Saturday night live on Fox TV, PBC presented a card from the Microsoft theater in Las Angeles, headlining would be two time welterweight champion Shawn Porter taking on undefeated Sebastian Formella, the co-feature would be junior middleweights Sebastian Fundora taking on Nathaniel Gallimore.
When Shawn Porter and Sebastian Formella stepped in the ring for their IBF elimination bout, very few if anyone in the US knew how Formella would handle himself. While he was undefeated his opponent list was littered with names fans in the US have never heard of. It was also the first time since Porter lost a split decision to Errol Spence in September of 2019 he had been in the ring. One thing was clear early “Shawn Porter didn’t sit around getting lazy during the Pandemic and Isolation”.
As always Porter who fights a fast come forward style never let up on his aggression, we also seen him add in some added jabs along with footwork in his relentless attack. On occasion Formella would land a counter punch that allowed him to pivot off the ropes, while not effective punches they were enough to make Porter reset himself and halt his momentum momentarily. If not for the lack of power in Formella’s punches it might of been competitive, he is well rounded in every other area. The physical style of Porter is something Formella had never dealt with prior to Saturday. At minimum he deserves credit for never stop trying and at no point in time did he seek a way out.
When it was all over scores read, the three judges seen it 120-108 in favor of Shawn Porter who improved to improved to 31-3-1 (17). Suffering his first career loss Sebastian Formella suffering now stands at 22-1(10).
The junior middleweight co-feature between Sebastian Fundora and Nathaniel Gallimore was a minor surprise, standing six foot five plus the undefeated Fundora had yet to have his chin tested. The hard hitting Gallimore who holds a stoppage win over current division title holder Jeison Rosario and narrowly avoided defeating former title holder Julian Williams was expected to provide an answer on how durable Fundora’s chin is. Instead we seen Fundora push the pace, back Gallimore up and stop him in the sixth round after taking a pounding against the ropes.
With the win Sebastian Fundora improved to 15-0-1(10) while Nathaniel Gallimore drops to 21-5-1(17).
Middleweight prospect Joey Spencer improved to 11-0 (8) after dominating and dropping Shawn West twice before the contest was halted in the fourth.
On the undercard
Junior Middleweight- Justin DeLoach 19-4(10) def. Livan Navarro 11-1(7) via KO 1.
Super Middleweight- Edward Jeramie Ortiz 11-0-2(4) def. Antonio Todd 7-4(4) via SD 8.