Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Spence: I Felt Porter's Power; Tougher Than I Thought

LOS ANGELES – Errol Spence Jr. never was what he considered hurt Saturday night. (photo by Ryan Hafey)

But some of those flush punches Shawn Porter landed during their 12-round, 147-pound title fight let Spence know he was in the ring with a powerful opponent. Porter snapped back Spence’s head several times with right hands and attacked Spence’s body throughout a highly competitive clash Spence won by split decision at Staples Center.

“[I was] not necessarily hurt,” Spence said during the post-fight press conference, “but I did feel his power.”

spence-porter-fight-hafey (6)

Porter definitely felt Spence’s power, particularly in the 11th round. Spence’s perfect left hand cracked Porter directly on his jaw, which caused Porter’s legs to buckle and made him touch the canvas with his left glove.

The rugged Porter quickly recovered from that knockdown and continued giving Spence the most difficult fight of his six-year pro career.

“You know, he throw punches from different angles,” Spence said. “He real awkward. And I already knew he was gonna be tough, but you know, he was a lot tougher than I thought.”

Spence still fended off the former WBC welterweight champion and won on two of the judges’ scorecards.

California’s Rey Danesco (116-111) and New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld (116-111) scored Spence the winner of eight of the 12 rounds. The other judge – New Jersey’s Larry Hazzard Jr. – scored seven rounds for Porter (115-112).

The 29-year-old Spence (26-0, 21 KOs), of DeSoto, Texas, defended his IBF welterweight title for the fourth time and won the WBC championship from the 31-year-old Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs), of Akron, Ohio. Spence mentioned the possibility of a rematch and acknowledged that Porter provided the toughest test of his career.

“I always respect him as a fighter, him and his dad,” Spence said, referring to Ken Porter, Shawn’s father/trainer. “You know, I always respect what they did. I’ve been knowing them since the amateurs. And, you know, they always been top amateurs. He’s always been winning, always beating big guys in the amateurs and things like that. So, you know, it’s always a respect thing. But, you know, when it’s fight time and you’ve got somebody trying to take your belt, something you fought for for a long time, and trying to take food out your kids’ mouth, you know, it’s a lot of, you know, animosity get built up and a lot of frustration and things like that, because we’re doing tours and I’m looking at this dude and thinking about this dude for 10 weeks straight. So, it’s a lot of stuff get built up. So, I mean, it’s all over now. You know, I’ve been knowing him for a long time. You know, I’ve got a lot of love for Kenny and Shawn, and it’s all respect.”

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

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

The Spence Hate is out of hand here. Yeah, he has a lot of hype so I get some of the pusback, but that was a really hard fight. Porter looked as good as he can possibly look. He did…

Comment by _original_ on 10-01-2019

Spence looked highly flawed, honestly think Porter would win clearly in a rematch.

Comment by MONGOOSE66 on 10-01-2019

[QUOTE=Jrtxboiy;20093500]Exactly these mfs don't know boxing[/QUOTE] I think ALL todays welterweights are over rated. Cant compare them to Forrest, Delahoya, Pac, Trinidad & Moseley.

Comment by pasawayako on 10-01-2019

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;20091794]LOS ANGELES Errol Spence Jr. never was what he considered hurt Saturday night. But some of those flush punches Shawn Porter landed during their 12-round, 147-pound title fight let Spence know he was in the ring with a powerful opponent.…

Comment by MONGOOSE66 on 10-01-2019

[QUOTE=mxtali;20093435]Thurman was a full blown weltweught and danny ate his shots all night. That’s a decision fight 100%. Danny gonna be another stiff test just like Porter was.[/QUOTE] The difference is Thurman and Danny are scared to be hit. There…

Top Headlines
Alejandro Davila Very Motivated To Shock Serhii Bohachuck Shannon Briggs: Jones Having Second Thoughts? Tag Me In - I'll Fight Tyson! Villa Promoter: Ruben Will Rise To Occasion, Beat Emanuel Navarrete Jermell Charlo: Me & Jermall Will Leave Legacy Like Klitschko Brothers Chocolatito Will Head To Mexico To Finish Camp For Gonzalez Fight Euro News: Serrano-Mahfoud?, Faust, Olsen, Ziani, Much More Derevyanchenko Vows To Apply Pressure Early, Start Faster on Charlo Chris Kongo Confident That He Would Knock Conor Benn Out Roy Jones Jr. Putting in Work For Mike Tyson Clash Ricards Bolotniks Wants a 'Real Fight, Real War' With Hosea Burton Lomachenko To Lopez: If You Say Something - You Need To Prove It in The Ring! Josh Taylor: Not Often You Get To Fight For All The Belts, The Fight I Want Next Lubin: Gausha Was Badly Hurt; Could've Stopped Him If I Had 1 More Minute Spence on Charlo-Rosario: Jermell is Going To Try To Dominate, Knock This Dude Out Muhammad Ali Comparisons Are "Inappropriate" Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Nakathila's Promoter Open To Stevenson Fight For WBO Belt if Herring Vacated 2020 USA Boxing National Championships: Shreveport to Host Fury Dares Joshua: If I'm Old and Need To Retire - Come and Retire Me! Canelo vs. Yildirim WBC Purse Bid Postponed To October 6 Murat Gassiev's Return To Be Announced in Coming Weeks Jaron Ennis Boots In The Door Of Welterweight Title Contention Fury To Joshua: Vacate WBO Title, Forget Usyk, Fight Me in 2021 Sylvester Stallone on Tyson vs. Jones: It's Matching a 22 Against a 45 Dorticos Vows To Return To Miami With Muhammad Ali Trophy Lubin: Bouncing Back From KO Loss To Charlo Tells You A Lot About Me Rene Alvarado Training in Las Vegas For First Defense Nyambayar Edges Cobia Breedy in WBC Eliminator Jaron Ennis Crushes Juan Carlos Abreu in Six Rounds Tug Nyambayar: I Knew It Was Close, Surprised It Was Split Decision Showtime's Espinoza on Covid-19 Battle: 'I Was Dead To The World at That Point' Jose Pedraza Busts Up Javier Molina, Wins Wide Decision Frank Warren: Anthony Yarde Right Up There With The Best at 175 Erickson Lubin Boxes Past Terrell Gausha in WBC Eliminator Adrien Broner Back in January, Leo-Fulton To Be Rescheduled, More Efe Ajagba Lackluster in Decision Win Over Rice Robeisy Ramirez Shuts Out Felix Caraballo Over Eight Nurtas Azhbenov To Stay Busy With Harutyunyan in Almaty Hearn: Whyte Taking Povetkin Rematch So Quickly is Extremely Dangerous Devin Haney vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa Deal in Place, Says Manager Francisco Fonseca Gets Second Round KO, Wants Title Fight Next
Latest Forum Threads