Broner: I’m ready for whatever Porter brings to the table
(Photo credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Allan Fox: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) expects to be ready for whatever former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) has up his sleeves in their fight on June 20th on NBC Sports Net at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Broner, 5’6 ½”, and the 5’7” Porter are roughly the same size for their catch-weight fight at 144 pounds, but Porter will likely put on a lot of weight after he rehydrates following the weigh-in on June 19th.
Broner is going to need to prove that he can deal with Porter’s weight advantage. In the past, Broner did poorly against Marcos Maidana in losing to him by a 12 round decision. Maidana weighed 165 pounds in the ring against Broner, and he simply was too big for Broner to deal with. Unlike his mentor Floyd Mayweather Jr., Broner didn’t have the mobility to deal with Maidana’s size to negate his weight advantage. You’d have to hope for Broner’s sake that will he’s improved with his mobility for the Porter fight because if not he’s going to have a lot of problems against him.
“I’m one of the biggest names in boxing,” Broner said. “This is a big fight because Adrien Broner is on the card. I’m coming to win and I’m going to win. Even if it’s a hard fight, I’m going to win this fight.”
It could very well wind up being a very tough fight for Broner. Porter will likely attempt to bully Broner with his size and rough him up in in close. Porter couldn’t do that in his fight against Kell Brook last year because he was held frequently by the British fighter, but Broner doesn’t like to hold his opponents.
Broner lets them get off their shots and that doesn’t always work to Broner’s favor.
Based on how Broner looked in his fight against Emmanuel Taylor last year in September, Broner could very well lose to Porter on June 20th in their fight on Premier Boxing Champions. Taylor was able to put pressure on Broner and unload on a lot of punches on him.
Broner made it easy by backing up against the ropes and covering up. Taylor was able to get off with a lot of his shots, and Broner lost a lot of rounds because of that.
Fortunately for Broner, Taylor gassed out after the 8th round, and this enabled Broner to come on and win the championship rounds to get the 1 round decision by the scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 116-111. The scores were still too close for what they should have been given that Broner sees himself as the future of boxing.
“They say he’s strong, they say he comes like a bulldozer,” Broner said. “Whatever they bring to the table on June 20, I’m ready.“
Broner is going to need to be ready for Porter’s attacks in this fight because if he backs up against the ropes like he frequently does in his fights, then Porter will easily beat Broner and maybe even knock him out.
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