34-year-old boxing legend Shawn Porter competed in the final bout of his career against Terence Crawford on ESPN+ PPV. Porter was stopped for the first time in his career, and he announced his retirement from boxing soon after this fight.
Porter was knocked down twice by Crawford in the 10th round and his father/trainer threw in the towel to stop the fight for good. Many people speculated that it was because of this loss, Porter decided to retire, he claimed he was going to announce his retirement regardless of the result of this bout.
Porter had a long and decorated boxing career, he made $4 Million guaranteed from this bout, and he sits in a comfortable position to live his life in harmony. Talking about his decision, he said, “I was prepared to announce my retirement tonight, win, lose or draw. Even if it was a draw … I was not going to do it again. I’m announcing my retirement right now.”
“I’ve given this sport a great deal,” Shawn Porter is happy about his contribution to the world of boxing
Porter then talked about how fortunate he is that he is completely healthy and he can go on to live a happy life with his family, he said, “The way that this sport has gone, you guys expect us to fight for 15-20 years. It’s said, ‘We hope he leaves this game with his health,’ but you never really know. I’ve been fortunate to be in some really big fights against some really good guys and always have my health at the end of the night.”
He added, “I knew that Errol Spence Jr. was going to be my last fight, I knew that in 2017 when he won his championship fight,” Porter said. “But after we fought, I felt that there was something else, and that something else was Terence Crawford. … I’ve given this sport a great deal.”