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Shawn Porter: Size doesn't matter

Age: 21
Born: October 27, 1987 in Akron, Ohio
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Height: 5’ 7”
Weight: 154 pounds
Pro Record: 8-0, 6 KOs
Former 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate & 2007 World Golden Gloves Tournament

Size doesn’t matter. Neither does preconceived judging of ability based on what a boxer didn’t do in the past. Just ask Shawn Porter’s opponents.

The 21-year-old Porter started boxing 13 years ago and he developed into one of the most decorated U.S. amateur boxers of the 21st century, despite not qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. 

Porter stands only 5-7 but, as many opponents have already learned, good things often come in small packages and this particular one is the total package. An outstanding running back in football-crazed Ohio, Shawn passed on college football scholarships to focus on becoming an Olympic boxer.

Porter won more than 260 amateur matches with only 11 losses, capturing the 2007 World Golden Gloves Tournament, among his many accomplishments and achievements in amateur boxing. 

His dream of qualifying for the Olympics was shattered under a cloud of controversy concerning unusual pairings that matched two regional champions, Porter and Danny Jacobs, against each other in the opening round of the Box-Offs. Porter supporters believe he didn’t get a shot at qualifying for the Olympics because he didn’t have an opportunity to box the eventual middleweight U.S. representative, David Estrada, who Shawn has defeated twice, in the Box-Offs. 

During his illustrious amateur career, Porter also defeated contemporary unbeaten prospects such as U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade, Jacobs, Edwin Rodriguez, Jonathan Nelson, and, of course, Estrada. 

“The driving force for Shawn is that he should have been in the Olympics and you can’t judge him by looking at him,” Porter’s manager/trainer and father, Kenny Porter, commented. “One day he hopes to get at shot at all of those (aforementioned) guys. It was disappointing for the kid because he put so much time into the amateur, even giving up football. At least eight 208 Olympians, including Estrada and Andrade, Shawn had beaten, including the Russian qualifier.” 

Porter creates a lot of problems for his opponents because of his style that includes quickness, speed, agility, aggressiveness, reflexes and power. As a pro, he comes out boxing to set-up his power, often working his foe’s body, and mixing-in a variety of effective combinations. 

Shawn turned pro October 3, 2008, putting Norman Johnson to sleep, and he’s remained active with eight wins in only seven months, highlighted by a first-round TKO of Eloy Suarez (10-4) and win by first-round disqualification in his last fight (April 24, 2009) against 40-fight veteran Sammy Sparkman. 

Constantly learning as a sparring partner for world champions Kelly Pavlik and Chad Dawson, Porter becomes more dangerous with each fight and, as he says, his time will come. 

Shawn Porter is promoted by Prize Fight Boxing and he’s managed and trained by his father, Kenny Porter.


2009 by Fightnews.com.