On Saturday night, Welterweight stars and former 147-pound titleholders Danny Swift Garcia and Showtime Shawn Porter will square off for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Championship live on SHOWTIME at the Barclays Center.
Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) owns victories over four-division champion Adrien Broner and two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi in a career that has seen him develop a reputation as one of the sports most reliable all-action attractions. He lost a narrow decision to unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman in a 2016 Fight of the Year candidate in Brooklyn but rebounded with two victories last year at Barclays Center, including a TKO victory over former welterweight champion Andre Berto in a welterweight title eliminator and a 12-round decision over Adrian Granados.
“I’m going to force Danny Garcia to fight me, to be uncomfortable and to do things hes not used to doing in a fight,” said Porter. “If Danny comes in being defensive and trying to hold, it may last a while. But if he comes and tries to trade with me and prove something to himself, then it will end fast. I think my style will give him problems and not allow him to pace himself. This is going to be an instant classic and I’m going to win and become champion once again.”
Tonight the 30-year-old Porter, who was born in Akron, Ohio and now lives in Las Vegas, will fight at Barclays Center for the fifth time, including his title-winning performance against Devon Alexander that earned him the IBF title in 2013. The fight is sure to continue the reign of the welterweight division and bring fans closer to finding out who truly is the best in the division.