Porter vs. Broner—Delivery with a Smile

By Marc Livitz on June 22, 2015
Porter vs. Broner—Delivery with a Smile
The consistent tying up, pushing down and lockups were an insult to the paying public.

Broner should give serious thought to the art of tact and saving the gibberish for when the work is really done for the day…

For the time being, let us lay down our swords that many of us have pointed directly at the Adam’s apple of the traveling pugilistic circus that has come to describe the Premier Boxing Champions showcase. Never mind the fact that many aspects of the little train that can’t quite yet still tries finds itself not exactly blind but still without a cane. If we didn’t know any better, then some of us might think that the powers behind the new kid in town favors Las Vegas and Brooklyn more than any other feasible locale.  For now, we’ll drop the argument altogether.

Let’s instead look at Saturday night’s demonstration of how long it feels we’ve collectively waited for humility to be delivered upon the brash and braggadocios. Adrien “The Problem” Broner is a phenomenal talent in the ring, yet hopefully for his sake, he’ll no longer boast and present himself as the next and perhaps only big thing in boxing. Too many fighters over the years have made such claims and from time to time, the sport has a way of erasing the memory of them. When Broner knocked Shawn Porter to the canvas in the twelfth round of their non-title welterweight (catchweight) clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, he didn’t do his customary as well as entertaining shake and shimmy. Rather, he may have known that his efforts weren’t necessarily a case of “too little, too late” as they may have been “so far and so what.” This wasn’t revenge served cold. It wasn’t one’s comeuppance.

Most likely, what we saw transpire in a half house configuration at the MGM was someone who placed too much credence in the belief that a battle is won before it’s actually fought. Let’s not soon forget that the usually watchful and trustful eye of referee Tony Weeks took the night off. Throughout much of the contest, Broner appeared agitated that Porter was beating him to the punch and that he had the sheer audacity to keep charging back, again and again. The consistent tying up, pushing down and lockups were an insult to the paying public.

Granted, professionals make the eternally difficult art of boxing look easy. Many within the boxing Bourgeoisie, whom themselves cannot conquer a flight of stairs without gasping for air, are quick to point their respective fingers and label a fighter as a bum or the like. Broner (30-2, 22 K’s) didn’t lose because he didn’t try. Instead, he may have lost because he didn’t try enough. “AB” perhaps was thinking more about billions and less about boxing. Enter Shawn “Showtime” Porter, who chose his ringwalk music to be the Black Sabbath classic, “Iron Man.” The man from Cleveland flashed a smile from time to time, yet he was all business once the bell rang.

PBC still wins gold stars from this writer due to the fact that the competitors make their respective way to the ring in the same fashion that they find themselves during regulation time within it: alone. During the fight, whenever Adrien wasn’t grabbing and holding Porter, who slowly gained the upper hand, he seemed to forget that judges don’t care (or at least aren’t supposed to do so) that a fighter can take a punch shake his head as if to say, “No, you cannot hurt me.”

Fair enough, yet effective aggression will usually get the higher nod. The Cincinnati pugilist at the very least handled himself much better than he did when he lost to Marcos Maidana in San Antonio eighteen months ago. He stormed out of the ring that night after his Argentine foe, much like Shawn Porter (26-1, 16 KOs) wasn’t fizzled in any way by his brash nature and less than gregarious persona.

We could figure out that Maidana was one mean dude. Most who have a Colt Python tattooed on their waist didn’t go through such trouble to affirm their love for the second amendment. He was squarely focused on ramming Broner’s attitude back in his face and he proceeded to do so. Porter, by contrast wasn’t as ruthless or twerky in the ring as “El Chino” Maidana was, yet he was just as zeroed in on his goal. Once Adrien Broner was resigned to his eventual defeat, he did not raise his hands in victory once the bell sounded to end the bout. Furthermore, he came across as somewhat refined in his post-fight interview, perhaps due to the fact that he was on network television.

“I’m an animal and I’ll fight anyone,” he said afterwards. This was different from any animal, though. They usually hunt their prey as opposed to being fed and last Saturday night, he really had it handed to him. He’ll be back and he may try his hardest to make us believe that his second career defeat was yet another apparition of the senses. He’s not the heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather Jr. There is no such person. Floyd usually talks before, during and after his fights. Broner should give serious thought to the art of tact and saving the gibberish for when the work is really done for the day.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:04am, 06/23/2015

    The Sweet Science-I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  2. Pete The Sneak 04:24am, 06/23/2015

    Marc Livitz, great read…SweetScience, great Post…. I’m glad you mentioned Porters conditioning. There is no way you can go 12 rounds exerting all that bum-rushing energy without you being in tremendous shape. Most people don’t realize that about Porter. He’s a quiet, classy, yet confident young man who didn’t let Broner’s antics get in the way of his game plan, that being to be all over Broner and not let him (Broner) get into any type of rhythm. I too found Broner’s Post fight comments puzzling, Fans wanting autographs, Financial security, being an animal, huh?...And lastly, do we give Tony Weeks a pass for his allowing Broner to spend almost 11 Rounds grabbing, holding and clutching Porter? Can we call it an off-night for Tony? Can ref’s be allowed to have an off-night, or was Weeks just performing improv in looking to imitate Laurence Coles for one night?...Peace

  3. TheSweetScience 08:31pm, 06/22/2015

    Hey IRISH…
    this long-winded post of mine wasnt directed toward you. I actually get good loud laughs at your witty posts. This was just stuff that was on my mind that whole fight while i watched it. Seeing ya bring up certain aspects got me to finally get to let it all come out haha.

  4. TheSweetScience 08:28pm, 06/22/2015

    I agree. Broner is so blindingly fast, strong, and has in-ring knowledge. I fully believe he came into this fight with Mayweather at his side, and completely fought his rendition of mayweather (which did not suit him. Pushing down is not stepping back and countering). I truly believe broner, who already does admittedly form some of his fighting directly after mayweather, came into this fight ALL mayweather, instead of Broner mixing in some floyd. But he failed at it bad. Even when the camera flashed to floyd in the crowd, even he looked confused.
    Still though, i kinda see what you mean about porter bum-rushing. Thing is, did you happen to watch WEEKS worth of broner flat out insulting porter? Not just his usual, and actually intelligent, street trash talk. But he even snuck into porters ring during a work out, danced around with headphones on, as he and floyd made fun of porter like two little punks on the playground. These two fighters go way back. Known one another since little kids. The bum-rushing made sense to me after watching the weeks leading up to the fight. It went way beyond just talkin smack at the weigh-in. Im not saying fighters shouldnt handle the pressure another fighter puts on to try and knock their rhythm off, as well as sell tickets. But broner went to very odd levels. He was weird, even compared to his usual self. I actually started to LIKE the trash talking, intelligent AB. But this AB was off. He wouldnt reference how even in a loss, the “fans” would stiil want to huy his autograph. He spoke of financial comfort and how a loss is nothing. That shows he is trying to lift mayweathers “the public loves to see a fighter get hurt. Im not letting myself get hurt. Im gonna get paid” style. BUT that style WORKS for Floyd cuz he is a defensive wizard. He shows talent in his refusal to fight the publics’ way. Ya cant pull that style off by pushing down your oppent’s head, not engaging, and laughing at the referee who already was helping you get away with garbage anyway! I would rather see porter “bum-rush” than fall into a mediocre pace, not be able to throw more than a punch because the other fighter runs and fades. Floyd has a talent in that. For adrien, it came across as lack of heart. Un-engaging. Not to mention, Porter was so well conditioned, enen tho sloppy, he was all over Broner like a swarm of bees every moment. You could SEE that Broner looked OFFENDED that Porter wouldnt leave him alone!! He had a facial expression of an offended, confused guy that thought his opponent, and even the ref, were there to support him. The fight was slop city on both sides. But the whole reason Porter even got knocked down in the 12th was because it totally shocked him that Broner came forward for the 1st time all fight! He finally fought, and actually looked good. But the knockdown was purely cuz it shocked Porter. Showing how the fight was fir 11 rounds. Then Porter collected himself like a well conditioned pro, and went back to winning. Yes, slop city. But if one aspect showed through, it was Porter’s conditioning and pure heart that was so unrelenting, Broner became a 25% fighter too. That wasnt due to lack of talent. That was due to a fighter that took himself very seriously and wants more.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:34pm, 06/22/2015

    Broner misses too Goddamned much….with his “style” he should be landing at 50% not 25%.....doesn’t throw any jabs to speak of….doesn’t throw enough of anything…....his hook is strictly an arm punch….that is until he finally sat down on it in the last round…..still I prefer him and his big mouth to Porter’s ugly ass bum rushin’.....so does Paulie!

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