Shawn Porter Added To Wilder-Ortiz Undercard
As we get closer to the November 4th battle between Deontay Wilder and Luiz Ortiz, Premier Boxing Champions announced in a press release today that, former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter has been added to the event.
Porter will be facing off with Adrian Granados, while unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets will take on Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship which will be the opening bout on the Showtime broadcast.
In a preliminary bout prior to the Showtime broadcast, former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and former title challenger Dominic Breazeale will meet in a 10-round heavyweight attraction. This fight is scheduled due to Stiverne being the mandatory contender for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title.
In the press release announcing the undercard Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment claimed that
“Shawn Porter versus Adrian Granados is an all-action, fan-pleasing fight that will once again have fans at Barclays Center cheering. Sergey Lipinets is a knockout artist and up-and-coming star, attempting to secure his first world title. Additionally, SHOWTIME will stream other undercard bouts, including what should be a competitive heavyweight title eliminator between top contenders Bermane Stiverne and Dominic Breazeale.”
The other promoter for the event Tom Brown of TGB promotions is high on Granados claiming that he should not be overlooked when facing “Showtime.”
“You look at his record and he has five losses, but those five losses are three split decisions and two majority decisions and the two draws that are split draws. This is another huge opportunity for him. Adrian feels he’s paid his dues and belongs in a fight of this magnitude.”
Porter won the welterweight title in his debut at Barclays Center with a unanimous decision over Devon Alexander on Dec. 7, 2013. His other times in Brooklyn featured Porter losing by decision to unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman in a 2016 Fight of the Year candidate, and a TKO victory against former welterweight champion Andre Berto in his last fight on April 22.
Porter is quoted to be excited for this fight with Granados, and feels this will be a potential fight of the night.
“…I’m getting into the ring with someone who is very established as an amateur and a professional, has great skills and isn’t going to go in there and lay down. That’s always going to bring out the best in me, and that’s always going to create a very exciting match-up. I know that when I do what I’m planning to do, it’s going to be exciting, entertaining and fill the seats.”
Granados stated that “…it’s going to be fireworks from the opening bell. I was getting ready for a fight in October but when this opportunity arose I jumped at it. It’s a tremendous card to be fighting on with the whole world watching and I’m looking to put on a great performance.”