It was comedy hour for IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 during the final press conference to discuss his upcoming Welterweight title unification bout against WBC titleholder, Shawn Porter.
The fight takes place this Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and will air live on FOX PPV, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Spence had the interwebs crying from laughter with his punchlines aimed at Porter.
Porter did not hold back either, but it was Spence’s delivery and hilarious descriptions of Porter’s style that won the day.
“You’re wild, you fight like a football player,” said Spence. “You’re an in-shape street fighter.”
The tweet’s were watching–and cracking up. But, all jokes aside, Spence knows that serious business awaits him on Saturday night as he looks to take the green belt from a very worthy Welterweight champion.
“Shawn comes to fight and I embrace that,” said Spence. “I can’t wait because I promise this is going to be one for the history books.”
Porter, if he’s moved past the “I can also box” phase he was in against Yordenis Ugas, can certainly make things ugly and uncomfortable for Spence.
And making things ugly is not a knock on Porter. It’s impressive how he can be successful by bullying his opponents in a rough-and-tough street fighter kind of way.
Is it always fun to watch? No, absolutely not. Does it work? Sometimes, and that’s what we’ll have to wait for on Saturday. Will it work against a big, physically gifted fighter like Spence is the question.
And who knows, if Spence does not handle the heat from Porter well, things could get interesting.
One thing that seems to be clear is that Spence feels like he has to be apologetic for not knocking out Mikey Garcia. He’s even said he wasn’t trying to knock Garcia out when pressed by Porter in a face to face.
Will that make Spence more aggressive and open him up to Porter’s offense? Perhaps. And that could mean fireworks for spectators.
Who are you picking to unify the titles on Saturday night–Spence or Porter?