Another top-notch exciting boxing match is inscribed in Shawn Porter’s sports biography. The 34-year-old proved that it was no accident that he found himself in the ring against one of the best boxers of today, Terence Crawford.
He opened the match well, presented his quality and after five rounds he was even in the 48-47 lead on all three referee cards. Still, Crawford has shown why he is undefeated and why he intends to become the first absolute champion of two different categories since there are four elite belts.
He took control in the middle of the match and eventually celebrated with a stoppage in the tenth round after Porter's father threw a towel into the ring. At the same time, "Bud" became the first boxer to stop Porter before the need for a referee's decision.
And as for Porter’s opponents, indeed, this former two-time welterweight world champion has faced almost all of his elite who have performed within his categories in recent years. In addition to Crawford, he lost only to Kell Brook, Keith Thurman, and Errol Spence Jr., but he defeated Paulie Malignaggi, Andrea Bert, Adrien Broner, Yordenis Ugas, Danny Garcia, Adrian Granados, and Devon Alexander.
A big, actually huge career, and now it has obviously come to an end. Porter revealed this shortly after the match. "I was ready to announce my retirement tonight, regardless of victory, defeat, or a draw.
Even if it was a draw and they gave us a date when we have to do it all over again, I wouldn't do it." "I have no intention of fighting anymore. I'm announcing my retirement at the moment, "said Porter, who has proven to be one of the best and most sought-after boxing analysts in recent years.
He has recognized a situation where he can no longer be at the very top, and in such circumstances, he has no motivation to continue doing what he has been doing for the past 13 years, as long as his professional career has lasted.
"I don't want to be a gatekeeper, it's not the life I want to live. I've never looked at myself as one of those boxers who perform in my forties. I'm 34 years old and it's time," he confirmed, further praising his opponent: "He did everything that needed to be done.
My timing was not good and he constantly wouldn't let me catch the rhythm. He's the best of all the boxers I've met in the ring." "He was accurate from A to Z. He was so much good that I would never want to do this one more time. He has everything he needs, inside and outside the ring. "