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Shawn Porter says Errol Spence Jr will move up in weight; Jaron Ennis could follow

Errol Spence Jr

Retired former world champion Shawn Porter expects WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) to move up in weight sooner rather than later.

The 32-year-old Texan southpaw is rumoured to be in discussions for a fight with once-beaten former world champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman 30-1 (22) later this year.

Spence himself has hinted at a move up to junior middleweight, where Jermell ‘Iron Man’ Charlo 31-1-1 (19) reigns supreme with all four major world title belts.

Porter is convinced that the unified 147-pound champion will have just one more outing at the weight before moving on to a new division.

“I think it’s going to be Keith and then I see him moving up,” Porter said to Fighthype.

“I’ve been saying for a long time, I see [WBO welterweight champion] Terence [Crawford], Keith and Errol fighting at 154 pounds. I don’t think they’re going to fight at 147. The belts don’t matter.

“No disrespect, but the belts don’t matter. There’s history there. Everybody is looking at the history, but the true history is you’ve got two dogs and that dog beat that dog.”

Porter, who retired after his 10th round stoppage loss to Crawford 39-0 (30) in November 2021, rates legacy over world titles.

“That’s not what it truly is, but that’s what everybody sees and everybody knows,” said Porter. “I’m going to keep it 100. I have no clue what undisputed even meant because it didn’t mean anything to me.

“What it meant to me is to have fights that I had and the fights that I fought and being in the ring with those guys to do something great that people will remember forever.

“Think about it like this. If you watch a fight between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence, let’s say they fight, and let’s say somebody goes years later to watch that fight and turns it on. They’re not going to talk about the belts being in the ring.”

The 154-pound division is stacked with talent. Charlo’s mandatory title defence against Tim Tszyu 21-0 (15) scheduled for January 28 was postponed when he injured his hand in sparring. With time for recovery, rehabilitation and a full training camp, that bout is unlikely to take place in the first half of this year. The almost 6-foot-6 Sebastian Fundora 21-0-1 (13) remains a dangerous proposition for anyone at the weight, while Magomed Kurbanov 24-0 (13) is looking for a big fight.

The addition of Spence and possibly Crawford to the roster would arguably making it the deepest division in boxing.

Another boxer prepared to make the jump up in weight is the talented Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis 29-0 (27) who will take on Karen Chukhadzhian 21-1 (11) at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC on Saturday night for the vacant IBF interim welterweight title.

If Ennis wins and Spence moves up, he will be installed as full champion.

But don’t think for a moment that Ennis will rest on his laurels making mandatory title defences.

“If I get an opportunity at ’54, I’ll definitely go to ’54,” Ennis said in a recent interview with FightHubTV.

“I’m hungry. It don’t matter who you put in front of me, I just want to fight and prove myself and show the world my talent.”