Weights: Broner 143.5, Porter 144
(Photo credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Jim Dower: After all the controversy about the weights, Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) successfully made weight on Friday at the weigh-in with former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs). Broner weighed in at 143.5 pounds and looked good. Porter came in slightly heavier at 144 pounds.
Broner and Porter stood and talked trash with one another during the stare down.
The two fighters will be facing each other on Saturday, June 20th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC.
There won’t be a secondary weigh-in for the fight on Saturday. Apparently, there wasn’t anything in the contract that stated that the two fighters have to come in at 154 for a rehydration limit the next day. That’s definitely good news for Porter, because he can now rehydrate to whatever weight he wants. The only question is did Porter take off more weight than necessary during training camp due to him thinking that he had to make the 154lb limit on Saturday.
Porter has made it no secret that he plans on going after Broner from the first bell on Saturday and looking to overwhelm him with punches in the same way that Marcos Maidana did in 2013. If Broner doesn’t have a plan to negate that style of fighting, such as moving, holding or throwing shots in between, he could be in for another beat down like the one he received from Maidana. Porter is going to be following Maidana’s blueprint in how to beat Broner. In Broner’s recent fights against John Molina, Emmanuel Taylor and Carlos Molina, he doesn’t look like he’s improved much from the Maidana fight. Broner is still pretty much the same fighter that Maidana beat. The only difference is that Broner has been fighting lesser guys since then.
Porter’s dad/trainer says that Shawn will rehydrate only 12 to 15 pounds over the welterweight limit, so we’re likely looking at him coming into the ring around 160 on Saturday night. Broner had problems with Maidana when he rehydrated to 165 for their fight in 2013. If Porter can fight Broner just like Maidana did, we could see a minor upset. Broner is the favorite in the fight, but Porter has the style to beat him if he’s able to get his shots off and nullify the likely holding that Broner will be using.
Official weights for undercard:
Errol Spence 149 vs. Phil Lo Greco 152
Terrell Gausha vs. Luis Grajeda
Robert Easter 135 vs. Miguel Mendoza 136.5
Michael Hunter 201 vs. Deon Elam 197
Kevin Newman 164 vs. Bobby McIntyre 163
Sanjarbek Rakhmanov 143 vs. Brett Simmons 146