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Boxing: Shawn Porter vs Formella

Boxing: Shawn Porter vs Formella

On the night of August 22, Sebastian Formella meets “Showtime” Shawn Porter in Los Angeles.  This can be seen via a gold membership on the RanFighting YouTube channel.

IBO World Champion ready for battle against Shawn Porter

Gradually, Sebastian Formella's dream becomes a reality.  Just a few months ago, what the hamburger is experiencing these days seemed completely beyond imagination.  In the middle of the Corona crisis, nobody knew exactly how and when it would go on - even as world champion he had to grapple with great uncertainty.  So it was necessary to stay in top physical form even without a specific goal.  Always in the hope that at some point a large offer will end up on the EC Boxing table.

In June the reins were tightened and the training intensity increased.  In the same month they were boxing again in the USA, which is why no one could give up.  “You noticed that a major battle was not far off.  Our good contacts in the USA paid off, which is why we were able to wrap up Sebastian's fight against Shawn Porter in July ”, said EC Boxing boss Erol Ceylan.

After two decades as a boxer, the great opportunity has now come.  On the night of August 23rd, Formella will meet two-time ex-world champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  Although Formella's IBO title is not at stake, he could secure the vacant WBC Silver Title, which equates to an entry ticket to another world championship fight.

In order to be perfectly prepared for the American, we went to Istanbul for a training camp, where EC Boxing also has a branch.  There were tough sparring sessions with stable colleague Volkan Gökcek and other talented boxers on the program.

But not only the training program was impressive, the media coverage in the Turkish capital also astonished Formella and trainer Mark Haupt: “I've never seen anything like it.  I know it when thousands of people cheer loudly during my fights, but the fact that various journalists and cameramen ran around during training was again a new experience, "said Formella, impressed.

At the same time, the focus had to remain on the work in the ring.  The plane went from Istanbul in the direction of Las Vegas, where the next sparring rounds were to be completed.  In the gym of the world-famous trainer Ismael Salas, the 33-year-old IBO champion dueled the Cuban Yordenis Ugas, whom Formella considers an “absolute world class boxer”.  Incidentally, Ugas was a former opponent of Porter and was able to pass on valuable tips.

After the tough weeks of preparation, the team has now arrived in Los Angeles.  On site, they first went into quarantine, as the hygiene measures for the event provide.  Formella only has to lose the last few grams to be exactly within the welterweight limit (66.678 kg).  The Hamburg boy will also overcome this hurdle before fighting the fight of his life on Saturday. 

Boxing: Shawn Porter vs Formella