Porter: Spence Isn't an Option Next; I'm Not Ranked By the IBF

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Shawn Porter acknowledged part of the reason he came to Barclays Center on Saturday night was to scout Errol Spence Jr.

Spence still isn’t an option for Porter’s next fight. Like Spence, Porter prefers to fight Keith Thurman.

Porter lost a close unanimous decision to Thurman in an entertaining welterweight title fight in June 2016 at Barclays Center and wants a rematch as soon as possible. The former IBF welterweight champion is the mandatory challenger for Thurman’s WBC 147-pound championship, thus he’ll eventually get his second shot at the unbeaten WBA/WBC champ unless someone knocks off Thurman before Porter gets the chance.


With Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) headed toward a fight against Jessie Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs) in April, however, Porter might have to wait quite some time to face Thurman again. That still won’t make Porter consider what would be a lucrative opportunity to challenge Spence for his IBF title.

“Right now it’s not an option because it’s the IBF,” Porter told a group of reporters Saturday night. “I’m not sure if I’m ranked in [the IBF]. I’ve been told I’m not. I don’t know for sure because I don’t look at the rankings. But I’m actually told I’m not ranked in the IBF. I don’t know for sure, which is crazy. I need to be ranked everywhere. But it is what it is, so right now [Spence] is not gonna be my next fight. Like I said, it’s Keith Thurman and, if we have to, we’ll look somewhere else.”

Las Vegas’ Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) is still dealing with a minor hand injury suffered during his 10-round, unanimous-decision win over Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 12 KOs) on November 4 at Barclays Center. The Akron, Ohio, native expects to be able to use his hand again soon and could fight either late in the spring or early in the summer.

Spence (23-0, 20 KOs), who dominated Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) on his way to an eighth-round technical knockout Saturday night, is more than willing to oppose Porter next. The strong, skillful southpaw from suburban Dallas will have to seek another opponent, though, for what he hopes will be a hometown fight in May or June.

“I’m doing everything I can do to make these fights happen,” Porter said. “So this year you will see Shawn Porter in the ring with Keith Thurman. If not Keith Thurman, then Danny Garcia.”

Philadelphia’s Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) is scheduled to battle Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) on February 17 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas (Showtime).

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sosay on 01-27-2018

[QUOTE=greeneye99;18426233]Porter is mandatory to WBC you want him to give that up that spot to fight Spence?[/QUOTE] Bro, I dont care about titles enough to differentiate or have a preference of which is more important. We all see Thurman AND…

Comment by Raggamuffin on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=alexguiness;18428903]Bud reminds me of Floyd when it comes to punch power, not heavy handed but he lands clean and gets your attention. You don't need power if you can do that and box.[/QUOTE] Exactly. Bud saps your power, outboxes you…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=JWHardin;18426834]Porter could have fought Spence for his belt[/QUOTE] False. Porter was not offered the Spence fight last year. [QUOTE]but chose to fight Granados instead[/QUOTE] False. Porter was not offered the Spence fight last year. [QUOTE]waiting on Thurman. Porter said he…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=SchoolTheseCats;18425423]Porter doesn’t even have to be ranked can be voluntarily defense[/QUOTE] You are misinformed. That isn't how boxing works. The champion can only defend against ranked fighters. That is why promoters spend the money to get their fighters ranked by…

Comment by alexguiness on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;18427592]The Horn fight is made and Bud has skills. Power plays a part in boxing but power can nullified by a good boxer.[/QUOTE] Bud reminds me of Floyd when it comes to punch power, not heavy handed but he lands…

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