Broner-Porter: No Saturday morning weigh-in
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: In a sign that Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) is having problems with the weight for his fight against Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 kOs), the secondary weigh-in for Saturday has been canceled. There was supposed to be a rehydration limit of 154 pounds that both fighters had to make for their secondary weigh-in on Saturday morning, but the weigh-in has been thrown out, according to Dan Rafael.
You can read that any way you want, but since the rehydration limit was coming from Broner’s side, it suggests that he’s having problems making the weight. There’s been talk that Broner was weighing in the mid-150 to right at 160 as of Wednesday.
Broner certainly looked that big. If the rumors are in fact true it would help explain why the secondary weigh-in has been thrown out. At this point, Broner is going to need to show that he can even make the 144 pound catch-weight for today. In looking at Broner and Porter, it’s clear that Porter is looking thinner and closer to the 144 pound catch-weight than Broner.
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) June 19, 2015
If Broner is going to be using catch-weights and rehydration limits in his future fights at welterweight, then he’s going to need to make sure that he can actually make the weight, because this whole thing seems to have backfired on Broner with him likely being the one that will be negatively impacted rather than Porter.
Porter stays in shape in between fights. Broner clearly doesn’t. Before Broner signed for the Porter fight, he looked heavy and had a slight pot belly that was already forming. He looked to be at least 170 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to take off for a training camp, not that Broner is going to take it all off.
If he rehydrates to 160 after making the 144 pound catch-weight today, he’s still going to be huge. In the future, Broner needs to stay in shape year round rather than letting himself go in between fights, and turning his training camps into fat farms where he’s forced to take off a lot of fat to get down to fighting weight.
Broner is following in the footsteps of Ricky Hatton, a fighter who often let himself get way out of condition in between fights. Ultimately, it probably had a lot to do with Hatton’s career eventually imploding.