Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team

Boxing Champions |  Boxing Schedule |  Boxing Video  |  Boxing History   |  Pound For Pound  | The Wire |  Audio  |  Arcade
Shawn Porter's Standing, Worth Continues To Increase - Boxing News
 
Follow BoxingScene
 
Advertisement
BoxingScene Archive
 Boxing Articles
 Boxing Interviews
 Breaking News
 Boxing Press Releases
 Boxing Results
 World Boxing News
Search BoxingScene

>>>Advanced Search<<<
                                                                                                                                                            ...............

 Last update:  5/16/2014       Read more by Mark Staniforth         
   
Shawn Porter's Standing, Worth Continues To Increase
Mobile Version Share Click Here To Email   Search BoxingScene Database 

By Mark Staniforth

When Ohio welterweight Shawn Porter scored a unanimous decision victory over Devon Alexander to win the IBF welterweight title in Brooklyn in December it was widely considered a significant upset.

Notwithstanding a 2011 technical loss to Timothy Bradley, Alexander had done little wrong at the top level and was still considered a significant player.

In contrast, Porter appeared to be have been plucked out of the realm of also-rans to his title shot - unbeaten, but having hardly done anything to suggest his impending elevation to true world title recognition.

Porter's win was both good and bad news for Sheffield contender Kell Brook, who had seen a projected tilt at Alexander scrapped three times in 2013, and had been hoping an Alexander win would finally pave the way to their belated meeting.

Instead, his team had to look to do a deal with Porter, with the IBF mandating the pair must face off prior to July 19, and Brook forgiven if he thought his route to a title finally looked a lot easier.

However, things started to change when Porter made his first defence against Brooklyn veteran Paulie Malignaggi in Washington DC in April and enhanced his status no end with an emphatic fourth-round stoppage win.

Suddenly, the boxing world seemed to wake up to Porter - and the silence concerning the projected showdown between the champion and Brook became ever more worrying for the British fighter.

Veteran champion Bernard Hopkins, on whose undercard Porter claimed his breakthrough win, was effusive in his praise of the Ohio fighter.

"This guy is the real deal," Hopkins said on Showtime TV. "I must say he stole the show because of a fantastic knockout. He was a disciplined star."

Asked about the prospect of continuing to fight and beat younger fighters, Hopkins added: "If they were Porter, I'd be running the other way.

"That's the best answer and a great answer. They're not Porter, is all I can tell you. This guy is the truth."

While Porter faces the prospect of being stripped of his title if he fails to put his title on the line against Brook, it may no longer be quite so straight-forward.

There is probably more money to be made elsewhere - not least in a projected showdown with Amir Khan, who successfully moved up to welterweight with a win over Luis Collazo, and who believes for one that the Porter-Brook fight will not happen.

No doubt motivated by the opportunity to take a dig at his long-time domestic rival, Khan said: "I don't think Kell has got the bottle to take a big fight like that.

"He's always been all talk when it comes to the big fights. Some fighters are like that."

Time does appear to be running out when it comes to sorting the contest within the IBF-set deadline, and Porter's promoters Golden Boy hardly seemed enamoured with the prospect in the wake of the Malignaggi win.

"If he's next in line, then he's next in line," said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer. "We're not really worried about anybody."

Mark Staniforth covers boxing for PA Sport.

Tags: Shawn Porter



 User Comments and Feedback (must register to comment)

comment by PittyPat, on 05-16-2014
[quote]Notwithstanding a 2011 technical loss to Timothy Bradley, Alexander had done little wrong at the top level[/quote] Pfft, yeah right. :rolleyes: Those bullshit gift decisions over Kotelnik and Matthysse, not to mention the atrocious Bailey fight (a WFOTY candidate) were all stains on him...

comment by Bronx2245, on 05-16-2014
[QUOTE=WESS]Porter vs Brook or Khan is cool with me. Winner fights Thurman. That winner gets Mayweather in May or September 2015.[/QUOTE]Who did Brook beat to become the mandatory? I hope he backs out, so we can get Porter vs. Thurman this year.

comment by WESS, on 05-16-2014
Porter vs Brook or Khan is cool with me. Winner fights Thurman. That winner gets Mayweather in May or September 2015.

Post A Comment/View More User Comments (3) 

   
 Top Headlines
 Advertisement
 
 MMA Headlines
 
 Related Articles
  Tyson Fury Admits Chisora Remat...
  Adrian Hernandez Targets Roman ...
  Bryan Vasquez-Sergio Thompson o...
  Castillo Tells Provodnikov: Thi...
  Steffen Andersen Begins His Com...
  Bedak To Go Forward With WBO Eu...
  De La Hoya To Make a Push For M...
  Khan-Alexander Clash is Picked ...
  Tyson Fury Threatens To Shave H...
  Weights from Moscow: Provodniko...

 Latest Active Forum Threads
Latest Active Threads
 Advertisement

 


Advertisement



Privacy Policy - Submit News - Feedback - Site Map - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2003-2014 BoxingScene LLC. All rights reserved.