His win over Danny Garcia will always hold a special place in the heart of Shawn Porter, the feat marking the start of his second welterweight title reign.
It’s a moment in time he’s not averse to reliving, though not so much the lone successful title defense he made during such time.
The former two-time welterweight titlist confessed to his 12-round nod over Philadelphia’s Garcia (35-2, 21KOs) serving as the proudest moment of his pro career to date, during a recent interview on Impact Network’s Stars and Champions: Special Edition series. Both are current welterweight contenders and former titlists, and fight under the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) banner.
If push comes to shove, there exists a window of opportunity, at least on one side to one day run it back.
“Maybe,” Porter confessed, though without follow-up as the question was posed during the ‘Lightning Round’ segment of the show.
It’s likely a moot point for the immediate future, as Garcia is likely heading to a fall showdown versus Porter’s most recent conqueror, unbeaten and unified welterweight titlist Errol Spence (26-0, 21KOs). Porter conceded his belt to Spence via split decision in their memorable 12-round unification clash last September in Los Angeles.
Another question which was strangely saved for that portion rather than having been discussed at full length was his closest and most debatable win to date. Porter managed a 12-round decision over Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas (25-3, 12KOs) last March, in a nip-and-tuck affair he’d clearly rather not revisit.
Porter needed two tries in order to make weight for their Fox-televised main event, having to get an impromptu haircut in order to hit the 147-pound mark. Scores were all over the place on fight night, with Ugas claiming a 117-111 nod on the card of Zachary Young, with judges Max DeLuca and Steve Morrow ruling in in favor of Porter by scores of 115-113 and 116-112, respectively.
The decision was met with mixed reaction—as should any split decision—but with Ugas denied the win in his first world title bid. The 33-year old has since rebounded with decisive wins over previously unbeaten Brandon Figueroa and, most recently, Mike Dallas Jr. to punch his way back into title contention.
Ugas’ win over Figueroa was a title eliminator, although he’ll have at least wait out the winner of Spence-Garcia and likely at least one fight longer than that before cashing in that chip. Porter has remained lukewarm to a showdown versus unbeaten titlist Terence Crawford (36-0, 27KOs), at least until the sport is able to play to a healthier market. With his own options limited—remaining a longshot in the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes—a rematch with Ugas would seem ideal, putting the winner in prime position to challenge any of the welterweight elite.
Or so one would think.
“No,” Porter insisted when asked if he’d consider part two. “Been there, done that.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox