Shawn Porter’s Message Screams Danger for Errol Spence Jr.

Published 11/22/2021, 5:00 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Referee Jack Reiss in in the ring with Erroll Spence Jr. after he defeated Shawn Porter in their IBF & WBC World Welterweight Championship fight at Staples Center on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Spence, Jr won by decision. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Two-belt unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. saw his former opponent Shawn Porter suffer a horrific loss via TKO against Terence Crawford on Saturday night. Porter, who could last for all 12-rounds against Spence Jr. in 2019, couldn’t even make it to the championship rounds this time.

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After 36 pro appearances, Porter now has a stoppage loss on his resume. And while several boxers, including Spence Jr. had claimed to stop Shawn Porter in-ring, only ‘Bud’ Crawford could do so. The existing welterweight division touts Crawford and Spence Jr. as two of the best in the slot.

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A fight between them will also see the WBC, IBF, and WBO titles go up for grabs in a massive unification bout. However, Shawn Porter’s recent claims may not sit well with ‘The Truth’. Comparing his former opponents, Crawford and Spence Jr., Porter made some bombarding revelations.

‘Showtime’ said, “I felt like the fight with Errol Spence, going 12 rounds, was not as tough as fighting Terence Crawford.”

The fight between Porter and Spence Jr. was a 12-round slugfest. It’s still one of the best welterweight clashes of recent times where both the contenders pushed each other to the limits. Errol Spence Jr. came across a vicious version of Shawn Porter but managed to secure a win via decision. However, it was a different scene when Terence Crawford stepped up to face ‘Showtime’.

‘Bud’ dominated the fight from the very beginning and didn’t let Porter offer much heat. Although Shawn Porter offered his best, he couldn’t match Crawford’s abilities and fell prey in the 10 round.

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Will Errol Spence Jr. be able to fare strongly against Terence Crawford?

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Errol Spence Jr. vs Terence Crawford makes a lot of sense right now. All the welterweight titleholders have had their fair share of wins recently. WBA titlist Yordenis Ugas also cracked up Manny Pacquiao in August to retain his WBA strap. Hence, a fight between Spence Jr. and Crawford can bring the WBC, IBF, and WBO titles under one roof, with Ugas holding the WBA belt.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 09: Terence Crawford celebrates his victory after a TKO in the 9th round in the WBO welterweight title between Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford are both unbeaten and are arguably the best at 147 lbs. But Crawford’s vast experience and recent division title win put him in a superior position than Spence Jr.

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But given boxing’s unpredictability, Spence Jr shall have his chances. Unless the champions lock horns in the ring it will be hard to predict an outcome. Nevertheless, the current scenario gives a slight edge to Terence Crawford, who is now 38-0 as a professional.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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