Porter Vows Statement: I'll Let Thurman Know I'm Coming For Him!

By Carlos Boogs

Shawn Porter has promised to make a big statement on Saturday night, when he faces Andre Berto in a battle of former welterweight champions from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) vs. Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) has been approved as a final eliminator for the WBC welterweight title. The fight will be televised by Showtime.

The winner will get a mandatory crack at WBC, WBA unified world champion Keith Thurman.

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Last June, at the same Brooklyn venue, Porter lost a twelve round decision to Thurman in a very exciting contest. Porter has not fought since that defeat.

Thurman returned to the ring last month to win a decision over undefeated Danny Garcia to unify the WBC, WBA world titles.

Berto, like Porter, is also hungry for a world title shot. After losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2015, Berto bounced back with a revenge knockout of Victor Ortiz last April in California.

Porter not only wants to win - he wants to make a statement that sends a loud message to Thurman.

"We prepared for everything. We're prepared for 12 rounds. We're prepared to throw the right punches to slow him down and knock him down. We're prepared to outbox him or to be aggressive and take the fight to him. This is a very important fight for me. I've watched Berto since the amateurs and on into the pros. I've seen him do it all. I've seen the best of his career and the worst. I'm going to do what it takes to end up on the right side of this," Porter said.

"I was at the Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia and I thought that it could have been me that night. But I've reminded myself that my time is coming and this is the first step towards that. I'm going to let Keith Thurman know that I'm coming for him. I'm going to make sure that he knows that I want him. I'm going to do everything I can to get that fight after I get past this one."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by robbyheartbaby on 04-20-2017

Garcia vs Porter for the right to get that rematch, errbody can't be rematching Thurman damn. I would love to see Thurman face the winner of Brook/Spence or Manny/Horn, good fights there.

Comment by future hendrixx on 04-20-2017

dont sleep on Berto... that sneaky uppercut can fold Porter in half if timed correctly. Porter rushes in like a running back.. be careful what you run into.

Comment by John Locke on 04-20-2017

I'd love to see Shawn fight Khan then Danny before rematching Thurman, I think he beats both.

Comment by John Locke on 04-20-2017

I think it's a matter of when rather than if with this rematch. I'd rather not see it right away though, maybe a few more fights down the line.

Comment by lex_fugitive on 04-20-2017

Porter did good enough for a rematch to be possible. I think Thurman would win much easier and more decisively the second go though. Would rather see Garcia get the rematch, I think Garcia could beat Thurman, if he let…

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