Shawn Porter Dominates Sebastian Formella
As expected, former world welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (31-3-1, 17 KO’s) outclassed German import Sebastian Formella (22-1 10 KO’s) and picked up a lopsided unanimous decision win. The stay-busy mauling comprised the main event of the FOX Boxing telecast and served as an IBF title eliminator.
From his own admission, at the time that they signed the contract, Porter was unaware of who Formella was. He had never heard of him, let alone thought about facing him. Fortunately for the German, or perhaps not, Showtime was not interested so much in facing a big name. For Porter, simply returning to the ring quickly after the quarantine outweighed the importance of the opponent’s name value.
Porter opened up with a standard feel-out round and utilized a thunder jab. An admitted mover, Formella opted to use his jab and circle around the ring. Showtime’s father and chief second Kenny Porter did not care for the pace and instructed his son to put the hurt on Formella. Porter wasted no time in doing so.
Like magic, the Cleveland native came off his stool in the second fighting like the smothering whirlwind that we’ve all come to know. Despite the success that he enjoyed doing so, with the coming of the third, Porter completely switched gears again. Now he was bouncing on his toes right in front of Formella, daring him to throw first.
When the German did take the lead, he was routinely cracked in the mouth. Porter also launched a grimace-inducing body shot during this period. Outside of a scoring with occasional jabs and hard straight-rights, Formella was largely confused and stuck in neutral.
During the fifth period, Porter was able to string together longer and longer unanswered punch combinations. By doing so, Formella was forced to retreat and soak up battle damage. In the face of his considerable adversity, the German proved that if nothing else, he was tough!
He was still trying to make something happen but he did not have the in-ring know-how, or physical strength, to thwart the hard-charging Shawn Porter. This pretty much defined the remainder of the prizefight. Formella landed here and there and got beat in between.
When cards were read, Shawn Porter won every single round in the eyes of all three judges. With the win, Porter will get the first shot at the winner of IBF and WBC world welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s) and Danny “Swift” Garcia (36-2, 21 KO’s). Porter has fought both men. On September 8, 2018 Showtime defeated Garcia by unanimous decision but lost to Spence on September 28, 2019 by way of split decision in the Fight of the Year.
Spence and Garcia are scheduled to mix-it up this November 21.
By: Bakari Simpson