What Is Shawn Porter Looking To Prove Against Sebastian Formella?
A former champion, Shawn Porter has a desire to return to the promised land. After months of inactivity, Porter will get that opportunity as he faces off against Sebastian Formella this Saturday, August 22 on FOX.
A Las Vegas native, Porter (30-3-1) stayed away from boxing when the coronavirus pandemic first hit the United States. After years of fighting all over, he focused on family and staying safe. He believes the time off helped him focus on the big picture in life. Training with his dad Ken since April, Porter is ready to become one of the first boxers to represent Premier Boxing Champions in its return.
“I think the quarantine helped me,” Porter stated. “When this all began, I just took some time, and I believe that it refreshed and rejuvenated me. It gave me the opportunity to make some adjustments and we’ve all grown from it. Once I knew that we were coming back to boxing, I wanted to take on the responsibility of bringing big-time boxing back. I’m one of the first big names to come back and I’m proud to represent my team and my family by getting back in the ring sooner than later.”
Making his professional debut in 2008, Porter had a 25-fight unbeaten streak snapped by Kell Brook in 2014. He would lose the IBF Welterweight Title in the process, a title he won against Devon Alexander the year before. Porter has faced and beaten the likes of Paulie Malignaggi, Adrien Broner, Andrew Berto, Danny Garcia, and Yordenis Ugas. He won the WBC Welterweight Title against Garcia and would lose it to Errol Spence Jr. back in September in a Fight of the Year contender.
Porter faces off against a guy in Formella (22-0) who has only fought outside of Germany once. 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.
The winner of the bout will determine the WBC Silver Welterweight Champion. It could also be an eliminator bout, something that Porter is looking forward to. For Porter, a win could help when it comes to his ultimate goal.
“By fighting an eliminator on Saturday, we believe we can be back in a world title fight the next time we’re in the ring,” Porter went on to say. “For me, any improvement is about more than just hard work… The statement is that I’m still here. I’ve had three losses, but I haven’t gone anywhere. I’m still here fighting at an elite level and that’s what they’re going to see in this fight.”