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Shawn Porter believes Errol Spence Jr can reverse result against Terence Crawford at 154lb

Terence Crawford (left) lands on Errol Spence Jr. Photo credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

Retired former two-time welterweight world champion turned pundit Shawn Porter believes Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) can perform better in a rematch against undisputed 147-pound champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31).

The 33-year-old Spence from Desoto, Texas was comprehensively outboxed by Omaha, Nebraska’s Crawford, 35, who beat him to the punch all night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on the weekend.

The damage from Crawford’s punches was evident early as he dropped Spence in the second round and maintained the ascendancy with each progressive round.

In the seventh Spence was down twice, but his corner and referee Harvey Dock allowed the bout to continue until 2:32 of the ninth when Dock halted the carnage.

It was as comprehensive a victory as you could have hoped for.

But after the loss Spence indicated he would activate his rematch clause with Crawford, hoping the second go-round would take place at the junior middleweight limit in December.

A scroll through Boxing Twitter indicates there isn’t much appetite for a rematch, but Porter is one voice swimming against the tide.

“I’m an advocate for the rematch,” Porter told TMZ Sports. “I believe wholeheartedly in Errol Spence Jr

“Errol Spence has the ability to make adjustments. He has the ability to come in stronger, especially at 154. And mentally, he’s strong. I think that this is now just a wrinkle on his career and I think he wants to fix that wrinkle.”

Meanwhile Porter’s father Kenny Porter, who trained him during his successful career, believes the fight was allowed to go too long.

“I don’t know what the game plan was,” the elder Porter told FightHubTV. “I do have some thoughts on how long the punishment that Bud was handing out, how long that lasted. In my eyes, me personally, that lasted too long. I know without a doubt, I wouldn’t have let that go on that far. It’s not necessary.

“Definitely [the stoppage should have happened] there [in the seventh round], but I’m saying, like, after six rounds into a fight and you haven’t won them, there’s no way you can come back on the scorecards. You can’t come back. You need the knockout to come back.

“You have a trained eye as a trainer to see your guy is not going to be able to come back from this. He’s down too far on the cards, he doesn’t have the pop on the punch, he’s not able to hit this guy with anything substantial to change the direction of this fight so as each round goes on, he’s just taking more and more punishment.

“I would’ve definitely said that’s enough, son, we’ve had enough. We’re done.”

Porter disagrees with his son that the rematch could play out differently.

“Personally, I wouldn’t want to see it,” he said. “If [Spence] decides to go for that and they make that fight at 154, I know he’s going to do better and he believes in himself. He’s a warrior. And he believes he can beat Terence.

“I believe that opportunity should be there for him if everything else is in place in terms of his health. We don’t know — I know from being in those dressing rooms, that after these fights are over, guys will have to be seen by doctors, not just onsite, but they’ll go to the hospital and I’ve seen guys win fights, they’re the victorious guy… and they’re still going to the hospital.”