Shawn Porter Belongs in the International Boxing Hall of Fame

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Shawn Porter Belongs in the International Boxing Hall of Fame

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Shawn Porter Belongs in the International Boxing Hall of Fame

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Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

The International Boxing Hall of Fame held its annual ceremony for the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 this weekend after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the attendees for this year’s induction was former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter, who supported his former contemporaries who were being inducted. Porter retired in 2021 and will not be eligible for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame until 2026.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame inducted 15 boxers this year. When Porter receives eligibility, he deserves a place in Canastota, N.Y. It will be difficult for Porter to be inducted as a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but that should not prevent him from getting in after his first year on the ballot.

Porter (31-4-1, 17 KOs) was a two-time welterweight world champion. He held the IBF welterweight world title from December 2013 to August 2014. After four years of battling at the top of the welterweight division and making one more challenge for the WBA welterweight title against Keith Thurman in June 2016, Porter became the WBC welterweight world champion in September 2018 with a unanimous decision win over Danny Garcia.

His four losses came against world champions Kell Brook, Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr., and Terence Crawford. The loss to Crawford was his last fight in November 2021 before he retired.

Porter defeated the likes of Devon Alexander, Paulie Malignaggi, Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Garcia, and Yordenis Ugas. Even when Porter was without a belt from 2014 to 2018, he was viewed as one of the best welterweights in boxing.

His 2016 world title fight against Thurman was a Fight of the Year contender and it went down as an instant classic bout. Porter always competed against the best welterweights and dared to be the best welterweight of his era. His willingness to take on perilous opponents throughout his career made him deserving of a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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