VIDEO: Errol Spence Mauling The Mitts In Open Workout Days Before Showdown With Showtime Shawn Porte
Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21 KO's) IBF Welterweight World champion was pummeling the mitts with trainer Derrick James with accuracy and power which showed he is more than ready to go against WBC Welterweight champion Shawn Porter (30-2, 17 KO's).
This will definitely be the first boxer who will really put the pressure on Spence, but it will be met with equal and much more force.
The question will be whether Porter will be able to fight twelve rounds forcing the action, as he does in all his fights, and be able to slip punches that Spence will sending his way.
Not only will Porter have to contend with the power of Spence, but he will have to try and adjust to his southpaw stance.
It is one thing for Porter to walk through a slick Danny Garcia, who does not have half the power of Spence, but it will be another thing to attempt to do the same against Spence.
Spence should be able to stick his jab in Porter's face all night, but he will probably use his ring movement to stay out of trouble's way like he did against Mikey Garcia. But Mikey is not a true middleweight, so it will be interesting to see how Porter will handle his barrage of punches including the body work that he will face against Spence.
The history of these fighters is that Kell Brook defeated Porter in 2014 and Spence knocked out Kell Brook, who was destroyed by GGG in 2016, to claim the IBF Welterweight belt in 2017.
Porter also lost to Keith Thurman in 2016, a fighter that has been ducking Spence for some time, and recently lost against the Pacman, who is ten years older than him and at the end of his career. This proved what many thought, that Thurman was overrated and he did not want anything to do with Spence.
Porter then won the vacant WBC belt against Danny Garcia and should be given credit for that, and for taking the fight against Spence.
Spence now has the chance to capture the heralded WBC green belt and show the boxing world that he truly is the best in the 147 pound division.