Shawn Porter

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Shawn Porter
Statistics
Nickname(s) Showtime
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[1]
Reach 69 12 in (177 cm)[1]
Nationality American
Born (1987-10-27) October 27, 1987 (age 30)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 28
Wins by KO 17
Losses 2
Draws 1

Shawn Porter (born October 27, 1987) is an American professional boxer who held the IBF welterweight title from 2013 to 2014. He is known for his aggressive pressure fighting style, physical strength and high workrate.[2][3] As of October 2017, Porter is ranked as the world's third best active welterweight by The Ring magazine,[4] fourth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[5] and fifth by BoxRec.[6]

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur, Porter competed mostly as a middleweight and compiled an astounding amateur record of 276–14.[7] In 2007 he won the World Golden Gloves Championship but at the PanAm Games Porter was knocked out in the second round by Cuban Emilio Correa.[8] Though he boasts amateur victories[9] over current pro prospects Daniel Jacobs, Demetrius Andrade, Edwin Rodriguez, Shawn Estrada and Jonathan Nelson, he came up just short in qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Olympics team.[10] Porter is a graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High School.[11] There he earned all conference in football his junior and senior year.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Porter is trained and managed by his father Kenny Porter, located in Las Vegas, Nevada.[12]

Middleweight[edit]

Early career[edit]

Porter began his pro career at 165½lbs on October 3, 2008 at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland, USA. His opponent was Norman Johnson. Porter won the fight via first-round TKO.[13] In his 5th professional fight, Porter faced off against 31 year old Cory Jones (4–3, 1 KO) on February 6, 2009. Porter won the fight after 4 rounds via unanimous decision (40–33, 40–33, 39–35). Jones was knocked down twice in round 1. On April 3, 2009, Porter defeated Eloy Suarez (10–4, 5 KOs) via 1st-round TKO. Porter backed Suarez in a corner, landed several right hand power punches and sent him to the canvas. Suarez beat the count, but was out on his feet. The referee waved a halt at 2:59 of round 1.

Light middleweight[edit]

In August 2009, Porter moved down to 154lbs, defeating Lamar Harris at the Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. In December 2009, Porter took on undefeated 27 year old Jamar Patterson (8–0, 4 KOs) at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota in a scheduled 8 round fight. Porter won the fight after the referee waved off the fight in round 4 after Porter knocked down Patterson. Porter won his first Championship belt, the Interim WBO NABO Light Middleweight title against Russell Jordan (15–6, 10 KOs) on ESPN's Friday Night Fights on February 19, 2010. Jordan was deducted a point in 9th round after losing mouthpiece twice as the bout went full 10 rounds. The scorecards read 97–92, 97–92, 100–89.[14][15] On April 16, 2010 he knocked out veteran Raul Pinzon (17–4, 16 KOs) in just one round.[16] In July, Porter beat 24 year old Ray Robinson (11–1, 4 KOs) via unanimous decision (99–89, 97–92, 98–91) at DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi.[17]

Welterweight[edit]

On October 15, 2010 Porter moved down to 147lbs. His first opponent was American Hector Munoz (18–3–4, 11 KOs) at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. It was for the NABF welterweight title, left vacant by Saul Alvarez. Munoz was cut on the right side of his head by a barrage of punches in round 5. During round 9, Porter's promoter, Gary Shaw, ran over to Munoz's corner pleading for them to stop the fight which they finally agreed and threw in the towel at 2:05 of round 9.[18]

On February 18, 2011 Porter successfully defended his title against Anges Adjaho (25–4, 14 KOs) via 10 round unanimous decision (99–91, 99–91, 97–93). The fight was on the undercard of Fernando Guerrero vs. Derrick Findley and was part of the first-ever televised live boxing card in 3D. At 144 lbs, Porter was fighting at the lightest weight of his professional career to date.[19][20][21] Adjaho entered having lost four of his previous six bouts and having not won in just over two years.[22]

In April 2012, after over a year out, Porter stopped veteran journeyman Patrick Thompson in round 6. Porter claimed the vacant WBO NABO welterweight title by defeating Alfonso Gómez (23–5–2, 12 KOs) on July 28 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.[23] This was the first fight for Gómez since suffering a sixth-round knockout loss to Saul Alvarez (37–0–1) ten months prior. Porter overcame a cut above his right eye in the opening round and a nasty gash in the tenth that spanned his left eyebrow to remain unbeaten. The judges scored the bout 98–92, 96–94, 97–93.[24][25]

Porter vs. Díaz I, II[edit]

On December 15, Porter fought on the undercard of Khan-Molina at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles against veteran Mexican former world champion Julio Díaz (40–7, 29 KOs). The fight ended in a split decision draw after 10 rounds 96–94, 95–95, 94–96. Porter started the fight well winning the opening few rounds. It appeared as though Díaz was taking the opening rounds to adjust to Porter's style as he started to attack following the fourth round with body shots, which landed accurately.[26]

On May 18, 2013 Porter fought undefeated Canadian Phil Lo Greco (25–0, 14 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.[27] Porter won the fight after 10 rounds winning a unanimous decision 99–89, 100–88, 100–88.[28][29]

On August 18, 2013 it was announced that Porter would be part of a triple header on Fox Sports 2 on September 12, headlining against Julio Díaz (40–8–1, 29 KOs) in a rematch.[30] Porter improved his record to 22–0–1 after defeating Díaz by decision, retaining the NABO title and winning the vacant IBF North American title as a result. At the end of 10 rounds, the judges scored it (97–93, 98–92, 97–93). Although it was still a tough fight, Porter put the work in and beat Díaz convincingly.[31]

Porter vs. Alexander[edit]

In October 2013, it was announced that Porter would challenge IBF Welterweight Champion Devon Alexander (25–1, 14 KOs) on November 30 at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. Alexander was thought to be making his second title defense against England's Amir Khan but Instead had to settle for facing Porter in a much lower-profile bout.[32] Alexander and Porter had met in the amateurs in the late 90's, with Alexander winning a 3-round decision. The fight took place on December 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Porter controlled most of the fight, beating Alexander via a unanimous decision to win the welterweight world title. The judges scored the bout 116–112, 116–112 and 115–113. ESPN.com also had Porter winning 117–111. Porter was delighted to capture his first world title, "We worked hard and it came through in the ring. We made it look easy tonight. This is a blessing. We wanted to come out here and establish that I was the better fighter and we made that happen." In the fight, Porter suffered a damaged right eye due to accidental clash of heads.[33][34]

Porter vs. Malignaggi[edit]

Golden Boy announced on March 12, 2014 Porter would defend his newly won world title on April 19, against former world welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (33–5, 7 KOs) on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov at the DC Armory in Washington.[35] Porter entered as the # 6 welterweight contender in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Malignaggi was ranked as the # 8 contender. Porter won via 4th-round TKO. A double jab opened a cut under the left eye of Malignaggi in round one. Porter had a huge second round, badly rocking Malignaggi multiple times. In round four, Porter hurt Malignaggi with a lunging left hook moments later and a barrage, which included a couple of clean right hands which sent Malignaggi down and under the bottom rope. The referee waved an end to the bout without beginning a count. In the post fight, Porter said, "The objective was to use the jab and get to the body, and it all worked. The first knockdown, he knew that right hand was going to come all night. [In the fourth round], it was a big right hand. He knew it would land all night. We kept throwing it." Malignaggi was humble in defeat, "He has potential to be great, and I told him to go be great I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I don't want to lose to an average champion. I want to lose to a great champion. If this is my last fight, I hope I lost to a great champion."[36][37]

Porter vs. Brook, Boné[edit]

Porter was ordered by the IBF to make his next mandatory defense against Kell Brook (32–0, 22 KOs). The fight took place at on August 16, 2014 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Brook defeated Porter for the title via 12 round majority decision. Two American judges scored it (117–111 and 116–112) for Brook while the English judge scored it (114–114). Brook landed 158 of his 441 punches (36%), mostly jabs. Porter threw 308 more power punches, in total landing 156 of 626 thrown (25%). Porter felt as though he won the fight, "I thought that I was effective with my attack, but he was ready. I'm not giving any excuses. I want the rematch. I'll find him where he's at, and I'll take it from him."[38][39][40] This was a Showtime debut for Porter. The fight did not generate as many viewers as expected, an average of 661,000 viewers. The whole card averaged just 514,000 viewers.[41]

On March 13, 2015 Porter was scheduled to make his debut as a part of the Premier Boxing Champions series on Spike TV against veteran Roberto Garcia. The fight took place in Ontario, California, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.[42] Garcia was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness prior to the weigh-in and was forced to withdraw. However, things came together and Erick Boné (16–1, 8 KOs) stepped in to face Porter on short notice at a contractually agreed-upon weight of 149lbs.[43] Porter got off to a slow start to feel what Boné would offer. Boné was able to counter due to Porters reckless boxing. Porter then began to aim for the midsection, landing power shots, eventually dropping Boné in round 5. Boné got up but Porter went on the attack again dropping Boné once again. Clearly hurt, referee Jack Reiss made the 10 count. Porter admitted he had worked on the body shots in training, "I felt the body punches going in, I knew he was getting hurt. I knew it was gonna get him out. We focused on that in the gym."[44][45]

Porter vs. Broner[edit]

On May 16, 2015 TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions announced that Porter would fight fellow Ohio boxer Adrien Broner (30–1, 22 KOs) on June 20 at the MGM Grand Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC at a catchweight of 144lbs as per Broner's demand. Going into the fight, Broner was 4–0 at the arena.[46] There was controversary around the catchweight. Leading up the fight the Welterweight champ Porter also criticized, that Broner had a 157lbs limit clause in the contract, which stopped Porter from rehydrating to his normal weight on fight day. Porter was quoted as saying,“You want to move up into my weight, then move up! Don’t be scared. Don’t be worried. Don’t be afraid. Put your skill on the line along with your record. Put it all on the line at 147. Don’t put it at 144, then not want to talk about it.”[47] The remarks came as Broner had repeatedly refused to comment on the catchweight situation, which many believed would put Broner in a negative light.[48] Porter dominated majority of the fight to win a unanimous decision over Broner. Broner was warned many times for holding during the bout and was deducted a point in round 11. Broner opened the 12th round with a clean left hand that connected and dropped Porter for the first time in his career. Porter recovered from the knockdown and improved his record to 26–1–1 despite the usual pre-fight trash talk by Broner. The 3 judges scored the bout 114–112, 118–108, 115–111.[49] The fight drew close to 2.4 million viewers.[50] Broner had a purse of $1.35 million compared to Porter's $1 million.[51]

Porter vs. Thurman[edit]

It was announced on February 17, that WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (26–0 (1), 22 KOs) would put his title on the line against Porter on March 12, 2016 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.[52] On February 23, Thurman's promoter said he had been forced to postpone his upcoming fight with Porter after being injured in a car accident. Lou DiBella had insisted the injury is not serious or career threatening, but admits the American is lucky to have escaped major injury. Thurman had not been cleared to resume training by his doctors and is expected to be on the sidelines for between four and six weeks.[53] Porter announced that his rescheduled world title clash against Thurman will take place on June 25 at the Barclays Center.[54] The World Boxing Association has ordered the winner of the Thurman and Porter to face interim WBA Welterweight champion David Avanesyan (22–1–1, 11 KOs), who beat #3 WBA Shane Mosley (49–10–1, 41 KOs) on May 28.[55][56]

In an old-fashioned fight of the year candidate, Porter was unsuccessful in winning the title as Thurman won by unanimous decision, before a crowd of 12,718, when all three judges scored an identical 115–113 in favor of Thurman. Porter earned a $1m purse. This was the first main event televised by CBS in prime time since February 15, 1978, when Muhammad Ali lost a 15-round split decision and the heavyweight title to Leon Spinks in a massive upset. Thurman landed 235 of 539 punches (44 percent) and Porter landed 236 of 662 (36 percent). After the fight, there was immediate talks of a rematch.[57] The fight averaged 3.1 million viewers, according to ESPN. The card itself averaged 2.4 million viewers.[58] The live gate was over $1.1 million in ticket sales, the highest gate in the history of Barclays Center to date, it was also the second highest attendance in the history of Barclays Center, with over 12,000 paying customers in attendance.[59] Premier Boxing Champions voted the bout as their 'Fight of the Year'.[60]

Porter vs. Berto[edit]

On February 13, 2017 it was announced that a deal was close to being made between Porter and former Welterweight world champion Andre Berto (31–4, 24 KOs).[61] On March 5, it was officially confirmed the fight would take place on April 22, 2017 at the Barclays Center in New York City with CBS confirming Showtime would televise the bout.[62][63][64] Halfway through the press conference, promoter Lou DiBella confessed that he received a phone call from WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman and he reported the fight would be a final eliminator. On March 4, Keith Thurman defeated Danny Garcia to become the new WBA and WBC unified Welterweight champion.[65]

In front of 9,118, Porter earned another world title fight against Thurman after he stopped Berto inside the distance. Porter used power shots to the body of Berto to wear him down over the rounds. Berto was dropped in round 2, the same round Porter suffered a bad cut from clash of heads. After round 4, Porter was cut above both eyes and Berto was cut above the left eye, all due to clash of heads. Porter dropped Berto once again in round 9, forcing the stoppage. At the time of stoppage, Porter was ahead on all scorecards, 79–71, 79–74 and 78–73. Porter was the busier fighter, landing 175 of 448 (39%) punches thrown, whilst Berto landed 81 of 254 thrown (32%). Many experts called the fight dirty due to constant clash of heads and blood pouring from both fighters. Porter said, "My intention is never to use my head as a weapon. This was a just very hard-fought battle by both of us and I'm blessed to get the victory."[66][67]

Porter earned $1 million whilst Berto got the higher amount of $1.2 million for the fight.[68] The fight averaged 468,000 viewers on Showtime.[69]

Porter vs. Granados[edit]

Due to Keith Thurman being sidelined for the remainder of 2017, on July 17 the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes, that he would likely order a fight between the #1 Porter and #2 Danny Garcia (33–1, 19 KOs) for the Interim WBC title. He also went on to state, if Porter or Garcia declined to take part in the interim title fight, he would move on to the next highest available ranked fighter. At that time, Manny Pacquiao was #3, Jessie Vargas was #4 and Konstantin Ponomarev was ranked #5 by the WBC.[70] A day later, Porter added fuel to the speculation when he called out García in a WWE-esque promo on social media, "I just heard that the WBC will ask Showtime Shawn Porter to fight another title eliminator. And they want me to fight none other than the cherry picker himself - Danny Garcia. What I say to you Danny García - let's get it on,"[71] Porter claimed the ball was now in Garcia's court.[72]

On July 30, Ringtv announced that Porter would fight on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor undercard at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, however won't be part of the Showtime PPV card. Instead his fight against 27 year old former light welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (24–2, 16 KOs), who last fought in a stoppage loss to Terence Crawford in April 2015, would headline the preliminary card on Fox.[73] Porter pulled out of his fight with Dulorme on August 17, 9 days before the fight, due to a death in his family. Mayweather Promotions released a statement confirming 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (19–3, 9 KOs) would take his place in fighting Dulorme.[74] On August 2, 2017 the WBC president confirmed that he still had the intention of ordering the fight between Porter and Garcia for the interim title.[75]

On September 28, ESPN reported that Porter would fight again before the end of the year on the Wilder vs. Stiverne undercard on November 4 at the Barclays Center in New York City against 28 year old Adrían Granados (18–5–2, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Porter praised Granados ahead of the fight, "Against Granados I'm getting into the ring with someone who is very established as an amateur and a professional, has great skills and isn't going to go in there and lay down. That's always going to bring out the best in me."[76]

Before a crowd of 10,924, Porter fought hard to earn a 12-round unanimous decision over Granados to claim the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title. All three judges' scored the fight The judges scored the fight 117–111 in favour of Porter. Porter worked hard and did enough to claim the 10 rounds. Throughout the rounds, although Granados was also effective, Porter switched tactics, notably working on the inside and land some clean shots. Porter faded in the 11th and 12th rounds, and resorted to using movement to preserve his win. Granados had enough energy to withstand any punishment inflicted by Porter. The crowd began to jeer in the final round, usually the more excited rounds, as Porter moved and clinched, rather than thrown punches. At one point in the final round, Porter grabbed gold of Granados to avoid being hit. Granados looked at the crowd and shouted, “He won’t let go of me.”[77] CompuBox Stats showed that Porter was the busier and more accurate boxer, landing 209 of 583 punches thrown (36%), while Granandos landed 166 of 680 thrown (24%). Porter explained the reason he slowed down towards the championship rounds saying, "I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using it,. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me, and by the 10th round I just couldn't throw it anymore." For the win, Porter earned $500,000, while Granados took home a $200,000 purse. Granados thought he won the fight.[78][79][80] The fight, which took place on a Showtime averaged 646,000 viewers and peaked at 696,000 viewers.[81]

Porter vs. García[edit]

Father and trainer, Ken stated that Porter's next fight would be against WBA and WBC champion Keith Thurman.[82] On April 24, 2018, Thurman vacated his WBC title, forcing the organisation to mandate Porter vs. García for the vacant title.[83] On May 9, the WBC ordered purse bids to take place on May 25 if no agreement had been made, although the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed talks were going well and a deal could be finalized before the bids.[84] On the morning of May 25, Tom Brown informed the WBC a deal was in place for the bout to take place, thus the purse bids were cancelled. Brown stated the fight would take place at the Barclays Center in either August or September of 2018.[85]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
31 fights 28 wins 2 losses
By knockout 17 0
By decision 10 2
By disqualification 1 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 N/A N/A United States Danny García N/A – (12) Aug 25, 2018 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For vacant WBC welterweight title
31 Win 28–2–1 United States Adrían Granados UD 12 Nov 4, 2017 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC Silver welterweight title
30 Win 27–2–1 United States Andre Berto TKO 9 (12), 1:31 Apr 22, 2017 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
29 Loss 26–2–1 United States Keith Thurman UD 12 Jun 25, 2016 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBA welterweight title
28 Win 26–1–1 United States Adrien Broner UD 12 Jun 20, 2015 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
27 Win 25–1–1 Ecuador Erick Bone KO 5 (10), 2:30 Mar 13, 2015 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S.
26 Loss 24–1–1 United Kingdom Kell Brook MD 12 Aug 16, 2014 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Lost IBF welterweight title
25 Win 24–0–1 United States Paulie Malignaggi TKO 4 (12), 1:14 Apr 19, 2014 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S. Retained IBF welterweight title
24 Win 23–0–1 United States Devon Alexander UD 12 Dec 7, 2013 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won IBF welterweight title
23 Win 22–0–1 Mexico Julio Díaz UD 10 Sep 12, 2013 United States MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO welterweight title;
Won vacant IBF North American welterweight title
22 Win 21–0–1 Canada Phil Lo Greco UD 10 May 18, 2013 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21 Draw 20–0–1 Mexico Julio Díaz SD 10 Dec 15, 2012 United States Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 Mexico Alfonso Gómez UD 10 Jul 28, 2012 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S. Won vacant WBO–NABO welterweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Patrick Thompson TKO 6 (8), 1:39 Apr 28, 2012 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Benin Agnes Adjaho UD 10 Feb 18, 2011 United States Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland, U.S. Retained NABF welterweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States Hector Munoz TKO 9 (10), 2:05 Oct 15, 2010 United States Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, U.S. Won vacant NABF welterweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States Ray Robinson UD 10 Jul 16, 2010 United States DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Robert Kliewer TKO 5 (8), 1:08 May 22, 2010 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Colombia Raúl Pinzón KO 1 (8), 2:39 Apr 16, 2010 United States Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Russell Jordan UD 10 Feb 19, 2010 United States Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Won WBONABO interim junior middleweight title
12 Win 12–0 United States Jamar Patterson TKO 4 (8), 1:54 Dec 18, 2009 United States Grand Casinos, Hinckley, Minnesota, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Jerome Ellis RTD 4 (8), 3:00 Nov 21, 2009 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Lamar Harris TKO 1 (6), 2:18 Aug 29, 2009 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Brandon Wooten TKO 1 (6), 2:09 Jun 19, 2009 United States Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Sam Sparkman DQ 2 (6), 3:00 Apr 25, 2009 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S. Sparkman disqualified after his cornermen refused to leave the ring
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Eloy Suarez TKO 1 (4), 2:59 Apr 3, 2009 United States Pepsi Pavilion, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Abdias Castillo TKO 4 (4), 1:43 Mar 14, 2009 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Cory Jones UD 4 Feb 6, 2009 United States Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Tommy Stepp KO 1 (4), 1:55 Jan 24, 2009 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Phillip Hammac TKO 2 (4), 1:30 Nov 22, 2008 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Toris Smith TKO 1 (4), 0:53 Nov 1, 2008 United States West Junior High School, West Memphis, Arkansas, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Norman Johnson TKO 1 (4), 1:17 Oct 3, 2008 United States Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland, U.S. Professional debut

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