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When: Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KO) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KO) face off, on Saturday, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, It will be a matchup of speed and talent versus power and athleticism.
Both Guys from Ohio, two former welterweight world champions in their mid-20s. This fight is the best main event in the short history of the Premier Boxing Champions series.
Porter is 27 and Broner just 25. Both are former world champions on the comeback trail. The winner of this fight will take a major step forward, and the loser will drop back in line.
Broner was a three-division world champion by the age of 23. He won the vacant super featherweight belt over the obscure Vicente Martin Rodriguez in the Argentine fighter’s only trip to the United States.
To become a champion at welterweight, Broner beat Paulie Malignaggi, the lightest-hitting welterweight titlist of recent years.
Broner spoke plainly when he discussed Saturday’s bout during an ESPN.com Q&A session:
“He’s a solid fighter, a world-class fighter and a former world champion. I’m going to be taking this fight serious and am not looking past him. I will defeat Shawn Porter on [Saturday].”
25-year-old Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) is a highly skilled, versatile boxer-puncher with deep amateur pedigree (300-19-1 before going pro). The Cincinnati native’s flashy style and blazing combinations make him one of today’s most entertaining boxers to watch
Porter was a highly decorated amateur who broke through as a professional in December 2013. Beating former lightweight titlist Julio Diaz in their rematch, Porter parlayed his victory into a title shot, surprisingly out-hustling Devon Alexander. He bludgeoned Malignaggi in his first defense and then lost a close fight – and his IBF belt – to Kell Brook. Since that loss last August, Porter has returned to his winning ways, beating late sub Erick Bone in March.
Last August, Porter dropped his title to England’s Kell Brook. In March, Porter knocked out virtually unknown Erick Bone of Ecuador. This fight with Broner is his first true test since the loss to Brook.
Who will win?
Broner is clearly the superior boxer. He has faster hands and is the more accurate puncher. But, Porter is an excellent athlete, and he’s physically stronger than Broner.
To win, Porter needs to get on the inside, rough Broner up and bang the body.
Broner needs to keep Porter at a distance and fight at a controlled pace.