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Shawn Porter: No Issues With Me Making 147

by David P. Greisman

It had seemed as if Shawn Porter was late for Friday’s weigh-in for his fight with Paulie Malignaggi. The emcee kept calling for Porter to report to the side of the stage, and he hadn’t yet.

And when the time came for Porter to step on the scales, he promptly stripped completely nude, towels held up around him to cover him up.

He came in at 146.8 pounds, below the welterweight limit. But the questions came up: Did he have any trouble making 147?

“We lost the weight the right way,” Porter told reporters on Saturday night, following his successful title defense via stoppage win over Paulie Malignaggi. “And as we got on the scale, we just… we didn’t want to leave any doubt, any question. We got on the scale, stripped all the way down and were .2 light.”

Porter said he was not working out in the last moments before the weigh-in.

Porter is listed as 5-foot-7 on BoxRec.com and as 5-foot-6 on Showtime’s pre-fight tale of the tape. He had been a middleweight in the amateurs, a division that had a limit of 165 pounds, which is what he weighed when he made his pro debut in 2008.

He eventually made his way down to junior middleweight, and finally to welterweight. He won his world title last December with a decision over Devon Alexander. He’s now 24-0-1 with 15 KOs, and his next fight could come against mandatory challenger Kell Brook.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Check_hooks on 04-21-2014

Porter would probably beat everyone at 147 except for Pacquiao/Prov Hes that good

Comment by `STEELHEAD on 04-21-2014

man he started out at 165lb and he's 5'5 1/2". dang he's as tall as he is wide. an apartment size refridgerator.

Comment by Tay Roc on 04-21-2014

Respect for stripping down to make weight. More fighters need to do this (Canelo).

Comment by Russian Crushin on 04-21-2014

He has worked his way down to WW over the years nicely. No reason to be very muscular and put yourself at a very big disadvantage at higher weights. He looks quick, powerful and full of stamina, WW seems great…

Comment by MaskedMurderer on 04-21-2014

Porter had to weigh in naked, so I say he already struggling just a tad bit.

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