Sebastian Formell Sends A Message To Shawn Porter
Earlier today, it was announced that Shawn Porter will be making his return to the ring against Sebastian Formell. The fight will take place on August 22 and it will be a PBC on FOX main event. Porter, a former welterweight champion, is looking to get back to championship glory.
His opponent, born in Germany, is looking to make the most of his opportunity. Formell (22-0) will be making his United States debut in the proposed bout. He is looking to leave the country a winner.
“When my promoter Erol Ceylan called me, I said yes immediately – without even knowing the details,” Formell told Boxing Scene. “Porter is one of the best in the world and I have great respect for him, but I’m not flying to the United States to lose.”
Formella made his debut in 2015. He has only fought outside if Germany once, beating Krzysztof Szot in Sweden. The 33-year-old has ten wins via knockout and won his last three bouts via unanimous decision. Formella beat Thulani Mbenge for the IBO World Welterweight Title and defended it this past January, beating Roberto Arriaza.
While he won’t be defending his title, he will look to prove he is worthy of holding it. That is especially true considering his opponent.
Porter (30-3-1) is a former IBF Welterweight Champion. After losing to Keith Thurman for the WBA Welterweight Title, Porter beat Andre Berto and Adrian Granados in 2017. He would beat Danny Garcia for the WBC Welterweight Title and would retain it against Yordenis Ugas. Porter would end up losing the belt to Errol Spence Jr. last September in a Fight of the Year contender.
This is a major step up for Formella. Ceylan, his promoter, understands this. He is elated for his client, while also discussing the seriousness of the situation.
“This is the champions league of boxing. Since Sebastian has been under contract with us, we have worked towards this goal. Winning the IBO world championship last year was a big highlight, but this is the next level,” Ceylan stated.
All major events will be taking place inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.