Former two-time welterweight titlist Shawn Porter has a big interest in what happens on Saturday between Errol Spence Jr and Danny Garcia, as he’s a lead candidate to face the winner of that fight, either of which would be a rematch.
Porter edged a decision over Garcia in 2018, and lost a close, exciting bout with Spence last year. The 33-year-old Porter (31-3-1, 17 KO) remains a top contender and top name at 147 pounds, and spoke about Saturday’s bout and more on The Jake Asman Show on SportsMap Radio.
“I think it’s important for Danny to start fast, I think it’s important for Danny to be in Errol Spence’s grill, be in his face,” Porter said. “Even if he isn’t aggressive and putting Errol against the ropes and banging him up for 12 rounds, I think he definitely has to get in Errol’s face and let Errol know that there’s nowhere he can go that Danny won’t be. I think Danny needs to make him understand very, very quickly that he’s in a fight.
“On the other side, I think as long as Errol uses his jab, uses his boxing ability, I think that it’s a fight that he can win even though he’s coming off a long layoff.”
How to Watch Spence vs Garcia
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 | Start Time: 9:00 pm ET
Location: AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
Stream: FOX Sports PPV | TV: PPV (US) / Premier Sports (UK)
Online Coverage: BadLeftHook.com
Porter was also asked about the most-desired fight that fans have at welterweight these days, a potential showdown between Spence (if he’s victorious on Saturday) and Terence Crawford, which would potentially unify three of the four world titles. Porter said he believes that will come down to both guys basically forcing the fight simply by saying it’s the one they want, but that it will have to happen at the same time.
As for Crawford, Porter reportedly had the green light from PBC to negotiate to face “Bud” early this year, but nothing came of it. He said, though, that Crawford is actually the fight he’d most like next for himself, and that he expects it will be either Crawford or the Spence-Garcia winner.
“Honestly, I’ll fight whoever, but the preference is Terence Crawford, simply because you guys have not seen me against Terence,” he said. “You know it was a good, close fight with Errol Spence Jr and a good, close fight with Danny Garcia. Styles make fights, and now my style needs to be set up with Terence Crawford. That’s also a great, exciting fight.”
Porter also talked about last weekend’s Tyson-Jones bonanza, Snoop Dogg’s commentary, and much more, so check out the segment, it’s a quick 12 minutes and as usual Porter’s an engaging interview.