Shawn Porter became the IBF Welterweight champion on Saturday night with a stunning unanimous points decision over Devon Alexander.
Porter dominated most of the fight, which was the co-main event on the card headlined by an all Brooklyn battle between Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah.
Porter had Alexander in the position where he simply had to survive in the second round, before winning a unanimous decision with style and poise, 15-113, 116-112, and 116-112 on the scorecards.
Adam Ormond was able to catch up with the new champ to discuss the defining moment of his career to date and the chances of a future clash with top contender Kell Brook.
With you being an underdog going into the fight, did you think that benefited your performance or did you feel slightly disrespected considering you are undefeated?
I had no care for how I was viewed going into the fight. I knew talent, and hard work would show and answer any questions anyone had/have.
Have you any ideas on who your first defence of the title will be against?
I don't and I'm actually still trying to grasp the fact that I'm a world champion now, so my defense isn't really on my mind right now. Ill let my team weigh those options.
You have become world champion at a relatively young age of 26, so do you have plans in the next 1-2 years to have unification fights with the biggest stars at welterweight?
Of course I do!! My number goal was accomplished last night, so now it's about hanging on to this belt and defending it in spectacular fashion against the best!!
Before his fight against Miguel Cotto a couple of years ago, you trained with Manny Pacquiao, how much experience did you gain from working with him?
I learned a lot of different techniques from watching Manny. Sparring Manny. And also working with Freddie Roach as well. I was very comfortable in the ring last night and Its definitely from the experience I have both from the amateur program and also sparring with great fighters like Manny Pacquiao, Chad Dawson, Andre Dirrell, Demitrius "Boo Boo" Andrade, etc,
You fought Devon Alexander at amateur level many years ago, do you consider your win a measure of revenge?
We never fought!! At 8yrs old it's more of a playful tussle. We "fought" last night. And I won the fight that matters!!
Did you feel overlooked by Alexander in the build up to the fight, and if so, is that what you wanted?
I didn't feel overlooked. I focused on what I had to do to prepare for a fight that would change my life. I did the right things in camp, and it showed in the fight. If he didn't, shame on him.
Some fighters don't like to fight against friends/training partners, would you have a problem facing Manny if the chance ever came along?
It would be a bittersweet victory but this is our sport. It comes with the territory. And I would put my heart into it just like last night!
And finally, is there a good chance you could come to the UK and fight either Kell Brook or Amir Khan?
Fighting abroad has never been an interest of mine. I did it in the amateurs and its tough to travel so far and not be treated/judged fairly. But I guess we will see.
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