Stow graduate to fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Staff REPORT Published:

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.

"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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