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Porter’s chance to shine

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

IBF welterweight champion Shawn ‘Showtime’ Porter has quietly had an almost meteoric rise in the sport of boxing. In the span of three years, the Ohio native has gone from winning minor 147 titles to a holding a major title and main event status, and along the way adding veteran scalps to his resume.

Porter now finds himself on his third defense of his title when he faces Kell Brook as the primary bout on a Showtime televised fight card from Carson, California.

From the sounds of things, Porter is aware of his rise in the sport and is looking to continue his rise as a pugilist while speaking to media one week out from fight night.

“I stay hungry because I know the feeling. I know what it takes to get to this position; I know the struggle along the way. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment. I’m not concerned about Kell Brook. Earlier today, people were asking me about his power, and I don’t have much to say about that other than that I haven’t seen anything on film that makes him different from anybody else.

In Brook, Porter will be facing a fighter almost unknown to the U.S. as the UK native has had only one bout on U.S. soil in his 24 fight career.

Although Porter has fought all of his bouts in the U.S., he too will be on a foreign soil of sorts as ‘Showtime’ has yet to lace up leather at the Stub Hub Center, the fistic venue set just outside of Los Angeles with a penchant for producing Fight of the Year and Fight of the Year caliber type fights throughout the years.

“I believe that Brook will feel the added pressure in this being his first title fight. I handled it great. I welcomed it and loved it going into my first title fight. I’m not sure if he has the same personality to handle the extra pressure. I do know there will be a big crowd out there and I can’t wait. The West Coast is hot and the crowd gets loud. I’m ready.”

Both fighters are undefeated as professionals, and although honest about this being the biggest stage for him, Brook exhibits no fear of fighting on the Left Coast of the United States.

“It’s been a long time coming for me, fighting for this world title, with all the postponements before. But this is the start for me, fighting at the elite level in America.

“People always have an opinion; I just want to compete with the best fighters in the world. I’m a fighter. I was born to compete. I think about fighting in somebody else’s backyard. It goes through my mind, of course. Many things go through my mind. But it’s boxing and there’s nothing I can do. It’s the way the situation is. I’ve traveled a long way to challenge for the world title, but I’m prepared for everything and anything.”

Sounds like we have a fight on our hands come next Saturday night.

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