By George Whitehouse
So far in 2019 we have seen some incredible fights such as Joshua v Ruiz, Lomachenko v Campbell and Thurman v Pacquiao. However, this welterweight world championship unification bout has the potential to be one of the fights of the year.
After a less than convincing performance against Yordenis Ugas in March, Shawn Porter will ben seen as the underdog and needs to up his game if he wants to beat the undefeated Errol Spence Jr in Los Angeles at the weekend.
Spence’s last bout came against lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia who was making his debut at the weight. It was a straight forward night for the undefeated champion who could have had the fight finished earlier if it wasn’t for Garcia’s determination to go the distance.
This will arguably be Spence’s first real test as a professional but the American believes he has to ability to adapt in a fight that could put his unbeaten record to the sword.
‘It’s all about adjustments, I make adjustments fast in the ring. The Kell Brook fight was hard, I made a lot of adjustments in that fight and a lot of people didn’t think I could go the 12 rounds.’ Said Spence.
‘They say I don’t have a plan B, C or D but I can adjust, I can evolve and I can switch to whatever style my opponent goes to.’
Shawn Porter goes into the fight as the underdog after an below par performance against Ugas where pundits and fans alike expecting more after his unanimous decision victory against Danny Garcia in 2018.
An easy way to compare the two fighters is to look at British fighter Kell Brook who fought both men, finding success with Porter in 2014, however, losing to Spence three years later. Porter faced Brook during his prime years, still undefeated.
Spence on the other hand was facing a degraded Brook who had just recovered from a broken eye socked sustained in the Gennady Golovkin bout 8 months before which likely impacted on his performance.
Porter offers a new challenge for Spence and it will be intriguing to see how the undefeated champ deals with his opponent. Can Porter bring it on Saturday night or will Spence’s 0 stay in tact?