The two-time world welterweight champion is shining in and out of the ring as he prepares to call boxing for the Summer Olympics.
Two-time world welterweight champion Shawn Porter is taking his talents to the Olympic Games.
Porter will work as an NBC boxing analyst at the Summer Olympics, slated to run from July 23 to August 8th.
Porter has proven to be a natural both inside and outside the ring. His nickname “Showtime” became more like “Go Time” when he was asked to go on air to do the color commentary for Caleb Plant vs. Caleb Truax headliner in a FOX PBC Fight Night card on January 30.
Participating in a live broadcast is nothing new to Porter. He called his first fight in 2015, was an analyst on the FOX studio show “Inside PBC Boxing” and works regularly as a commentator for live fights.
This time on television was different.
“I was called the morning of the fight and was asked if I could get on a flight [from Las Vegas to Los Angeles] within two hours,” Porter recalled. “I landed without luggage, got to the car and got to the Shrine Exposition Center five minutes before we went live. I just had enough time to get my tie and jacket on.”
And just like that, without much prep time, Porter produced a smooth broadcast in the championship bout Plant won by decision.
It was another example of Porter’s continued effort to establish himself as one of boxing’s best analysts. And unlike most in the business with ring experience, the 33-year-old Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) is still active.
Now he has been rewarded for his dual effort as a fighter and broadcaster.
“I was asked by NBC in January if I was interested in [commentating] the Olympics,” Porter said. “You don’t ask someone if they want to be a part of the Olympics, you tell them you’re going.”
NBC will officially announce Porter’s role as a boxing analyst at a later date. Due to the pandemic, the broadcast will take place remotely from studios in Stamford, Connecticut.
“That’s bittersweet,” Porter said. “I’m not going to Japan, but I’m still excited about the opportunity.”
Porter last fought when he defeated Sebastian Formella by decision last summer. He hopes to get into the ring before the Olympics.
Kenny Porter, Shawn’s dad and trainer, couldn’t be prouder of his multi-talented son.
“If you would have told me that my kid would work for FOX, will do the Olympics and have an opportunity to fight [Terence] Crawford and/or Errol Spence Jr. again, you couldn’t have written a better script,” Kenny Porter said.
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