More than perhaps just about any other welterweight in the past few years, Shawn Porter’s opponents have been the elite of the division. From 2015 until now, Porter has faced Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Andre Berto, Adrian Granados, Danny Garcia,
Shawn Porter and Sebastian Formella made weight today in Los Angeles, meaning tomorrow night’s PBC card (FOX, 8 pm ET) is set and ready to go.
The 32-year-old Porter (30-3-1, 17 KO) is aiming to show he’s still a top man at 147 pounds. The former two-time titleholder hasn’t fought since a rugged and exciting loss to Errol Spence Jr in Sept. 2019, and now has the 33-year-old Formella (22-0, 10 KO) lined up. The unbeaten German is taking a major step up in competition here, but tells us he thinks he can prove that he belongs in the upper echelon.
Porter came in at 146½, with Formella at 146, both under the limit. Porter-Formella is set for 12 rounds and is a WBC eliminator.
Yordenis Ugas and Errol Spence. All were at least B-level fighters when they met Porter, and in the case of Thurman, Garcia, and Spence, all three are or were considered the elite of the division.
So you can forgive Porter when he takes a potential soft touch like Sebastian Formella. But just because you might not have heard of Formella, the German native whose resume is devoid of any recognizable names, that doesn’t mean he can’t provide problems for Porter on Saturday nigth.
“I know that Formella is a boxer who likes to move and use the outside and box,” Porter said. “We’re prepared to take the fight to him. We’re going to be smart and tactical, but aggressive as always. We’re going to go in there shining, looking great and make a statement to the world that boxing and Shawn Porter are still here.”