Shawn Porter is one of two men to face both Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford, and therefore well-placed to weigh in on the argument of who has the better record in the sport.
The two men are undefeated champions in the 147 ranks. Crawford has moved through lightweight and super-lightweight to get here, whereas Spence is a career-long welterweight.
Ahead of their undisputed clash this month, a lot of the talk is focused on who has the better wins in the division. A direct analysis on performances against both Kell Brook and Porter has been made, too.
Speaking on his podcast, Porter said that, even despite those common opponents, the resumes were somewhat incomparable.
“This is what I think about resumes, and especially when it comes to these two fighters specifically because they’ve got the common opponents. But the day that they fought these opponents is uncommon.
So you can pick who you want to pick and ‘I fought him and I broke both eyes’ and this and that. The bottom line is a lot of fighters, who they are on Tuesday they’re not that same fighter on Saturday.”
Whilst giving a nod to Kell Brook above – Spence broke his orbital bone in their bout – he did go on to reference his own fights with the pair.
He took Spence the distance, suffering a split decision loss in 2019. Crawford was able to do one better in 2021, forcing a stoppage over the tough Porter.
Again, ‘Showtime’ believes these results say more about him than the champions.
“Who I was against Crawford was not who I was against Spence. I ain’t taking nothing from Crawford and I ain’t taking nothing from Spence whatsoever.
But for me my situation was all internal. That was s**t that I took to the ring.”