soon and could fight either late in the spring or early in the summer.
Spence, who had a dominant performance against Lamont Peterson on his way to an eighth-round technical knockout Saturday night, is more than willing to oppose Porter next. The IBF champ will have to seek another opponent, for what he hopes will be a hometown fight in May or June.
“I’m doing everything I can do to make these fights happen,” Porter said. “So this year you will see Shawn Porter in the ring with Keith Thurman. If not Keith Thurman, then Danny Garcia.”