WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter was successful in his first title defense is against mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas. While the judging of split decision victory is a source of great debate as lively as the social media would suggest, once it’s all said and done, Porter is still champion and now we have to focus on what lies next up for him. One thing that was made perfectly clear was those looking for Porter-Ugas 2 are not going to get it anytime soon.
“We fought a good smart fight tonight,” said Porter post-fight. “I was consistent and I thought we won a majority of the rounds. We got the win, we’re still champion and we’re looking forward to what is next.”
One possibility for him which has been talked about even before the Ugas fight was taking on WBA Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. While the current speculation is that Manny is in talks for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather if that doesn’t come to fruition, Porter would be the next logical choice for the 42-year-old fighter.
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Another option that has been thrown out to battle Porter has been Errol Spence Jr. While “The Truth” has his own mega fight matchup against Mikey Garcia upcoming, if he can get past Garcia, Porter would be a viable option in what would be a belt mission for Spence.
The third choice for Porter is Keith Thurman. Porter himself mentioned during his postfight interview on Fox that he would like to face Thurman. With both guys being signed to Premier Boxing Champions, all signs would point to this being the most likely matchup. Also from the standpoint of Porter, this would be a rematch and a chance to avenge his bout with him back in 2016 which Porter lost by unanimous decision.
One thing is for certain, there is a line of suitors ready and willing to take on Showtime.