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.
This 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).
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.
“Boxing’s Future Champions,” presented by Prize Fight Boxing, will air on PPV at www.PrizeFightTV.com, commencing at 8 PM/ET, for only $4.95.
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 www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org
Doors open at 7 PM/ET, first fight 8 PM/ET.