Shawn’s coming to knock Adrien’s head off, says Ken Porter
(Photo credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) really disrespected Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) by refusing to shake his hand at Friday’s weigh-in. As the two were finishing up there posing for pictures for the media, Porter reached over to Broner to shake his hand, and Broner turned around and ignored his hand.
While this may not seem like big deal to some, it’s something that will likely be used for motivation for Porter when he gets inside the ring with the 25-year-old Broner tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Porter’s trainer/father Ken Porter says Shawn is going to come looking to hurt Broner tonight. He wants to make Broner pay for all his trash talking he’s done in the build up to this fight.
“Shawn’s coming to knock Adrien’s head off,” Ken Porter said to Yahoo Sports “He’s in a real fight.”
Broner is likely going to lean away from Porter’s shots all night long. I’m not sure if that style will work against Porter. It worked against the last three guys that Broner fought, but they failed to work against Marcos Maidana. With the exception of Maidana, Porter is far better than any of the other fighters that Broner has fought in his entire career and that could be a problem for him.
The guys that Broner beat at super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight and welterweight were nothing special. Broner has a lot of wins over weak opposition and he fell apart when he stepped it up against a good welterweight in Maidana. Porter is a real welterweight, and it doesn’t look like the 144 pound catch-weight has weakened to the point where Broner will have any kind of advantage tonight.
If Broner makes the mistake of backing up against the ropes against Porter and staying there, he’s going to wind up losing this fight because Porter does very well against opponents that fight off the ropes. The thing with Broner is he doesn’t seem to have the stamina to stay in the center of the ring. He seems to need frequent rest breaks against the ropes to recover from fighting hard. You can’t take breaks against a fighter like Porter because he’ll take over the fight and do damage. I don’t think Broner is capable of fighting for three minutes of every round. He’s only 25, but his stamina is poor and he frequently retreats to the ropes.
Porter is going to look to use his physical strength to force Broner up against the ropes where he’ll look to get the better of him. Broner isn’t a good inside fighter. He’s showed again and again that he doesn’t have skills to fight in close. We saw that in his fight against Emmanuel Taylor as well in his fight against Marcos Maidana.
Even Carlos Molina was able to land shots from time to time when he got in close against Broner, and that fight was a mismatch.
Broner will look to take the power off of Porter’s shots by leaning backwards to an extreme level. This will open up Broner’s body for shots from Porter. Broner will have to fire back shots in close because if he just uses his shoulder roll and wait for Porter to stop throwing punches, he could be waiting all night long.