Last week’s Los Angeles press conference for Spence vs. Porter bore a resemblance to a certain neo-noir action thriller set in Los Angeles.  If you haven’t seen To Live & Die in L.A.,  the film tells the story of the lengths two Secret Service agents will go in order to get their man. 

After hearing the two combatants you can tell they too will stop at nothing to get their man. Spence vs. Porter also happens to go down at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. And by the end of the night, one will continue to live his boxing life, the other contemplate whether he has one in the ring. 

IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and WBC Welterweight World Champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter will put their respective 147-pound championship straps on the line for a unification bout that headlines a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View on Saturday, September 28 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. 

As both fighters previewed their bout at the presser, they reflected on their respective careers, next moves and each other providing some back handed compliments in the process. 

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Errol Spence on….His Shot

“This is what I’ve been waiting for. I had to be on the sidelines and watch Shawn fight Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, but now I’m in that group. I have the opportunity to fight these top guys and make my name known. You’ve seen my growth over the years to where I’m fighting in bigger and bigger stadiums and headlining the pay-per-views. Now I’m in a unification fight, which is what I’ve wanted for a long time.”

Errol Spence on….Porter

“Shawn is a warrior who always comes to fight and leaves his heart on the table. He always comes ready, but I’m in shape and ready for him too. We’re both always in exciting fights and that’s what we’re going to give the fans…I know Shawn will keep this same energy on fight night. It’s going to be an amazing moment when I get this knockout at STAPLES Center.”

Errol Spence on….Who Got Next

“My whole thing is that I’m looking for the stoppage. I want to make a statement that I’m clearing out the division. I want Manny Pacquiao and all of the top names in this division.”
 
When Shawn Porter had his opportunity at the mic, he chose to take the high road, rather than respond in kind, simply spoke of the event, the caliber of he and Spence and of course, whats next. 
 
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Shawn Porter on….His Shot

“It was only a matter of time until this fight happened. I’ve been patient my entire career and never rushed anything. For me, this fight is happening on time. He’s amongst the elite of this division now and will be after September 28 no matter what.  Being in this position is amazing and I love it. I’ve always looked forward to opportunities like this and I’m going to bring this same energy into the ring.”
 

Shawn Porter on….Spence

“People don’t understand the level that Errol and I are on. He’s expecting the same thing I’m expecting. We’re both training to go 12 hard rounds and out class each other. It’s all about that one moment, and I know I have what it takes to make that moment all mine. I’m looking forward to it.
 

Shawn Porter on….Who Got Next

“When I beat Errol Spence Jr., it doesn’t mean he’s going away. He’s still elite. But I’m going to take care of him September 28 and go after Manny Pacquiao. That’s the plan.”
 
No shortage of confidence from either man. And, Manny Pacquiao, if your ears were ringing last Tuesday. Now you know why!
 
Spence vs. Porter goes down Saturday, September 28 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

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