I have made no secret of the fact that I view Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor as a triumph of hype over substance. It will prove to have no relevance to anything actually happening in the combat sports.
But there is at least one very relevant fight on the card for August 26. On Thursday, Shawn Porter vs. Thomas Dulorme was added to the slate.
This is a good fight. Porter was last in action in April, when he stopped Andre Berto in Round 9. I still view Porter as top five at 147 pounds and would rank Dulorme inside the top 20.
Five years ago there were a lot of Puerto Rican fans who hoped Dulorme could become the next Felix Trinidad. But ultimately, Tito’s shoes proved a bit too big for Dulorme to fill. In October 2012 he was dismantled by Luis Abregu–knocked down in Round 3 and again in Round 7, causing his corner to throw in the towel.
He won six straight fights after that loss, including wins over Karim Mayfield and Henry Lundy. Then he faced Terence Crawford for the vacant WBO super lightweight title in April 2015. Dulorme fought on fairly even terms during the first half of the fight, but by Round 6 Crawford had him figured out, knocking him down three times and ending the fight.
Porter beat up Devon Alexander in December 2013 to capture IBF welterweight strap. He steamrolled Paulie Malignaggi in four rounds in April 2014 and simply out-worked Adrien Broner in June 2015. Overall, his record is 27-2-1 with 17 KOs.
Porter’s two losses came against Kell Brook and Keith Thurman, both elite welterweights at the time he faced him. In both cases, Porter fought them tough, though clearly deserved to lose.
Ideally I would like to see Porter face Danny Garcia, though I suspect Garcia will be unwilling to take much of a risk prior to getting a rematch against Keith Thurman, he beat him earlier this year.