Porter on Spence Fight: “I’m The One Who Sold This Pay-Per-View!”

Shawn Porter Takes Credit For the PPV Buys While Errol Spence Dismisses His Statement!

Shawn Porter and Errol Spence
Shawn Porter (left) and Errol Spence (right).

Errol Spence and Shawn Porter Trade Shots in Post-Fight Presser! 

Before their instant classic in the Staples Center, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s) and Shawn “Showtime” Porter (30-3-2, 17 KO’s) engaged in a fierce war of words. Their tension was real and the rivalry was tangible. Their mutual desire to best the other and establish their own divisional dominance made for an entertaining, action packed fight.

Ultimately, Spence would usurp Porter’s belt and walk away the unified IBF and WBC welterweight champion of the world.

Directly after the conclusion of the bout, each fighter bestowed their recent adversary with a great deal of respect and admiration. This show of reverence continued during the post-fight presser held back stage.

Well, this show of respect lasted for a small period of time at least! After being prodded by questions from the media Spence easily admitted that Showtime had far more skill and grit than he’d given him credit for. Being gracious in defeat, rather than pointing to underhanded officials, Porter conceded the victory to the Truth.

Although, when the topic of who sold the pay-per-view arose, all those prim and proper civilities went right out the window!

With the can of worms popped open, Showtime quickly took credit for moving the lion’s share of at home pay-per-view buys. Spence incredulously countered that Porter couldn’t sell out a stadium anywhere. Going a step further, the Truth charged Porter as being “a man with no land.”

“I’m pretty sure I’m the one who sold this pay-per-view! […] My point is, he ain’t the pay-per-view star he think he is.”

Shawn Porter – former WBC welterweight champion

Shawn Porter was born in Cleveland, Oh, raised in Akron, but now lives in Las Vegas. Even though he’s moved through all these territories, Porter has never really established a serious foothold in any of those local markets.

This is what Spence was aiming to ridicule with his sharp condemnation. Shortly after the two pugilists turned surly, and the presser turned contentious, the event was shut down.

“What did you sell? You didn’t promote nothing. I was at the Cowboys Stadium and things like that. You wasn’t doing nothing. Cleveland Browns didn’t invite you out to do nothing!

“[…] You fight in Vegas, you from Cleveland…you a man with no land! […] The only reason you on pay-per-view is because you fighting me, so sit down somewhere!

“[…] You can’t even sell out an arena. What arena can you sell out by yourself?”

Errol Spence Jr – Unified welterweight champion

Following their barn-burner there would be few individuals who would nay-say a rematch between Porter and Spence. To say the least, a rematch would be received with far greater acceptance than the unified champion fighting former two division champion Danny Garcia January 25.

Whether they face off in an immediate rematch or stage another few fights, let’s hope that at some point Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr and Shawn “Showtime” Porter do lock horns again!

By: Bakari Simpson

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1 Comment

  1. Neither Porter or Errol are PPV fighters. I question their fight even being PPV. Neither of them demand huge crowds and neither of them are elite A level fighters. Neither of them have the support of the Mexican fan base and neither of them have the following of someone like GGG. So in truth, they sold this together. And with that, I doubt it sold all that well. I didnt buy it. I streamed it off Youtube. If I’m paying for a PPV, then they need to be P4P, elite fighters. Errol and Porter are neither. This fight is worthy of PPV under card or something on Showtime championship boxing. Once one of these fighters at 147 separates himself from the rest of the fighters at 147, then yes, then he is worthy of PPV. But the welters are just like the Heavyweights right now. With no clear cut man on top. Errol needs to fight Crawford, not Garcia. I think the two best at 147 are Manny and Crawford. and Manny is the only fighter worthy of PPV. He’s earned it. So i dont know why PBC is charging us for fights they said were going to all be on free TV when they started five years ago???
    So I dont know what Errol and Porter are arguing about. Neither of them could sell out a 12,000 seat arena like GGG. They remind me of Andre Ward. Thinking they are bigger than what they really are. Ward couldn’t even sell out the arena in Oakland. They had to comp like 5,000 tickets to sell it out every time he fought. Thats basically what they have to do for Porter and Errol. you know who they dont have to do that for? Crawford, Loma and GGG…

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