Porter: Thurman is not ducking me, the business is


Shawn PorterPrior to Shane Mosley’s sixth-round knockout of Ricardo Mayorga on Saturday, Tha Boxing Voice’s Sean Zittel caught up with former IBF World welterweight champion Shawn Porter, who was in attendance to support Mosley.

A week ago, Ken Porter, Shawn’s father and trainer, told 5 Star Boxing that Thurman had yet to respond to a phone call about making the fight a reality. As a result, accusations began to mount that the current WBA World champion was ducking the fight.

Porter brought up a Q&A session that he conducted on Twitter from last week where he answered a question from a fan that asked if he thought Thurman was ducking him.

“Thurman is not ducking me. The business is,” Porter stated on Twitter last Tuesday.

Porter attempted to explicate further his reasoning to Zittel.

“What I mean by that is the business has to make sense,” Porter explained. “Everyone out there, be patient. We’ve both been sitting. This fight will come, but even if it makes sense, we’re fighters. We’re ready to fight anytime, anyplace.”

Handling disappointment goes a long way as a professional fighter. There is absolutely no time to dwell over a fight that couldn’t be made at that exact moment. Porter understands that his responsibility is to stay in shape and be ready for any opportunity that comes his way.

That approach should keep him fresh when the Thurman opportunity presents itself.

“I’m taking on who they tell me to take on. I’m going to try and keep knocking them down and keep moving and progressing,” he added.

“This fight will happen. I don’t know when, but it will happen.”

Porter is also open to fighting former unified 140 lb. champion Danny Garcia and traveled to Brooklyn to observe his fight against former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi, but was left shrugging his shoulders.

“Like a lot of people, I wasn’t too impressed. We’ll see if we get that fight soon.”