Spence’s Coach: Porter is Getting KO’d
Derrick James says with the gameplan he’s been preparing Errol Spence Jr. with, he’s confident his fighter will knock out Shawn Porter when they meet in their September 28 WBC/IBF welterweight title unification bout.
Spence has been a dominating figure in boxing since his professional debut, stopping 21 of the 25 foes he’s had across from him in the ring. He knocked out Kell Brook late in their May 2017 fight in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England, to claim the IBF belt and retained it with finishes of Lamont Peterson and Carlos Ocampo in 2018.
Spence’s most recent fight also marked his first time as a pay-per-view headliner, when he took on four-division world champion and then-fellow unbeaten fighter Mikey Garcia. It was a completely one-sided affair that Spence went on to win by a wide unanimous decision.
Considering Spence’s finishing ability, and despite Garcia’s credentials, Spence faced some criticism for not being able to get the KO/TKO. James says that won’t happen this time around against Porter.
“Both fighters are very familiar with each other and that should make this a really exciting fight for boxing fans,” James said. “Shawn and Errol are both going to have to make adjustments on the fly and whoever executes better is going to be victorious. Errol is ready to go 12 rounds if he needs, but we know that we have a game plan to get this knockout. It’s definitely something that Errol is looking for to make the statement that he wants.
“I know that Errol is focused only on what he has in front of him. He knows the style that Shawn brings into the ring and because of it, you have to be mentally there 100 percent. Or he can wear you down. I don’t expect Errol to have any trouble with any aggressive tactics from Shawn.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene