Shawn Porter: Top Welterweight?

Can Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) really hang with the top welterweights? He has fought top and mid-level welterweights within the division but the results have not been very convincing. Last nights display against Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) was far from convincing and many had him losing the fight including the Fox TV broadcasters.

Shawn has always carried himself well, but has never shown that unique nor elite talent that puts him in the upper echelon of the division. He once peaked when he had beaten Devon Alexander (27-5-1, 14 KOs) for the IBF title and was seen as the divisions rising start, but then dropped back down against Kell Brook (38-2, 26 KOs). Since then, his most notable victory was a tight decision against Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) and prior to that a decision victory over Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs). Every time he has stepped up in competition, he has always fallen short.

His technique also comes to question. At times, he is too wild, rash and jumps around a lot. Sometimes this may work as a tactic, as it did last night, where he looked more active and got the decision, but this has not worked with much success against the likes of Keith Thurman, and most certainly would not work against Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) or Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs).

Porter is well respected within the boxing world, but there are many questions about how he can compete with the top fighters in the division and what the game plan is going forward to remain relevant in the sport. For example, going up in weight could be one strategy. His next few opponents could be against the winner of Spence vs. Garcia, Keith Thurman or even Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs). With all due respect, he does not possess the same skill set as these fighters.

Let’s see what happens, but regarding yesterday’s showing he must have a concrete game plan on his next few opponents. What are your thoughts on Porter and how he fairs against the rest of the fighters in the division?

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