'Showtime' Shawn Porter outworked Adrien Broner to claim a unanimous points victory in their huge welterweight clash this past Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Akron, Ohio fighter was the more active and aggressive boxer displaying his incredible work rate throughout the 12 rounds.
The Cincinnati Ohio based Broner was unable to trouble Porter until a flash knock-down in the 12 floored the 27-year-old but the former IBF welterweight champion appeared unhurt and was able to keep his composure and finish the round and in the process take the bragging rights in the 'battle of Ohio'.
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Porter Has Eyes On Title Fights
Shawn Porter worked every single second of each round showing incredible will and heart to get the victory. The fight itself provided little spark with 'Showtime' on the front foot looking to trap Broner who kept at bay throughout the majority of the contest, holding frequently when both fighters were up close and consequently getting a point deducted in the 11th round for his actions.
The excessive clinching turned the highly anticipated bout into a dull encounter which could have been saved if referee Tony Weeks took action by deducting points earlier in the contest rather than waiting until the 11th. Adrien Broner never looked like engaging or stepping on the gas as each time Porter came forward and landed the 25 year old backed off or held on to his opponent.
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The low number of flush punches and combinations from the former three weight world champion was increasingly frustrating to watch from the clearly talented Broner who massively under-performed.
The performance from Porter may not have been scintillating but overall he was the more positive fighter who always looked to engage and rarely took a back step. It's a fantastic win from the former champion who is now eyeing up a potential clash with Keith Thurman or possibly Floyd Mayweather.
The victory will taste even sweeter for team Porter as the bout was agreed at a catch-weight of 144Ibs and a rehydration limit of 154Ibs giving a massive advantage to Broner. The weight clauses though appeared to do no damage in fatiguing Porter who kept his engine running from start to finish.
Porter looking at Mayweather
The 27-year-old laughed off Mayweather's suggestion of a bout with Errol Spence Jr on his undercard when the pound for pound king plans to fight in September. Porter stated that he is "not looking at anymore Mayweather undercards" and is instead now "looking at Mayweather".
Shawn Porter has many options looking towards the future, after his win over Broner he has now put himself well and truly in the mix of the top 147Ib fighters in the world. A rematch with Kell Brook for the IBF title, a showdown with fellow American Keith Thurman for the WBA World title or a golden ticket opportunity with Floyd Mayweather are all possibilities for September.
The undefeated 48-0 Mayweather previously chose to fight Marcos Maidana in 2014 after the Argentine defeated his 'baby brother' Broner and he may well make the decision to take on Porter in an attempt to set an example and show his younger protégé how it should be done.
The next few months look exciting in the welterweight division, despite his title loss last year Shawn Porter has shown how big his heart is by coming back with two wins on the bounce.
The weight stipulation and rehydration clause would have been understandable excuses had the Akron, Ohio boxer lost but he didn't, Porter made light work of Adrien Broner and sent a message to the world that 'Showtime' is ready for a shot at world honours again, the only question is which champion will it be?