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by Anson Wainwright on 18 December 2008


Q&A Shawn Porter

We recently caught up with up and coming Ohio native Shawn Porter. Porter 21, is an American alternate in the 165Ibs division at the last Olympics, he hasn’t wasted anytime as a pro either he debuted in October and has quickly moved to 3-0(3) and will be back in late January for his fourth fight. Here’s what he had to say on various subjects.

Hello Shawn, welcome to

Anson Wainwright - Firstly you moved to 3-0(3) with a second round KO beating Phillip Hammac, what can you tell us about this fight?

Shawn Porter - This was a good third fight for me. I gained more professional experience, and learned a lot. Phillip Hammac is known here in the States as a crafty veteran that can survive matches against young, up and coming fighters. He did a lot of holding, and moving in the first round, but we prepared for that in the gym. I caught him early in the first round with a straight right hand to his chin and put him down. From then on, I punished him to his body, until he went down two more times and quit in the second round. My father and I were happy with the way I performed. I carried all of my preparation from the gym to the ring that night, and it all played off.

Anson Wainwright - How do you feel you adapted to the pro game so far?

Shawn Porter - I think I’m doing well so far. I’m a very aggressive boxer, who uses speed, power, and balance. And that’s what professional boxing is all about. The 3 minute round isn’t much different from the 2 minute rounds in the amateurs for me, because I’m always in great shape and prepared. However, I still have a lot to learn, and I’m in the classroom everyday.

Anson Wainwright - You were an alternate at the 2008 Olympics for your country America. Could you tell us what you made of being in China, the whole experience of the Olympics.

Shawn Porter - Being the 165lb alternate, I had the opportunity to get around Beijing, and interact with a lot of people from other countries, as well as be apart of one of the greatest events in the world. My most memorable experience was being at The Great Wall Of China. The Great Wall was unbelievable, and it was amazing to see what the people did for they’re country. My whole Olympic experience was great, and I’m very proud and honoured to have represented my country, and to have been apart of history.

Anson Wainwright - What did you achieve in the amateur’s & what was your final record?

Shawn Porter - I’ve won numerous Jr.State, Regional, and National titles. And In the men’s division, I’ve won 4 National tournaments including the U.S. Under19 National Championship defeating 2007 World Champion and 2008 Olympian Demetrius Andrade. The National Golden Gloves, and the first World Golden Gloves Tournament. I’ve also competed in several international competitions, and I was the 2007 Pan American Games Member at 165lbs, defeating 2008 Olympian Shawn Estrada in the finals to make the team. Along the way I beat the best and took the #1 ranking in the U.S. My record as an amateur was 276-11.

Anson Wainwright - How did you get into Boxing?

Shawn Porter - My father has been my inspiration in the sport of boxing. I started out as a 4 year old in the gym watching him train. I first started training at the age of 4, and competing at the age of 8.

Anson Wainwright - Looking at your record you debuted at 165 but in your last fight you weighed 156. Was there any reason for this? Are you attempting to make Light Middleweight?

Shawn Porter - My father and I always map out our future plans, then put the plans in motion. When I decided I wanted to turn pro, my father did his research, we in listed the help of a strength coach Bobby Kaliel at Team Energetics he put me in the Bod Pod (check it out on my website) then we got a nutritionist and we all agreed that being 154lbs in the professional ranks, would be best for my career. My first bout I came to the fight at 155lb. The night before the weigh in, my opponent pulled out of the match, and the only available guy was 170lbs. I gained some weight for the fight, but I will be a future champion at 154lbs.

Anson Wainwright - What pro fighters have you sparred with and who do you feel you did?

Shawn Porter - I’ve been sparring with professionals since I was about 14. I’ve been in the ring with Chad Dawson (178lb World Champion), Andre Dirrell (2004 165lb Olympian, and future Super Middleweight Champion of the World), and 160lb Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik, just to name a few. I’ve done very well with all of them, but I would have to say being in the ring with Andre Dirrell has been my best experience. We speak often, and he shows me a lot things, in and out of the ring, and I admire his love for the sport.

Anson Wainwright - What do you like to do away from Boxing?

Shawn Porter - I’m a sports fanatic. When I have the chance, I like to get out and play a little basketball, or toss around an N.F.L. football. I’m also getting pretty good at bowling. Aside from that, I have an 11 year old brother that has that same love for sports that I do. So I teach and mentor him and other youths on sports, as well as life.

Anson Wainwright - Who are you favourite fighters & Boxing hero’s?

Shawn Porter - My all time favourite boxer is Marvelous Marvin Hagler. With a name like that, how could you not like him lol. Also Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander The Real Deal Holyfield, Sugar Shane Mosley, and of course the great Muhammad Ali.

Anson Wainwright - What are your goals in Boxing?

Shawn Porter - I have a lot of goals. I want to be a world champion. I also want to use boxing and God to reach out to people and effectively infect the world

Anson Wainwright - What is the Shawn Porter plan for 2009?

Shawn Porter - I plan to keep improving, staying focused, staying in the public eye. You can watch me February 6, 2009 on ESPN Friday Night Fights. We plan to have about 12 to 15 fights in the next year.

Anson Wainwright - Finally do you have a message for any of your fans or anyone out there?

Shawn Porter - I just want to thank everyone out there who supports me, and follows my career. You all are one of the many reasons I do this. You guys want good entertainment, and I’m here to give it to you!! You can also follow my career at

Thank you for your time Shawn, good luck in the pro’s.

Anson Wainwright


Former US amateur star Shawn Porter puts unbeaten pro record on line Friday

Written by rich.bergeron on June 17, 2009 – 5:35 pm -

Guerrero-Norman headlines “Boxing’s Future Champions” PPV card on

SOUTHHAVEN, Miss. (June 17, 2009) – Heralded U.S. amateur boxer Shawn Porter is on a mission to prove he’s the best in the world, something he didn’t get an opportunity to achieve in the 2008 Olympic Games, which is one of the primary reasons for a rare match-up between undefeated pro prospects Friday night in the 6-round co-feature in the “Boxing’s Future Champions” pay-per-view pro card, live from Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

Porter (8-0, 6 KOs), 2007 World Golden Gloves champion and U.S. Olympic Team alternate, puts it all on the line versus upset-minded junior middleweight Dion Savage (5-0, 3 KOs).

“Boxing’s Future Champions,” presented by Prize Fight Boxing, will air on PPV at, commencing at 8 PM/ET, for only $4.95.

Unbeaten middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (13-0, 11 KOs), World Cadet Junior Olympics and 2007 USA National Championships gold-medal winner, headlines “Boxing’s Future Champions” in Friday night’s 8-round main event versus Brian “The Assassin” Norman (17-8, 5 KOs).

The 5’ 7” Porter, an outstanding high school running back in Ohio, is a dynamic 21-year-old prospect who remains one of the most decorated U.S. amateurs of the 21st century. “I want everything I can get,” Shawn explained. “I’m very excited about my pro career so far. I’ve been successful and learned a lot. I want to learn so I can be one of the best, one of the guys in the history books. I’m 8-0 and coming along fine. I take everything one step at a time and this fight is another step towards becoming world champion.

“A lot of promoters, managers, trainers and fighters don’t risk putting an unbeaten prospect in a tough fight against another undefeated fighter. I’m ready for it and I am looking forward to Friday night’s fight. I don’t worry about the past, only the present, and my day will come.”

Porter is managed and trained by his father, Kenny Porter, who describes his son/protégé as a major headache to fight and the total package. “Shawn is different from other fighters at any level,” he offered. “He’s unlike anybody else; in a class of his own. Opponents can’t deal with his combination of quickness, speed, agility, aggressiveness, reflexes and power. He comes out boxing and uses his speed to set-up his power, but then he’ll work the body and change-up again, throwing combinations. He’s right where we’d like him to be, ready to fight another unbeaten fighter, and somebody’s ‘O’ must go.”

Unbeaten super middleweights Farah Enis (10-0, 5 KOs), of Philadelphia, and Bobby Jordan (6-0, 2 KOs) also put their unbeaten records on the line in an 8-round bout.

Also on the undercard is exciting middleweight Dominic Wade (2-0, 2 KOs) against Anthony Cannon (4-12, 1 KO) and Fernando’s older (by 5 years) brother, cruiserweight Alex Guerrero, make his pro debut versus Rodrika Ray (2-1, 1 KO) in a pair of 4-round bout, plus Farah’s older brother, Derrick “Pooh” Ennis, Jr. (17-2, 12 KOs), battles junior middleweight Joshua “Poison” Onyango (14-17, 11 KOs) in an 8-round match.

Ticket prices range between $15.00 and $125.00 (ringside) and are on sale at the Wicomico Civic Center Box Office or on line at

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A great evening for some growing prospects

by Tom Donelson, View all articles by Tom Donelson
POSTED: Apr 6, 2009

IOWA CITY -- Frankie Figueroa fought veteran Randall Bailey, whose right hand resembled Thor’s hammer. Figueroa, a sharp shooting southpaw, was facing a big test that would test his viability as a junior welterweight contender.    

The first two minutes of the first round, Figueroa tested Bailey as he moved in and out against Bailey's fearsome right hand.   

Throughout the first round, Bailey's experience showed as he nailed Figueroa with rights that seem to disrupt his rhythm.   

With a minute left, a Bailey right followed a pawing left jab sent Figueroa down and the rest of the round, Figueroa seemed intent on surviving.

The second round, Bailey came out overconfident as he thought the fight was in hand. Fighting lackadaisical, Bailey ran into a Figueroa left and he went down.   

This gave Figueroa the needed confidence to turn this into a fight and maybe an upset. After two rounds, both men tasted the canvas.

It looked like an even battle and the third round produced a close round as maybe Bailey gain a slight edge as his right appeared more potent than Figueroa’s left but Figueroa appeared to be able to judge his distance to avoid the power of the Bailey’s right.   

This had the appearance of a even bout the rest of the way.

Starting in the fourth round, Bailey found his range and tapped Figueroa with his right. Figueroa looked tentative and started to retreat.     

Bailey sent out a pawing jab, to find his mark and boom, a Bailey’s right struck Figueroa squared. He hit the canvas on his back and didn’t respond to the count.    

Flat on his back, Figueroa stayed on the canvas for a few minutes before being moved to his corner. Bailey demonstrated that he still has one of the best punches below welterweights.

Also, Figueroa showed that he just not ready for the elite level in what is becoming a competitive division.

In the preliminary fights, young prospects had the opportunity to show their stuff. Undefeated Shawn Porter challenged Elroy Suarez but this fight proved to be a mismatch.    

Porter attacked Suarez with a variety of attacks as he nailed his opponent body attacks followed by left hooks.   Suarez looked outclassed and as time ran out of the round, it looked like he just might survive the round. 

With time running out, Porter weaved and bobbed as Suarez missed with his counter only to be hit with a Porter left hook that ended the fight. Porter looked like a prospect who might go far as he showed all the tools.

Mark Davis was gunned for his 12th straight victory against Steve Gonzalez. Davis, a past amateur star, had a wide variety of skills but he was rarely tested in his professional career plus he had only four knockouts.   

Davis exhibited fast hands and excellent technical skills but not a big punch. The first round through the last round, the pattern was the same. Davis would batter Gonzalez with body shots setting up head shots.   

In one combination, he nailed Gonzalez with a left hook, a right hand then followed by a left to the body and two more lefts hook to the head.   

This fast combination featured a triple left hook combination that went from the body to the head. The negative was that Gonzalez was still standing which showed Davis weakness and strength.   

His strength was his speed and his weakness was that a five punch combination could not send his opponent to the canvas.  

This was a night for prospects.   

Figueroa found that this was a distance between being a top 20 and becoming an elite fighter just a bridge too far to cross.    

Mark Davis views himself as a potential champion, the questions remains can he actually become an elite fighter with a brawling style without power?   

Porter may be the one with the most potential of the prospects since he showed, technical skills followed by power.   

As Randall Bailey showed, a powerful punch can build a career and keep it going long into one’s career.  

Tom Donelson is a member of the BWAA (Boxing Writers Association of America) and presently writes for various boxing online publications. He also has co-authored two boxing books, including "More Tales From Ringside", with historian Frank Lotierzo.

by Matt Yanofsky on 25 August 2009

Prospect on the Rise: Shawn Porter

This Saturday, electrifying Junior Middleweight prospect “Showtime” Shawn Porter will look to add another victory to his flawless professional ledger. A 2008 Olympic alternate, Porter, 9-0 (7 KO’s), has been nothing short of sensational thus far as a pro. I had the opportunity to catch up with Porter, who till tangle with tough Missourian Lamar Harris over six rounds at Fitzgerlad’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, MS.

Matt Yanofsky: Hey Shawn what’s going on? I know that you were training for this fight in California, which is quite a distance from your hometown of Akron, Ohio. How did you end up training in California and what was camp like away from home?

Shaun Porter: Camp is always away from home, usually in Colorado Springs because of Olympic Training Center. We got so used to training in Colorado Springs we kept going away (from Akron). We knew somebody at Wildcard Gym and he mentioned my name to Freddie Roach, so we came down and went to work for this fight. Freddie likes me and he worked with me a few times during sparring sessions. It was truly a great experience.

MY: This Friday you’ll be facing Lamar Harris. I was at Lamar’s last fight, where he dropped a controversial decision to hometown favorite Dennis Douglin after putting him on the canvas in the opening round. Like you, Douglin was an amateur star who won the National Golden Gloves. What are you going to do to make sure Harris doesn’t pull off the upset?

SP: I have been studying him and I am friends with Dennis Douglin. It definitely was a controversial decision but the film I have seen on Harris will help me. I will use angles, which Dennis didn’t do and keep my hands moving to hopefully get him out of there.

MY: What was it like being an alternate on the Olympic team?

SP: It was great! I got to experience a lot in Beijing but there was still some sadness because I didn’t get to compete. Overall, it was a wonderful, exciting trip and I am thankful for it.

MY: Unfortunately, the 2008 US Men’s Boxing Team had a terrible tournament, finishing with only a single bronze medal. What do you think the US’ problem was?

SP: I think their preparation should have been a lot better. These guys were away from the trainers they usually worked with and they didn’t have the (time to develop that) type of relationship with coach (Dan Campbell). They should have spent more time together.

MY: Which 2008 Olympian do you think will have the best pro career?

SP: I’d say Demetrius Andrade. He has a great style and is entertaining to watch. The other guys are just starting to come into the picture like Gary Russell. I think myself and Boo Boo (Andrade) will head the 2008 team.

MY: Those that have seen you fight say your style is comparable to Andre Berto’s. Is he a fighter you try to model your style after or do you two just happen to fight the same way?

SP: I have heard that many, many times and have seen him fight. We are both aggressive, quick and powerful. Growing up in the sport I liked Marvin Hagler; he is my favorite. If I had a style like anyone it’d be like him. Mosley is also one of my favorites so I try to mimic him with the handspeed.

MY: None of your pro fights have come in or near your hometown. From what I understand, you brought in a big crowd during your amateur days. Is it upsetting that your hometown fans have not had a chance to watch you in person?

SP: It isn’t upsetting because everything happens for a reason. I am letting everything take their course. People are asking when I am fighting at home and when it does happen, I am sure ill get a crowd like Fernando Guerrero’s. It doesn’t upset me though it hasn’t happened yet.

Authors Note: Guerrero and Porter have fought together multiple times under the promotional banner of Prize Fight. Guerrero brings in a crowd of more than 8,000 fans when he fights in his hometown of Salisbury, MD.

MY: As we all know, Akron, Ohio had a world famous 2008 Olympian in LeBron James, who also happens to be one of if not the best basketball player on the planet. Did you know LeBron while you were growing up? I remember even when he was 15; they were making a big deal of him.

SP: I never met LeBron James but my dad says we played on the same rec basketball team (laughs). I was young, like 10 at the time. I got to see them practice in Beijing it was awesome. I didn’t meet Lebron but I met Kobe (Bryant), (Dwyane) Wade and (Dwight) Howard. I look forward to meeting Lebron some day and I think well have a lot in common.

MY: He really put your basketball team back on the map you know? (laughs)

SP: I try to go to at least one Cavs game per year since Lebron has been with the team and I’d love to fight at the Quicken Loans Arena one day.

MY: Back to boxing. The majority of your fights came around 157 lbs. Are you planning to campaign at Junior Middle or Middleweight?

SP: Junior Middleweight is my weight class. That is where I want to campaign and become a future champ. I am big enough to fight 160. I was a top 2 amateur in the US at 165 lbs but in the pros, I want every advantage I can have. I feel very comfortable and healthy at 154 so I’m going make my living there.

MY: Who was your inspiration to start boxing?

SP: My dad. He was a boxer way back in the day and got me and my brothers started. I was four when I first put gloves on and had my first fight at eight. I fell in love at age 15 when I started taking these international trips to tournaments. I loved that I could travel and do so much with boxing so. In many ways, my dad has been the one I have to give credit to. He is always there pushing me and is a big part of my success.

MY: Where will Shawn Porter’s career be 1 year from now?

SP: I should be a household name! I want to be that guy everyone expects to win, roots for and can’t wait to watch. I want to be the one champion that everybody loves you know? It’s rare you get a champion that everybody likes.

In basketball, the Lakers won it all and are very popular but everyone in Orlando doesn’t like them you know? I want everybody to love me. One year from now, people will be looking (to see when I am fighting).

MY: Shawn, best of luck Friday. Do you have anything you want to add in closing?

SP: I am excited and can’t wait for the fight

Sparmate rocks Pacquiao, but Roach is not worried


October 1, 2009, 7:41pm

Manny Pacquiao shadowboxes before heavy training in Baguio City where he held a public sparring session on Thursday. (Photo by RIZALDY COMMANDA)

BAGUIO CITY — Even at a low RPM, Manny Pacquiao remains a speedster.

After presiding over another hard day at the gym on Thursday, Pacquiao still managed to bring a smile on the face of trainer Freddie Roach, who disclosed that the Filipino pound-for-pound king is still far from being 50 percent in shape.

“I think right now Manny’s just 40 percent in shape,” Roach told a group of scribes who noticed that Shawn Porter, Pacquiao’s sparmate, managed to land some solid shots at his fighter.

But Roach allayed the fears of the scribes, many of whom had followed Pacquiao’s career and had watched many of the boxer’s past workouts.

“Manny’s just playing around,” said Roach, who remains unperturbed with Porter’s strong showing for the second straight time in sparring. “We’ve had times like this in previous training camps,” said Roach, who, only last week said Pacquiao is in terrific form.

Porter, a 21-year-old middleweight prospect from Ohio, landed a few left hooks that shook Pacquiao’s head and succeeded in connecting with his piston-like jabs, but it wasn’t enough to take the thunder away from Pacquiao. Displaying lightning-quick reflexes, Pacquiao fought back and gave Porter a taste of his dazzling speed and power early in the first round which the 2007 US Golden Gloves titleholder acknowledged as simply amazing. “He’s the best, man,” said the 159-lb Porter when asked about Pacquiao’s chances of dethroning Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, who tipped the scales before the workout at 153 lbs, also went two rounds with lightweight Urbano Antillon after the two torrid rounds with Porter and never skipped a beat as the 30-year-old lefty did everything in the gym except wash the dishes.

The next sparring days – which will be closed for public viewing – will be held on Saturday.

Thursday’s sparring was open to many spectators and media, many of whom had motored to Baguio to be part of media day arranged by promoter Bob Arum. Arum revealed that if Pacquiao wins sensationally against Cotto, he will begin negotiations with the camp of Floyd Mayweather.

“It has to be 60-40 in our favor,” said Arum, who heads Top Rank Inc., arguably the world’s premier promotional outfit, with Pacquiao at the top of his stable.

Arum arrived here yesterday in time for the press conference, motoring directly to this city after landing from the Manila International airport.


Pacquiao sparring mate Shawn Porter relishes the opportunity

September 27, 7:07 PM
Mississippi Fight Sports Examiner
Brad Cooney

Shawn Porter in Tunica, MS 8/09   Copyright Brad Cooney

Jr middleweight prospect Shawn Porter (10-0-8KO) has the biggest opportunity of his young career at hand.  He was selected to be one of Manny Pacquiao's sparring mates. This experience will be invaluable to this young man, to say the least.  Porter touched down in the Philippines with Pacquiao's other preferred sparring partner, Urbano Antillon.

This writer has had the opportunity to watch the young Porter fight on a few occasions.  He is trained by his father Kenny Porter, out of  "Old School Gym" located in Cleveland, Ohio.

The first thing that I noticed from ringside in August was just how fast the kids hands were.  The second thing that I noticed was how fast he knocked out his opponent in the 1st round.

Promoted by Prize Fight Promotions, Shawn Porter is undefeated and not only has those fast hands, but he has some power to go along with it.  His last bout took place in Tunica, MS back in August, where he systematically took apart Lamar Harris in 2:18 seconds of the first round.  This kid is the perfect sparring partner for Pacquiao, he is a little bit bigger, fast, and can pop.

Prize fight Promotions owner Russ Young is thrilled for his young prospect, " This is a great opportunity for this kid.  He has the chance to see what it takes to become pound for pound the best fighter in the world.  This is an achievement that he would like to accomplish himself one day, so to get this chance to see what it takes is a wonderful opportunity."

Boxing trainer Barry Hunter, who trains both Lamont Peterson (WBO interim Jr welterweight champ) and Anthony Peterson (#1 ranked lightweight), worked Porter's corner for his last fight.  Hunter believes this opportunity is second to none, " The first thing that I noticed when working Shawn's corner was his speed, and his power.  He is a very good selection to help out Pacquiao, he's a little bit bigger than Cotto and he can move and pop.  This opportunity goes without saying, he will take this experience and only benefit from it."

So, Porter will spend his coming days sparring with the great Manny Pacquiao.  He will no doubt benefit from this experience, in fact, probably a lot more than Pacquiao will benefit from it.  That's no knock at the young porter, but come on now, sparring with Manny Pacquiao?  An opportunity of a young fighters lifetime.

Read up more on Shawn Porter and his last fight at


Shawn Porter on Sparring Manny Pacquiao, Ellis Win
By Ryan Burton
22-year-old junior middleweight prospect Shawn "Showtime" Porter (11-0) spoke to about his 4th round TKO victory over Jerome Ellis this past Saturday night at Fitzgeralds Hotel and Casino in Tunica, MS.  Porter, who was one of Manny Pacquiao's key sparring partners for Pacquiao's recent win over Miguel Cotto spoke about that experience and also what he has planned for 2010 in this exclusive interview.  First off congratulations on the win over Jerome Ellis. What are your thoughts on your fight?
Shawn Porter:  It was a pretty good fight for me last night.  I got some rounds in last night.  I had a tough opponent in front of me and I got the win so I would call it a good night.  Were you surprised you got the knockout?
Shawn Porter:  No not really.  Near the end of the 4th round I thought I was getting to him and I thought it would continue that way.  I didn't think it would go the distance and I thought the end was coming pretty soon. I was actually surprised that he quit on his stool after the 4th but I thought I would be getting him out of there soon.  Do you have any other fights planned this year or are
you going to rest up and start up early next year?
Shawn Porter:  We are just waiting on the calls.  We are waiting on something probably on Showtime this December and they might have something for me in Feburary on ESPN so I should be back in the ring soon.  How did you get the nickname Showtime?
Shawn Porter:  My dad gave it to me when I was real young.  I grew up with the name.  Everybody loves it.  I love the name.  So now I go by Showtime Shawn Porter.  When I go in the gym they are all cool with it.  What was it like sparring and training with Manny Pacquiao?
Shawn Porter:  It was a great experience.  It was great from the training to being in the Phillipines.  It was another world.  It was great.  I know you were taking punches from Manny with headgear on but tell us how hard does he really hit?
Shawn Porter:  He hits pretty hard.  He roughed Cotto up pretty good. I was lucky enough to not take too many shots when I sparred with him.  Were you surprised at how he beat Cotto?
Shawn Porter:  I was.  With Cotto being the bigger stronger guy I thought he would be able to withstand a lot of those shots.  Manny was hitting him hard to that last round.  That really was a great fight.  What is the plan for 2010?  Are you going to try to get another 7-8 fights in before you step up the competition?
Shawn Porter:  Yeah I think so.  I think I will stay busy then hopefully towards the end of the year I will get a shot at a title.  What fighter did you look up to when you were growing up?
Shawn Porter:  Well now I would say Pacquiao.  I gained so much knowledge from him just by being in the gym with him.  I was lucky to be able to see how he trains and prepares.  It was an experience I will never forget.  Do you have a message for the fans?
Shawn Porter:  Just keep looking out and root for me.
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Ken & Shawn Star on MTV in 2009!

In early 2009, Ken was contacted by MTV television to assume the responsibilities for transforming a high school senior cheerleader into a boxer for their Emmy Award winning program “MADE!”  Over a 6 week stint, he reshaped the 18 year old, expanding her mental toughness, physical stamina and enabled her dream of boxing. Shawn  also appears and helps with the transformation. You can watch it all at:

Iron Mike Tyson stops by for a visit

'Iron Mike' & Oliver McCall  visit Shawn Porter in Vegas before Shawn’s Seventh Pro Bout

Shawn meets two world champions

March 22, 2009

Mike Tyson has had his share of peaks and valleys throughout his bizarre career.

But the former undisputed heavyweight champion made a lasting impression on a young man who hopes to follow, well, some of his footsteps.

"I thought Mike was a really cool dude," Cuyahoga Falls native Shawn Porter said. "He was very respectful and calm. He gave me a few pointers, too."

Shawn, 21, probably doesn't need much advice whenever he enters the ring. Even from a man who many thought was the "baddest man on the planet" back in the day.

But the former amateur world champion certainly got a kick out of meeting "Iron Mike." After all, people once called Tyson "Kid Dynamite" prior to his never-ending brushes with the law and wacky ear-biting incident with Evander Holyfield.

Shawn talked with Tyson and another former heavyweight champion, who also has been known for some peculiar acts. That would be Oliver McCall, the man who infamously refused to fight the fourth and fifth rounds against Lennox Lewis in 1997.

McCall cried during that unforgettable bout and as a result, the referee had no choice but to award Lewis the victory. McCall, however, showed no tears when he spoke to Shawn.

"Oliver introduced himself to me," Shawn said. "I was like, 'I know who you are.' He was really cool, too. It was different with him because I wasn't expecting Mike to be as friendly."

Shawn got acquainted with the two boxing titans during a two-week stay in Las Vegas. He went to "Sin City" to train for his next opponent.

Shawn fought Austin, Texas, resident Abdias Castillo, a veteran of more than 30 fights, March 14 in Tunica, Miss.

It was no contest.

Shawn ended the 156-pound bout in breathtaking fashion as Castillo's corner forced the referee to stop the contest in the middle of the fourth round. Shawn landed approximately 30 powerful punches in a row before the bell rung. He improved to 6-0 as a professional with five knockouts.

"Shawn was a lot faster than him," said Ken Porter, Shawn's father, manager and trainer. "He used his speed to set up his power."

Shawn also scored a knockdown in the first round and controlled the fight from start to finish.

His opponent had a weight advantage, too. Shawn came into the fight at 154.5 pounds. Castillo, on the other hand, weighed 160 pounds.

"We wanted him to lose weight, but he couldn't," Ken said. "He got fined $100 per pound."

In the end, you got the feeling Shawn would have done the same thing if Castillo outweighed him by 30 pounds.

"I just let it go in the fourth round," Shawn said. "As my dad said, 'I emptied the tank.' I caught him with a good body shot and I was able to finish him on the ropes."

To see the damage Shawn had done, all you had to do was look at his opponent's face. Castillo's eye was swollen shut and he had his arm bandaged because of a punch Shawn landed in the opening round.

"He had a big strawberry on his eye," Ken said.

Shawn won't have too much time to savor his victory. He is tentatively scheduled to box Eloy Suarez (10-4) of Texas April 3 during "Friday Night Fights" on ESPN2. He also is set to fight April 25 in Tunica.

If Porter continues his torrid pace, he may one day get to wear similar belts to the ones his friends from Vegas owned.

"We're looking for our first title in the fall," Ken said. "It may be for the Ohio title, but we'll be looking for something."

As for his recent trip to Vegas, Shawn plans to savor his meeting with Tyson for a long time.

"It was surreal," he said. "He wasn't a maniac or someone off the chain. He looked me right in the eyes."

And thankfully for Shawn, his ears remained intact.



Cleveland boxer Shawn Porter improves to 15-0

Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 7:56 AM     Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 8:04 AM

Joe Maxse, The Plain Dealer

Gus Chan / Plain Dealer File

Shawn Porter, now 16-0 with 13 knockouts, dropped Robert Kliewer (10-11, 6 KOs) in the second and third rounds, then flattened him four times in the fifth before the match was called to a halt at 1:08 of the round on Saturday.


It’s a good thing the seven-knockdown rule was not in effect.

Robert Kliewer only had to hit the canvas six times in losing to Cleveland’s Shawn Porter on Saturday night in Tunica, Miss. Porter, now 16-0 with 13 knockouts, dropped Kliewer (10-11, 6 KOs) in the second and third rounds, then flattened him four times in the fifth before the match was called to a halt at 1:08 of the round.

It was another rousing victory for Porter and second since going the distance against veteran Russell Jordan at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on Feb. 19. In that one, Porter suffered a cut eye and had to weather a solid effort from a strong opponent. Porter, 22, said he learned from going those 10 hard rounds.

“I gained a lot of experience in that fight,” said Porter, a graduate of Stow High. “We refer to it and keep progressing. We haven’t changed a lot of things per se, but we have taken a different approach. It’s about being more proficient.”

According to his father and trainer Ken Porter, one new aspect is to land body shots.

“We worked a lot on body punches,” said Ken Porter, who was back in Cleveland on Monday. “That’s what Shawn dropped him with the first time, a liver shot. The final one was to the body, too.”

Ken Porter said his son will be moving into the welterweight ranks, dropping the seven pounds from 154. He has been training at Health 360 in Mayfield Heights and at King’s Gym in Bedford Heights.

Plans call for his next bout in five weeks, with a national television appearance in the works. Porter has fought on Showtime’s “ShoBox” series and the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights,” which was the CSU bout.


May 30, 2010    THE STOW SENTRY

Stow-Munroe Falls graduate Shawn Porter continued his assault on the pro ranks when he scored a technical knockout against Robert Kliewer May 22 at the Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, Miss.

Shawn, 22, the North American Boxing Organization junior middleweight champion, knocked Kliewer down seven times, including four times in the fifth round. The match was stopped in the fifth round.

Shawn set the tone early and sent Kliewer to the canvas less than 30 seconds into the first round.

"I hit him with some body shots," Shawn said. "He had welts and bruises on his ribs. Robert is a tough customer."

Ken Porter, who is Shawn's father, trainer and manager, agreed.

"I was so impressed with Bobby," he said. "I want to work him. That young man has the ability and the talent."

Shawn sent Kliewer to the canvas with another right hand later in the match, but Kliewer managed to keep rising to his feet.

Shawn, however, didn't let up and continued to dominate the overmatched Kliewer until the bout was stopped.

Shawn improved to 15-0 with 12 knockouts in his professional career. Kliewer dropped to 10-11.

Shawn fought at the Fitzgerald Casino for the sixth time in his brief career.

"It will probably be the last time I fight there," he said. "I'll be moving on to bigger and better things. It has been a lot of fun. The people there have baked me cookies and they took pictures with me."

Shawn is planning to participate in the Stow-Munroe Falls Relay for Life June 5 at the Akron General Health Center in Stow.

He also is scheduled to fight Aug. 28 at his alma mater, Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Shawn Porter vs Russell Jordan

Breaking News: Shawn Porter, Ohio’s own son, returns home and continues his torrid pace through boxing’s Junior Middleweight Division.  Recently named one of the “Top 20” prospects by Dan Raphael ESPN’s top analystin the game; just coming off of his 12th victory with 10KOs; amid international attention and rising US public awareness (as Manny Pacquio’s chief sparring partner in his huge win over Miguel Cotto in late November): Porter is stepping up his game with several firsts in his next fight:

It is his first fight back in his home town as a pro, his first 12 round contest and his first professional Title Fight all in one bout.

Prize Fight Promotions and Warner Promotions are teaming up to bring in the very respected Russell Jordan with a record of 15-6 including 10KOs to step up the competition.

The evening promises to be a great night of bouts supporting the main event. The bout card will contain  seven more rising Ohio fighters and the 4 time Junior Olympic Champion Dominic Wade (Largo, MD)  facing off against Omar Bell (Atlanta, GA).