Welterweight contender Shawn Porter (31–3–1, 17 KOs) has once again put himself in position to become a major player at 147-pounds.
On November 20 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Porter will face WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
Back in 2019, Porter lost a highly competitive twelve round decision to Errol Spence in an IBF/WBC unification clash.
Porter has fought the best fighters in his weight class and traditionally has lost very close decisions - against Kell Brook (2014), Keith Thurman (2016) and Spence (2019).
However, he is 10–3 with three knockouts over his past 13 fights, with seven of those wins coming against current or former champions.
A win over Crawford (37–0, 28 KOs) would catapult him to the top of the weight class.
“The best thing about me is I’m constantly fighting and beating the top guys in the division,” said Porter to Zenger News.
“My mindset is to stay healthy, continue getting into the ring with the best guys in the world and putting on the best performances. Right now, in terms of the caliber of the opponent and timing, Terence Crawford is the pinnacle. It doesn’t get any better than that.
“At one point in time it was Errol Spence, and, obviously, we know how our fight played out. But due to [Spence’s] injuries sustained in the [car] accident and his eye [injury], that decreases the intensity of what could happen in a rematch between us. If you’re talking about everyone who is considered to be the No. 1 guy at welterweight, there are things I’ve displayed consistently that translate into me being that No. 1 guy.
“When it comes to resiliency and staying power, there is no one in the division better than I am. My whole thing has always been that ‘until I’m done with this, I’m going to get the most out of it.’ My saying is to ‘Ride until the wheels fall off.’ I don’t feel as if my wheels are anywhere close to falling off.”