Why Not Errol Spence vs Shawn Porter 2?
On September 28, 2019 we were treated to a back-and-forth brawl between the Tasmania devil-like Shawn Porter and Errol Spence. The fight was even good enough to immediately usurp the Julian Williams vs Jarrett Hurd or the Keith Thurman vs Manny Pacquiao bouts as the favorite for fight of the year. So, why aren’t we talking about an immediate rematch?
After the conclusion of his post-fight interview, we were introduced to Spence’s next opponent in Danny Garcia. No disrespect to Garcia, but what has he done to warrant an opportunity to face Spence?
Let’s discuss. He’s 1-1 in his last two fights having lost to Shawn Porter for the vacant WBC welterweight title last September. Although, he did bounce back with a knockout victory over Adrian Granados in April, to me that simply won’t cut it.
Although, an argument he could make is his ranking. The WBC has him #1 and the IBF positioned him at #4; the two sanctioning bodies Spence is the champion of.
However, barring Spence versus either Manny Pacquiao or Terence Crawford, an immediate rematch with Porter does make sense to me.
Porter, a two-time welterweight champion, has proven himself an elite fighter at welterweight. Say what you want about his fighting style and whether he’s dirty or not. The fact remains he’s a fighter that has never been knocked out nor clearly dominated, and he’s fought some great fighters.
The type of performance he displayed against Spence Jr wasn’t a fluke. Go back to June 2016 where he and Keith Thurman gave us a great fight that saw Porter push Thurman to the max.
If you ask me, over any other fighter not named Pacquiao or Crawford, he should be the next fight for the unified champion.
By: Jerrell Fletcher