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Stow graduate to fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Staff REPORT Published: August 25, 2013 12:00 AM

Stow-Munroe Falls graduate Shawn Porter, 25, is scheduled to return to the ring soon.

Porter is set to fight Julio Diaz (Manila, Philippines) in a welterweight bout (147 pounds) Sept. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The 10-round fight is the main event and is expected to be broadcast on Fox Sports.

Porter and Diaz fought to a draw Dec. 15 in Los Angeles.

"I thought I won the fight, but I made a lot of mistakes," Porter said. "They were simple things, like using good defense."

Porter said he will make those adjustments in the rematch.

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"I feel really confident," he said. "Everything is clicking. I'm excited to fight at the MGM."

Porter is currently seventh in the world International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization rankings.

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