Boxing Preview – Shawn Porter vs Adrien Broner

Boxing Preview – Shawn Porter vs Adrien Broner

4am) Shawn Porter vs Adrien Broner

The next big main event of the night sees us going across the border, leaving the Great White North and going to the desert of America, more specifically, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which plays host to twelve round, non-title, catchweight bout with the star power to blow the roof off the arena. The ever controversial Adrien Broner will take on Shawn Porter as both men look to continue their paths to redemption following high-profile losses within the last two years.

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Shawn Porter stepped in as a relative low-profile contender against Devon Alexander back in December 2013 after Alexander was expected to defend his IBF World welterweight championship against Amir Khan, but negotiations eventually went wayward, so he settled for Porter. Not much was expected other than a standard defence for Alexander, but Porter had other plans, dominating seven or eight rounds on the way to becoming an unexpected World champion. The undefeated champion made his first defence four months later, battering a past-his-time Paulie Malignaggi in four rounds. He then suffered the first loss of his career in August 2014 after Kell Brook came to America and won the championship in unexpected fashion just like Porter had done nine months earlier, but Porter was exposed and outboxed. He made his return to the ring eight months later, stopping Erick Bone in five rounds. Porter now has a 26 fights record with 25 wins, 16 by stoppage, and a single loss.

Porter is being deemed as one of the most athletic men in Boxing, and he combines this well with his tendency to be a come-forward Boxer, imposing a high punch output on his opposition, trying to be the bully. He will generally try and out-muscle his opposition and he usually does so well. Brook exposed Porter’s weakness in getting frustrated when facing someone who has the defensive skills to make him miss often, and the only opposition closest to Brook who has that skill is Broner.

A lot of casual fans know abouts a selection of Boxers, such as Mayweather, Klitschko, and Pacquiao, however one name making the list often in today’s day and age is Adrien Broner. Despite his controversial agenda, for what it’s worth, Broner is very talented when it comes down to getting it on between the ropes. Broner is a former three-weight World champion at super-featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. His first loss in his second defence of the WBA welterweight strap after getting infamously beating by Marcos Rene Maidana. He’s rebounded strongly since the loss, earning very one-sided decision victories against a not so active Carlos Molina in May 2014, and active Emmanuel Taylor and John Molina Jr in September 2014 and March 2015 respectively, taking his record to 30 wins, 22 stoppages, and one loss.

Broner is an incredibly well-rounded and skilled Boxer. He boasts a lot of speed, a solid defensive make-up, and fantastic jabbing and counter-punching. He likes opposition who offer a lot of offence and will try and pick them off by using superior defensive skills, very similar to Floyd Mayweather’s, such as the shoulder roll, and then will go on the counter attack, winning rounds like an amateur would. Broner struggles against larger opposition who bully him into submission which Maidana did, and Porter could very much offer the same as he enjoys a brawl.

 

Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions hasn’t offered much in the way of competitive Boxing as of yet, with a plethora of mismatches on the cards, disregarding Garcia vs Peterson, however this one goes against the grain and this is a great tilt which should offer a very competitive swing of rounds by the different skills both men have in their arsenal. With that being said, I think this will be either a majority or split decision in favour of Adrien Broner, and it might be controversial. Broner to me suffers from the same blind hate that Mayweather does, and that being that people think he will lose because he’s not very likable outside of the ring. The blind hate deters people from recognizing that Broner actually has a lot to offer, despite the loss to Maidana, and as much as you hate him, he still looks good in the squared circle.

The 144 lb catchweight will be detrimental to Porter who started his professional career at 165 lbs and is now all the way down at this low weight. Porter was being touted for victory because of his size and strength, however at the weigh-in, Broner looked bigger and physically in better condition. Porter struggled to make the 147 lb limit in the Erick Bone fight, so I imagine making 144 was even tougher. This is a good natural weight for Broner and it looked as if his apparently very tough training camp worked wonders for him. Technically speaking, Broner will do well if Porter comes forward as is expected. I expect Broner to start slow, as he is universally known to do, before coming on strong in the third or fourth round. I don’t think many rounds will be unanimous, however those swing rounds will likely be scored in Broner’s favour. I think Broner wins by a VERY close split or majority decision.

Dan Glozier.

 

 

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