In the final moments of his WBO welterweight title bout with Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter looked every bit of a beaten man. After being knocked down twice in the 10th round, Porter’s frustration showed as he pounded the mat with his gloves as the referee counted. Porter’s father, Kenny, threw in the towel and the fight was over.
After the match, the former champion announced his retirement from the sport in his post-fight press conference. He said this would’ve been his last fight whether he won or lost. The pounding he took certainly didn’t encourage him to keep going.
“After you’ve fought everybody at the top, what more do you do? I’m not going to be a gatekeeper. You would look at the four losses and assume, ‘Well, he could be a gatekeeper now.’ It’s not the life that I want to live.”
Porter finishes his career with a stellar record of 31-4-1 with 17 KOs. He’s a two-time welterweight champion. Terence Crawford continues his unblemished professional career. The new champion’s record stands at 38-0 with 29 knockouts.
Shawn Porter initially said he was going to retire after he lost a split decision to Errol Spence Jr. in 2019. He said he didn’t feel like he was done, though, and continued to fight. He gave Crawford a good fight, but hope of going out as a champion quickly diminished in the disastrous tenth round.
Terence Crawford will now look to defend his title against somebody other than Spence. After the fight, he said Spence’s team is ducking Crawford. Many fans believe without that fight, Terence will always have a huge “what if” on his resumé.
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