Errol Spence: I Showed I'm A Real Dog, Can Take A Shot

LOS ANGELES – Errol Spence Jr. admits Shawn Porter tested him like none of his previous 25 opponents had done. (photo by Ryan Hafey)

The rugged Porter pushed Spence to his limits during their 12-round, 147-pound title unification fight Saturday night at Staples Center. Porter’s physicality forced the unbeaten Spence to dig deep, withstand some punishing punches and find ways to fend off the gritty, persistent Porter.

As difficult a fight as it was, Spence spoke proudly during their post-fight press conference about disproving skeptics that questioned how the strong southpaw would respond during a dogfight against an opponent he couldn’t knock out.

“It was a lot of questions,” Spence said. “Shawn and their camp questioned, you know, that I never been tested before, I’ve never been hit with a great shot before, I never been uncomfortable before. And I think it showed a lot that, you know, I’m a real dog and I do have a lot of grit, and I do have a lot of ability to, you know, withstand a shot, take a shot, and give a couple back.”

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Spence dropped Porter with a picture-perfect left hand late in the 11th round and won a split decision in their FOX Sports Pay-Per-View main event. 

The 29-year-old Spence convinced two judges – California’s Rey Danesco (116-111) and New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld (116-111) – that he won their close, physical fight. The other judge – New Jersey’s Larry Hazzard Jr. – scored their fight for Porter (115-112).

The relentless Porter pressured Spence into fighting the way that benefited the former WBC and IBF champion. They often fought from the inside, where Spence and Porter pummeled one another at times with brutal body shots.

When asked if he fought Porter’s fight, Spence disagreed during their post-fight press conference. Instead, Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) applauded Porter’s toughness and gave Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs) credit for having better boxing skills than he would admit when they were promoting their fight.

“I don’t think I played into Shawn game plan,” Spence said, “because I said throughout this whole, you know, tour and throughout training camp that, you know, I was gonna try to get the knockout. And that’s what I tried to do, but, you know, Shawn’s tough, he’s a real competitor and have a ton of heart. So, even if I did hurt him, you know, he’ll come back with shots. You know, so I tried to do it, but it just didn’t happen.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by SHO_RULEZ on 10-01-2019

[QUOTE=lowblows420;20093111]Spents talks about Porter being a dirty fighter... I counted 13 low blows and the ref didn't say sht lol Spents is Andre Ward 2.0 watch your crotches everybody![/QUOTE] Probably was used to an opponent with such a low center…

Comment by lowblows420 on 10-01-2019

A real dog? What's hillarious is Garcia and Porter two real dogs walked spents down. While spents is bragging about taking shots from smaller dudes he also can't stop them! LOL

Comment by downsouthridah on 10-01-2019

Some of these comments on this thread is asinine. Porter has a helluva of a chin and is not feather fisted. He was at a catchweight of 143 when Broner dropped him not 147. Gamboa whose is a featherweight had…

Comment by Ake-Dawg on 10-01-2019

[QUOTE=pasawayako;20093897]So spence will low blow, headbut, elbow and wrestling pac? lmao.[/QUOTE] It won't matter if he does or doesn't. You will watch the fight for something to cry about afterwards if your guy doesn't win. It's in the hater playbook…

Comment by Roadblock on 10-01-2019

He already showed he was a dog in the Brook fight, its obvious Errol is determined and will commit to winning.

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