IBF welterweight champ Errol “The Truth” Spence said to Terence “Bud” Crawford in their infamous face to face confrontation last year “Why wouldn’t I go the easy route and fight Shawn Porter?” The IBF champ got his wish and went the Shawn Porter route. It turned out to be anything but easy. The 29-year-old Spence found himself down on the cards early and in the fight of his life. Needing to rally late and score an 11th round knockdown of Porter, via a picture-perfect short left hand, to survive and secure the close split decision victory. In what was was a hotly contested, highly competitive, back and forth scrap between two world champs and two possible hall of farmer Errol Spence proved he is indeed “the truth” as he became just the 11th man to unify titles in the 147 pound division and also takes home our Fighter of the Week award.
Shawn Porter entered the ring completely amped up and answered the opening bell as if he was shot out of a cannon, bringing the action to Errol Spence. At the end of the first round, Porter did something no one has down since Kell Brook over two years ago, they won a round against Errol Spence. The second round picked up where the first ended, with Porter bringing the fight right to Spence mauling his way onto the inside and scoring with effective right hands that split the guard of Spence and stopped him from returning fire. By the middle rounds “Showtime” was beginning to slow down as Spence’s body shots were making an impact, tightening up the scorecards in the middle rounds of a bout that was very difficult to score. Most observers had the fight fairly even entering the final two rounds. That’s when “The Truth” took control dropping the WBC champ with a short left that hurt Porter who was able to make it to his feet, and like a wounded animal attacked Spence landing a few right hands of his own but eating far more shots than he was able to deliver. Both fighters laid it on the line in the final stanza. The two champs stood toe to toe and exchanged to the final bell rang. Although It was Spence who got the better of the action and took a split decision by oddly wide scores of 116-111 twice while the other judge scored it for Porter 115-112, both guys stock will soar given the back and forth all-action even nature of the fight.
Errol Spence is now in the catbird seat in the welterweight division. He has unified two of the divisions four belts and has established himself as the biggest financial draw in the division and quite possibly the biggest draw of any American in the sport. Prior to his the weekends victory over Porter, the Texan said he wanted to fight either of the other welterweight champions, Manny Pacquiao who holds the WBA belt or WBO titleholder Terence Crawford. That however changed during the post-fight interview when former two-division world champ Danny “Swift” Garcia entered the ring a fight between the two was announced by the FOX broadcast team. So we will be getting a Spence/Garcia fight next we just don’t know when or where. There are rumors that they will return to Spence’s hometown of Dallas at AT&T Stadium, where the champ sold nearly 50,000 tickets for his battle with Mikey Garcia back in March. Spence vs Danny Garcia will likely not take place until early 2020.