Shawn Porter/FOX PBC Fight Night Quotes
LOS ANGELES (August 18, 2020) - Two-time welterweight champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter will face unbeaten German contender Sebastian Formella in a 12-round WBC/IBF welterweight title eliminator headlining FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes, Saturday, August 22 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. "Me and my dad have been working hard since April staying ready for this opportunity to get back in the ring," said Porter. "Over the past couple of years, any time I step in the ring there are some new wrinkles to my game. We understand that you can't fight one way against everyone, so you're going to see some small, slight wrinkles, but I'll always been an aggressive fighter. Once I smell that blood, I'm going for it. We're excited to show off a different side of Shawn Porter."
"I have always said that I wanted to compete against the best, and now I have that chance on Saturday, August 22," said Formella. "Even though the experts may think I'm the underdog, I have trained hard for this fight and will give everything I have in the ring. Shawn Porter is rightly a superstar in this weight class and I'm excited to get in the ring and test myself against him."
FOX PBC Fight Night begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features rising undefeated contender Sebastián "The Towering Inferno" Fundora going up against hard-hitting Nathaniel Gallimore in the 10-round super welterweight co-main event. Sensational rising prospect Joey Spencer will also compete on the broadcast in a six-round middleweight special attraction against Shawn West. All programming can be live streamed in English and Spanish on the new FOX Sports app. FOX Deportes offers delayed coverage of all FOX and FS1 programming beginning at 10:00 PM ET.
"With championship-winning performances and numerous 'Fight of the Year' battles, Shawn Porter has made himself into one of the top welterweights of this generation and he will bring his fan friendly style to the ring yet again as he seeks a path to a third world title," said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "Standing in his way is a hungry undefeated fighter in Sebastian Formella, who no doubt is coming from Germany intent on pulling off the upset August 22. In addition, rising super welterweight Sebastián Fundora will face perhaps his toughest test to date in Nathaniel Gallimore, and top prospect Joey Spencer again will look to show the promise that makes him a potential rising star in the sport." Sebastian Fundora "You have to be at your very best when there's adversity, like this pandemic, and I will be the best version of myself when I face Gallimore," said Fundora. "You've only got three choices in life: give up, give in, or give it all you've got. I always rise up to the toughest challenges that are put in front of me and I plan on doing it again on August 22." Nathaniel Gallimore
"I'm back working with my old trainer George Hernandez and I'm excited for everyone to see a new and improved fighter," said Gallimore. "I have to go in there and prove myself. Fundora is a good fighter, but he's never experienced the caliber of competition that I've fought. There are levels to this. I'm planning to to dominate each round. I just want everyone to tune in and catch the action because it's going to be a fight to remember."
Joey Spencer "This was the best training camp I ever had," said Spencer. "I feel better than ever coming into fight week. I know I have a pretty tough opponent with a good record, so I want to come out and show how much I've grown during this time away from the ring." "I'm blessed to be back and do what I love," said West. "Joey is a popular fighter who's been molded and shaped for big situations and shows like this. I'm extremely excited to pick his brain and talk combat in the with him on Saturday night."