Porter vs. Brook Preview

By Robert Ecksel on August 15, 2014
Porter vs. Brook Preview
“I was slightly surprised knowing that Shawn Porter knocked Malignaggi out so quickly.”

Shawn Porter is being handled right. No soft touches, no showcase fights. He knows what the future looks like and who it might involve…

Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), from Akron, Ohio, defends his title against Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs), from Sheffield, England, in a fight broadcast live on Showtime.

Porter is one of the bright lights in American boxing. He isn’t a cut-up. He’s serious, a no frills, lunch pail kind of guy.  What he brings to the ring is speed, power, intensity, and a red-hot will to win.

This is Brook’s first shot at a world title. He was on the cusp of a shot against Devon Alexander when he was champ, but after three injuries, two to Brook and one to Alexander, that fight was scrapped.

In his place stepped Shawn Porter, who decisioned Alexander last December.

“It’s been very, very frustrating for me,” said Brook on a recent conference call. “I’ve been in line for this title before, and injuries caused the delay. I’ve been on the back burner and trying to keep fighting in between. I’m onto a new chapter now, and here we are. I think Devon Alexander gave Shawn Porter a tough fight and then Shawn looked good in his defense against Malignaggi. I didn’t expect that and I was definitely shocked after knowing that Malignaggi had been in with Cotto and some other big names, and other big fighters. I was slightly surprised knowing that Shawn Porter knocked Malignaggi out so quickly. He took care of him, which no one has done before. He’s proven that he’s a worthy champion.”

Porter seconded that emotion.

“I’m the IBF welterweight champion of the world,” he said, “and we now have another opponent in front of us, someone who’s very skilled, very basically and fundamentally sound. Just looking at film of the guy, he keeps his hands up, he throws a good, straight jab and good a one-two. That’s the basics of boxing, that’s the fundamentals of boxing.

“I’ve been boxing 20 years now, and I’ve been in there with every style there is. I’ve fought every kind of talent. His style is not going to surprise me. I’ve dealt with that style. It’s just another step up. With that being said, we’re going to go out there, we’re going to do everything the way we always do it. We’re going to box, use our speed, our power, our quickness, everything that we have, and keep in mind that he is a good fighter and we won’t be rushing in, we won’t be getting out of control.”

But Brook believes it’s his time.

“We’ve been having the sparring, watching Porter. We know it’s going to be a tough fight, we know that he’s seasoned and a professional. I think he knows that he’s up against someone who’s 32-0, who’s passionate about actually becoming world champion and he’s probably seen the cat-like reaction. I’m a big welterweight and strong and determined. I think that he can maybe see it in my eyes that I’m not coming to lay down, I’m coming to lay it on the line. I’m a lion and I’m coming to take that title. I think he knows that it’s going to be like that.”

Porter is being handled right. No soft touches, no showcase fights. He knows what the future looks like and who it might involve.

“I don’t consider my fights as auditions,” Porter said, “I consider them performances. I go out there and I give it my all, I don’t go out there and give it my all with expectations of getting something bigger and better, but with the expectations of making that fight the biggest and best fight that I’ve had, and then going from there. Again, you know this is boxing, we don’t look ahead of ourselves, but at the same time, yes, Mayweather, we all know he’s on the clock and we’re all right there standing there hoping that we’re next in line.”

Another fighter who is mentioned a possible opponent is Keith “One Time” Thurman.

“I’ll fight ‘One Time’ two times. I don’t look past what’s in front of me. Again, we’ve seen it all over the internet, all over the media wavelengths; everybody wants that fight. I think it’d be an exciting fight and it’s a fight that I wouldn’t turn down.”

But he first needs to defeat Kell Brook.

In the co-main event, WBC super middleweight champion, rugged Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), from Sydney, Australia by way of Douala, Cameroon, fights a rematch with Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs), hailing from Flint, Michigan. In the co-feature, Omar Figueroa (23-0-1, 17 KOs), from Waco, Texas, fights Daniel Estrada (32-2-1, 24 KOs), from Mexico City, Mexico, in defense of his WBC lightweight crown.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 08:11am, 08/17/2014

    Congrats to Mr. Brook. Had a perfect game plan to counter Porter’s aggressiveness…A stiff hard jab that Porter ate every time he came in. He was in charge in this fight and I’m glad 2 of the three Judges saw it correctly…Well deserved victory for Kell…Peace.

  2. Darrell 09:14pm, 08/16/2014

    Well, well…..that was a bit of a turn up for the books!!  Favoured Porter in a lukewarm sort of way but not hugely surprised by Brook’s win…..as I said below, he’s a pretty good fighter.

    Well done Kell!

  3. Pete The Sneak 08:53am, 08/16/2014

    Porter is going to have more trouble with Brook than most people expect. However, when all is said and done, Porter will indeed be cutting of the ring, wearing Brook down and catching him late in the fight for a TKO win…Peace.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:05am, 08/16/2014

    Brook kinda looks like Paulie’s brother from another mother…..don’t know if that’s a good thing or not…..which reminds me…..all he has to do is channel Randy Turpin tonight and he’s home free!.....easier said than done

  5. Darrell 09:04pm, 08/15/2014

    I’m picking Porter but Brook is a pretty good fighter…...it’ll be a goodie.  Brook won’t want to be taken into a mauling style fight, that’d be right down Porters alley.  He will have to use his feet well in this fight to keep from getting rushed, along with his quick accurate hands.  Oh yeah, it’s an under the radar gem this one.

  6. glen 04:08pm, 08/15/2014

    Brook is in trouble come fight night.

  7. The Tache 03:05pm, 08/15/2014

    Reading the quotes, I was pleasantly surprised to see two boxers being respectful of their opponent and stating their intentions to win in a dignified manner.
    Hope Brook wins but it is more hope than expectation.

  8. Mohummad Humza Elahi 03:49am, 08/15/2014

    This is a huge fight for Brook; Porter can be rightly considered as on the cusp of being an elite level welterweight along with One Time and Brook so those three will have to fight it out but we all know where it heads after this.  I think the teams in both camps know that mentioning Floyd at this stage is too early and don’t want to jeopardize their chances and “pull a Khan”.  Each will have to get past the other 2 and it may be too late at that stage to get in the ring with Floyd.  In the fight itself I fancy Porter, something about the kid tells me he can dig deep if needed, whereas I think cracks might start to open up in Brook if he’s taken to the trenches.

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