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