Shawn Porter is set to return to action on Saturday (FOX, 8 pm ET) with an eliminator bout at welterweight against unbeaten Sebastian Formella.
Will Porter stay in the title mix at 147 pounds? Our staffers make their picks.
I kind of expect Porter to come out a bit slow in this one, and Formella might seem well in it for four or five rounds. He’s not a terrible fighter or anything, he knows his way around the ring, he can box a bit. But at some point I expect Porter’s usual physicality to take over, for him to get in Formella’s grill consistently and grind him down. That is, unless Porter is drained and has to Box again, as he did against Yordenis Ugas to near-disastrous results, and even then I think he’d probably manage a way to get past Formella, who is not Ugas.
Long story short, I just don’t think Formella has the tools to beat Porter. He’s not a puncher and even if he were, Porter’s an incredibly tough guy who can take a shot. Nobody gets by Shawn Porter without a real fight, and I don’t think Formella can get past him, period. Porter TKO-10
You know, I’d like to hope that this fight will turn out to be better than it looks on paper, but I’m just not convinced. Porter is just a rough-and-tumble fighter that comes into each fight in great condition, and really, I don’t think anyone genuinely looks forward to a fight with Porter. I expect Formella to be in the ring with something he’s not accustomed to dealing with, and Porter to just wear on him until he eventually breaks under the pressure. Porter TKO-8
Patrick L. Stumberg
Just to be clear, Sebastian Formella is not a bad fighter; he moves well, puts together nice combinations, is the taller man by several inches, and could seriously frustrate Porter if “Showtime’s” ring cutting proves lacking. Unfortunately for the German, he lacks the power to seriously trouble Porter or convince him to abandon his customary mauling style. Even if he does successfully play keep-away for a while, he’s not going to do enough damage to offset what blows Porter manages to slip through.
Formella will need to stay on his bike for 12 rounds while landing enough to outshine Porter’s more powerful and eye-catching shots, all while dealing with some truly exhausting pressure. I don’t think he’s got it in him. Porter steadily breaks him down for a late finish. Porter TKO-10
I gotta be honest, until Scott’s email came in I had no idea this fight was happening. I’m still not really overly conscious of it. I’m not shitting on it completely – these kinda fights are bound to start springing up now cards are beginning to build. I whizzed through Formella’s July 2019 win over the previously unbeaten Thulani Mbenge and didn’t learn an awful lot – just that the German isn’t a power puncher and looked pretty leggy late in the fight.
I’ve always liked Porter and it’ll be nice to see him spring back quickly after the Spence thriller. I’m sure he will. He’s only stopped Berto in his last five victories but I fancy Showtime to put on a show in LA. Porter TKO-10