Shawn Porter Gives His Thoughts On Errol Spence Jr.’s Return
If there is someone who knows a thing or two about facing the top fighters in welterweight, it is Shawn Porter. The former WBC Welterweight Champion will have a great view as he watches the return of Errol Spence Jr. against Danny Garcia.
Porter (30-3-1) knows these two very well. The 32-year-old beat Garcia (36-2) for the WBC Welterweight Title in 2018, but would lose it two fights later to Spence (26-0) in September. The fight against the latter was considered a true Fight of the Year candidate. Not long after, Spence was involved in an accident.
Charged with a DUI, Spence wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. He suffered lacerations to his face and damage to his teeth. While he may not be close to 100%, Spence believes he is ready to return to the ring and defend his WBC and IBF Welterweight Titles. Who does Porter think will win the fight?
“I need a few rounds,” Porter stated, via Boxing Scene. “I need to know that Errol Spence is the normal and the same Errol Spence that he’s always been. And as soon as I can see that, then I can make a conscious decision on who I think is gonna win the fight. But I think if Errol Spence is any less than he was against me, that’s gonna be a very great fight and a fight that Danny Garcia could very well walk out of the ring as the winner.”
Spence turned professional in 2012. He beat Kell Brook back in 2017 to win the IBF Welterweight Title. September would be when he gained the WBC Welterweight Title from Porter.
Garcia is 3-2 in his last five fights. A former Light-Welterweight Champion, Garcia won the WBC Welterweight Title in 2016 against Robert Guerrero. He lost the title when facing Keith Thurman and ended up losing to Porter for the vacant title a year later. “Swift” recently beat Ivan Redkach via unanimous decision back in January. The two were supposed to face off in January before Spence’s accident.
Porter will be a part of the FOX PPV broadcast when Spence and Garcia face off against one another. He wants to see the best from Spence, as a comeback following an accident like that would be an incredible story.
“You know what? Errol’s gotta be tough,” Porter went on to say. “He’s gotta be – everything’s gotta be right. Physically, mentally, emotionally, the whole nine. And it’s only gonna take me a few rounds to see Errol Spence be Errol Spence. And from there, I’ll be able to see, you know, who’s gonna be able to win that fight.”
The fight, along with Porter’s return against Sebastian Formella, will be taking place inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.