By Keith Idec
Errol Spence Jr. doesn’t dislike Shawn Porter.
Spence isn’t sure why Porter portrayed him as someone that hates the WBC welterweight champion, Spence’s next opponent, during recent interviews. The unbeaten IBF welterweight champion contended that he is indifferent toward Porter during an appearance on “The PBC Podcast,” which was made available Tuesday on premierboxingchampions.com.
“I think he’s kinda making stuff up,” Spence said. “I don’t know where he got that from, I hate his guts and things like that.”
Spence had harsher words for Keith Thurman, the other welterweight champion affiliated with PBC.
“I mean, I dislike Keith Thurman more than I dislike [Porter],” Spence said. “I really don’t, you know, care anything about Shawn Porter or what he has going, or anything like that. So, I don’t know where he got that from – that I’m jealous of him, when I fought on pay-per-view. He hasn’t even fought on pay-per-view yet, so I mean, I don’t know.”
The 29-year-old Spence’s dislike for Thurman mostly stems from the unbeaten WBA welterweight champion’s reluctance to fight him
“He’s been a guy I’ve been wanting to fight for a long time,” Spence said. “Even when I was like 14-0, I wanted to fight him. And plus, I just think he’s corny overall. He’s just a corny individual.”
Spence said later during the podcast that he hopes to fight Thurman after beating Porter, if Thurman can beat Manny Pacquiao in their upcoming WBA welterweight title fight. Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), of Clearwater, Florida, and the Philippines’ Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) are set to fight July 20 in a FOX Sports Pay-Per-View main event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
If Thurman and Spence record respective victories over Pacquiao and Porter, Spence still isn’t sure the logical following fight between them will materialize.
“Keith still don’t mention my name, really,” Spence said. “He keeps saying that we’re gonna fight late 2020.”
Spence (25-0, 21 KOs), of DeSoto Texas, and Las Vegas’ Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) have signed contracts to meet in a welterweight title unification fight on an undetermined date during the fall.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.