Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter Preview

By Sean Ness on June 20, 2015
Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter Preview
Sometimes a no-frills build-up isn't exactly something to get too downhearted about.

The controversial and egotistical with flashes of brilliance Adrien Broner will face his toughest fight to date…

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 20 years you will know that the MGM Grand is where the premier names in boxing go head-to-head. Situated on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, the MGM Grand is the second biggest hotel in the world with the largest hotel resort complex in the United States. It has featured on the silver screen on several occasions in such films as “Great White Hype,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” and “Casino” to name a few.

The “Maximum Vegas” attraction also has one of the largest gaming floors in Las Vegas. It is home to over 2000 gaming machines and over 100 poker and gaming tables. It really is a special place for tourists and the general public who like a “flutter” and, of course, for boxing fans the world over. It’s the favorite venue of the current WBC, WBA Super and WBO World welterweight champion, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. It’s also the place he calls home, having fought a large portion of fights there since the beginning of his successful and colorful boxing career, including the much publicized “superfight” with Manny “Pacquiao.

This isn’t the first time that the prestigious MGM Grand Garden Arena has played host to Premier Boxing Champions. Al Haymon’s Terrestrial TV Platform’s debut was broadcast from the Grand Garden on March 7, 2015, when Abner Mares won by unanimous decision against Arturo Reyes; Adrien “The Problem” Broner dominated John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr., who never lived up to his moniker on the night; and the welterweight division’s most exciting fighter, Keith “One Time” Thurman, was able to break the ever durable, tough and courageous Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero with a crowd of over 10,000 fight fans in attendance.

Saturday night sees the return of Premier Boxing Champions broadcasting live on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena with the main event shaping up to be an exciting 12 rounds of boxing. The controversial and egotistical with flashes of brilliance Adrien Broner will face his toughest fight to date since tasting defeat to Argentina’s Marcos “El Chino” Maidana in the form of Shawn “Showtime” Porter. He is the former IBF World welterweight champion who exhibits a style that many fight pundits, including myself, think is all wrong for the Cincinnati native. However, despite my initial thoughts, I expect this to be an intimate affair with a potential for fireworks.

After making a miserable debut at welterweight, Broner seems to have redeemed himself as of late with a hat-trick of victories over Carlos Molina, Emmanuel Taylor and John Molina Jr. Yes, the caliber of opponent hasn’t been desirable from a fan’s perspective but credit where it’s due. Broner has looked slick in each of the victories with not one of the three fighters able to pose “The Problem” any problems. When Al Haymon and PBC announced the match-up between Broner and John Molina Jr. back March of this year, I was instantly excited and thought back to the epic encounter between Molina Jr. and Lucas Matthysse. But come fight night, it was apparent that the collision with “La Máquina” may have been Molina Jr.’s last throw of the dice because what was missing were his guts, courage and stamina. The fight I picked to be an encounter of epic proportions, a powder keg even, turned out to be nothing more than a wet fart, but what is evident this time around is that Shawn Porter isn’t John Molina Jr.

Love him or hate him, the self-proclaimed “Can Man” harbors an excessive amount of confidence in his own ability and at this week’s final presser, it was business as usual. “This is a big fight because Adrien Broner is on the card. No disrespect to Shawn and Kenny,” he said, “but 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,” he added, before ending with a subtle prediction: “Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.” Broner may have taken a beating from Maidana and he may have been a little embarrassed considering his persona as the guy who clowns his opponents for the media circus surrounding his fights. But let’s get one thing straight. Adrien Broner is an exceptional fighter when he concentrates on the business at hand and in order to prove that he can mix it with the best, he better bring it beginning with Shawn Porter.

What is pressure? Pressure is a continuous physical force exerted on or against an object by something in contact with it. On the other hand, it is also the use of persuasion to make someone do something and I expect Shawn Porter to bring both meanings of the term to the MGM Grand. The Akron, Ohio native is back to his winning ways since losing the IBF welterweight title to Sheffield, UK’s Kell Brook with a dominating performance over Erick Bone last March, knocking down his opponent twice in the fifth round. With a victory under his belt, Porter will be looking to win convincingly on Saturday and stake his claim for another title shot in the near future. But the natural welterweight will need to make some adjustments in order to defeat Broner, since the fight is being fought at a catchweight of 144 pounds. Addressing this issue, Porter had this to say in a recent teleconference call. “We were called and told that we were asked to be at 144 pounds by Adrien Broner. That was not our decision,” he said before adding, “Whatever advantage he thought could come from that, he’s not getting any. Punishment is what I predict on Saturday. I will not be stopped.”

I am always eager to bend the ear of my peers when I get excited about a fight. Not only does it keep me impartial, but I love to listen to other people’s thoughts and their reasoning behind their predictions. This week was no different when I caught up with Scotland’s Wildcard Promotions in fight commentator, fellow writer and boxing enthusiast Bobby Creed. I asked him who he thinks will win the fight and why and without hesitation he predicted a win for Adrien Broner.

“I think Broner will take this on points and the catchweight stipulation is the key. He will need all of his ring guile and fast feet for this fight and if he decides to trade, which is wise if he doesn’t, then it’ll be a short night for him.” Creed also said that when thinking about Broner’s style versus Porter’s, “A bull and matador comes to mind.”

I agree that fighting at a catchweight might throw a proverbial banana skin under Porter’s game plan—while not forgetting how Broner crumbled under pressure in his fight with Maidana.

In the past I’ve been critical of the lack of excitement surrounding Premier Boxing Champions; however, tonight will prove that sometimes a no-frills build-up isn’t exactly something to get too downhearted about considering the level of talent being showcased.

Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter will be televised live in the U.S. on NBC in the United States at 8:30 pm ET and 5:30 pm PT. If like me you live in the United Kingdom you can catch this fight live on Sky Sports 1 at 1:30 am.

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  1. Steve 04:49pm, 06/20/2015

    Who is Bobby Creed? Broner has “fast feet?” No, he is known as a plodder. Catch weight just back fired. No rehydration clause. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  2. Sergei 04:46pm, 06/20/2015

    Porter all night long…

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