Shawn Porter on working with Shane Mosley and reflecting back to his best sparring memories

Shawn Porter taking a breather after sparring with Shane Mosley in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

Earlier this week, inside of Barry’s Boxing in Las Vegas, Nev., former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter was seen putting in some spirited rounds with former three-division titlist Shane Mosley.

It’s always great to see fighters in the game helping each other out, whether in or out of the ring. Porter is coming off of his biggest victory to date, a June 20 decision over Adrien Broner, while Mosley is looking towards an Aug. 29 rematch with Ricardo Mayorga in Los Angeles.

“That’s the first time we worked together since the week before my fight [with Erick Bone],” Porter said following his work with Shane.

“I tell you what, he’s two weeks away from his fight,” Porter continued. “My friends ask me ‘Is Shane going to be ready for this fight?’ He’s still punching hard and he’s going to be ready.”

Porter feels that sparring is an essential part of his training regimen and elaborated on why the work is so important.

“I’m learning on the job,” the Akron native stated. “When you spar, this is when you learn new things and work on things. Today I’m able to learn some of the veteran moves he has that I’ve never been up against.”

Porter’s name has been ringing bells in the boxing community for a while now yet he is still just 27 years old. Still, Porter speaks like a veteran when assessing his progression.

“I’m just older,” Porter said. “At anything you do, you get a little wiser. It’s part of life. I’m more understanding of the things I’m doing. At 28, I’m still coming into my prime but I feel great.”

Check below for the full sparring session between Porter and Mosley as well as other boxing updates

Shawn Porter discusses his sparring with Shane Mosley

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