Shawn Porter Outworks Adrien Broner for Unanimous Decision Win

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Shawn Porter wants to be fighter. Anything he does beyond that seems to be of secondary concern to him. He’s a hard worker. He fights with urgency. He does everything he can do to win. Adrien Broner does not want to be a fighter. He wants to be famous. He’s gotten by on talent and athleticism alone, and any hard work he’s done to become an elite-level fighter seems to have taken place years ago.

Barring a significant gap in talent and skill, a guy that wants to be a fighter will almost always beat a fighter who just wants to be famous. Such was the case on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as Porter, the fighter, defeated Broner, the celebrity, by unanimous decision.

Judges at ringside score the bout 114-112, 115-111 and 118-108 for Porter.

“That’s how you beat a great fighter intelligently,” said Porter after the fight. He told NBC’s Kenny Rice he established his jab early and proved to be the better boxer. It was an outstanding effort from Porter. It was much less so from Broner as well as referee Tony Weeks, who allowed Broner to foul Porter with holds, forearms and general mauling tactics all throughout the bout until finally taking a point away in Round 11.

In fact, the entire fight might have been a microcosm for Broner’s whole career. Broner, the flashy and talented boxer, came into the fight dancing and smiling. Was he even taking things seriously? The bell rang, and he was mostly interested in posing and fouling. Does he want to be a fighter or just want to look like a fighter? There’s a huge difference.

The worst part wasn’t even Broner. It was Weeks. Here was the man who was supposed to have control of the action. Here was the man given authority to tell the 25-year-old Broner all the things he couldn’t and shouldn’t have been doing. I imagine Broner has lots people like Weeks in his life. Do his managers, his promoters, his family or his friends ever tell him when he’s acting like a buffoon? Or do they just let it slide like Weeks did? Evidence supports the latter.

No matter, Porter, age 27, capitalized on all of Broner’s mistakes and took home the win. Both fighters are from Ohio, Porter from Cleveland and Broner from Cincinnati. Cleveland prevailed.

Both fighters started slow and cautious in Round 1. Porter caught Broner with two left hooks as Broner was moving backwards, causing Broner to hold on for dear life. The two wrestled a bit at the end of the round, pushing and mauling back at each other to see who was the stronger and rougher man. It was Porter.

Broner’s plan from the start of Round 2 seemed to be landing his blazingly fast left hook as Porter advanced toward him. But Porter was patient in his approach and able to duck it or faint the punch out before rushing in to do work. Broner’s other plan was grabbing hold of Porter if he got passed the hook, holding his head down and not letting him get anything but wide and blind shots off. Broner’s faster, shorter punches gave him the edge in Round 2.

Porter was busier in Round 3. He concentrated his efforts on Broner’s body. Broner held anytime Porter got in close, pushing Porter’s head down to the ground or shoving his forearm into Porter’s throat. Weeks allowed it. But Porter used good head movement and fancy footwork to alternate his attack enough to do the meaningful work inside.

Broner slipped off his feet at the begging of Round 4. He wasn’t hurt, but Porter jumped on him anyway. Broner mostly held and mauled with his forearms. Weeks let him do it. But Porter bullied Broner around the ring and to the ropes and landed punches anywhere and everywhere he could.

Broner was the aggressor in Round 5. He showed his talent. He came out throwing sharp left hooks and was the fighter walking forward for the first two minutes of the round. This was how he should have fought the entire fight. But Porter weathered the flashy and clean blows to get back to jousting forward behind his telephone pole jab by the last minute of action. Still, it was Broner’s best round yet.

Porter reasserted himself in Round 6. He used swift head movement to dart his way into punching range. Once there, he let his hands goes. Broner landed single counters here and there, but Porter’s physical strength and assertiveness was clearly winning both the round and the fight.

Broner intentionally fouled Porter with backhands twice in Round 7 while Weeks was breaking the two men up from a hold that Broner initiated. But Weeks did not take a point away from Broner, only offering him a warning for the behavior. Otherwise the three minutes ticked away with Porter intelligently walking Broner down.

Round 8 was beautiful. Both fighters looked haggard, but both threw punches from decent enough space to land clean and often. Despite clearly being tired, both fought at a relatively torrid pace and there was nary a clinch in the three minutes, at least in comparison to the previous seven rounds.

But Broner fouled Porter egregiously again in Round 9. He grappled both arms when Porter bullied him to the ropes, then stuck his open glove in Porter’s face to keep him away. Again, Weeks did not take away a point. Broner landed a few flashy counters in the round, but Porter threw and landed more.

Porter landed a hard overhand right in Round 10. Broner responded with a hook and an illegal forearm. Porter walked him down, though, and landed another vicious right hand again a few seconds afterward. By the end of the round, Porter had stunned him again with the same right hand in the corner. It was the most one-sided three minutes yet.

Broner surprisingly fought with no urgency in Round 11. He was content to hold and dance away from any and all action. Even Weeks, who to this point in the fight could have been mistaken for Broner’s biggest supporter, seemed to have enough of it. He finally took a point away from the hapless Broner much to the delight of the crowd who let out a sarcastic cheer. Broner is a very talented fighter. He could be great. Even if he just wanted to be very good, he could do that easier than most. He dropped Porter like a sack of bricks to start Round 12 with a sharp, hard left hook. But when Porter got up, Broner either didn’t know what to do or didn’t have the fortitude to do it.

Porter, the hurt fighter, bullied and pressured Broner, the famous talent, for the remainder of the round. Again, it was Broner initiating clinches. Again, it was Broner losing the fight. Again, it was Broner being Broner.

Final CompuBox stats showed Porter outlanded Broner 149-88 in the bout and 99-68 in power shots. That’s what a fighter does. He throws and lands punches.

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Spence Stops Lo Greco in Three

One of boxing’s best young prospects, Errol Spence Jr., stopped Phil Lo Greco in just three rounds. Lo Greco, the self-proclaimed “Italian Sensation,” was offered the fight this week after Spence’s original opponent could not make weight. 

Lo Greco gave it his all. He tried to force the young southpaw back in Round 1, but by Round 2 was taking heavy blows to the head and body. He came out of his corner in Round 3 looking like a beaten man, and Spence made him look it even more by knocking him down with a counter right hook. The brave Lo Greco rose to his feet but was staggered moments later by a straight left hand. Referee Robert Byrd stopped the bout with Lo Greco eating too punches on the ropes.

Spence, age 25, appears to have legitimate superstar potential. In fact, of all the fighters in Al Haymon’s impressive stable, he might just have the most upside.

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-DaveB :

Now will "Big Brother" want to fight Porter for beating up on "Little Brother"? Oh brother.


-SouthPawFlo :

Broner will never be "elite" because he doesn't let his hands go... Talent will only get you so far...


-King Beef :

Broner still doesn't seem to be taking this serious. I missed the middle rounds due to bad weather, but it seems it was the same old AB, (getting outworked) especially losing by UD, even with the knockdown in the 12th. They spoiled this kid by giving him too much, too soon, and too early.


-King Beef :

Broner still doesn't seem to be taking this serious. I missed the middle rounds due to bad weather, but it seems it was the same old AB, (getting outworked) especially losing by UD, even with the knockdown in the 12th. They spoiled this kid by giving him too much, too soon, and too early.


-DaveB :

Broner wants to play. He fouls and doesn't want to do the work to keep his man off to win the fight by jabbing and countering. He has a lot of things in his favor but every time he steps up he gets beaten. This is three times if you count Malinaggi. After a while people aren't going to care to see this cocky, arrogant little fart because there will be no one wanting to see him get his butt beaten because he has lost so much. He really thinks he is a big star. He is not even a fallen star because that implies he once was a star.


-the Roast :

Outworks being the keyword. Porter let his hands go land or not and Broner did not. Weeks should have taken a point away from Broner for holding by the 4th or 5th. Broner would have benefitted from a point or two taken away. He would have been forced to fight and possibly land punches like the one that scored the 12th round knockdown way earlier. Broner has no one but himself to blame for this loss. He is pissing away his prime years. He better learn before it's too late. A true competitor would not have been fine with the loss as he was in the post fight interview. Loosing sucks, loosing is horrible. I would want to throw myself in front of a bus if I lost like that. It's one thing to get beat but to lose because you simply didn't TRY hard enough is unacceptable at any level of sport.


-stormcentre :

Almost everything with Broner seems choreographed. His media appearances seem like highly staged events. His fights currently seem to be a vehicle for him to showcase his alter "About Billions" ego - rather than focusing on fighting skills; which - when all is said, bragged about, and done - really is the coalface of how he will make any money, millions included. Let alone billions. Hell, even his sparring sessions (of those I have seen via video) seem more like a mix of bytch-talk-cheap-comedy and self-promotion; where it's more important to look cool than actually learn and be a good boxer. Add to it the fact that these sparring sessions are usually with guys that are already far too psychologically in awe of Adrien to make it a meaningful session. Sure, he probably stepped it up in preparation for Porter; but I know several guys that were around when I was around in his weight that would just disrespectfully bash him in sparring if he came out with the "smack talk" stuff I have seen. Of course this is all just my opinion, but very few guys can really pull off the smack talk beat-down and/or out-class the azz, sparring sessions; but Toney is - or was - one of them. I really think Broner expected the weight loss/gain aspects of the pre/fight to favour him, since Porter probably walks around as the bigger man. Other than that (and stupidity) I can't think of why Broner was so overtly overconfident before the fight. I mean it's not like Shawn is that much of a pushover that it's as Broner was saying; "easy work". Porter - despite "not" being a really slick boxer - would not be an easy night out for any super/welterweight; as his fights with Brook, Paulie, and also Broner have now showed. In some ways, the fight was such a letdown in terms of what it could have been. Even if not measured by how Broner's mouth - prior to the fight - ran off like a lawnmower skipping across dung infested grass. Where to now? It's obvious this version or perhaps any other version of Broner can't continuously compete as a top welterweight, and I doubt a move to light middleweight and getting smacked around the ears with a few extra pounds would really do his already seemingly declining intellect much benefit. Would love to hear the post fight talk between Haymon and Broner. Or Porter and Broner, as far as that is concerned. :) :)


-amayseng :

Broner wants to play. He fouls and doesn't want to do the work to keep his man off to win the fight by jabbing and countering. He has a lot of things in his favor but every time he steps up he gets beaten. This is three times if you count Malinaggi. After a while people aren't going to care to see this cocky, arrogant little fart because there will be no one wanting to see him get his butt beaten because he has lost so much. He really thinks he is a big star. He is not even a fallen star because that implies he once was a star.
Ponce beat him as well and then another guy I can not recall should have got the nod as well. AB should have like 4-5 losses.


-michigan400 :

Its always a good night when Broner gets humbled (somewhat anyway). Watched at my bros place while having sum drinks and loved every minute. As Doon as Porter chased him backwards and caught him with a left while he was on full retreat I knew he was in for a long night. Porter had a nice hard jab he kept nailing him with. Kinda of an awkward sneaky one but Broner ate it all night. Broner just does not punch back on an aggressive opponent and had some sad punch stat numbers. Floyd mini me my ***!!! Good win for Porter but he would get ate up by Floyd even at 38 or 39.


-SouthPawFlo :

I actually watched the fight twice... And Porter didn't look that "great" but Broner really disappointed me... He wants to fight like a counter-puncher but he was missing everything, and even though he has speed, his timing is terribly off... And he doesn't wanna do any fighting on the inside... It's like he spent soo much time trying not to get hit he didn't fully committ to his offense.... Porter can still be a little wild at time, but I feel like he did a good job of constantly attacking the body and landing Power Jabs... He can't throw a straight right hand to save his life tho.... Overall a good scrap, and I'm glad AB was further exposed.... His "celebrity" seems to be more important to him than winning fights...


-ericfarrell85 :

I actually watched the fight twice... And Porter didn't look that "great" but Broner really disappointed me... He wants to fight like a counter-puncher but he was missing everything, and even though he has speed, his timing is terribly off... And he doesn't wanna do any fighting on the inside... It's like he spent soo much time trying not to get hit he didn't fully committ to his offense.... Porter can still be a little wild at time, but I feel like he did a good job of constantly attacking the body and landing Power Jabs... He can't throw a straight right hand to save his life tho.... Overall a good scrap, and I'm glad AB was further exposed.... His "celebrity" seems to be more important to him than winning fights...
Yup, right on the money. Truthfully, I'm surprised Broner with his quick hands seldom catches his opponents coming in. I'm equally surprised how ineffective his straight right is, again considering his swift reflexes. Broner thinks he's bigger and stronger than he actually is and undoubtedly feels he can tie up/absorb incoming missiles. He's wrong on all counts; both Maidana and Porter bullied him easily. I feel Andre Ward would be a far better influence on Broner, from a fighting style perspective, than Mayweather is. I'm not counting him out just yet. He just turned 25 and has hit rock bottom. I expect changes going forward, if not a complete overhaul. Notwithstanding the fued with Amir Khan, Broner goes out of his way to show love towards Virgil Hunter. Interesting how it plays from here.


-SouthPawFlo :

Broner is far from done.. With his "colorful" personality he'll always sell tickets and Haymon will keep him on TV... He just needs to work on catching guys when they coming in or fighting better on the inside..... His counter punch accuracy is way off, he wants to be like Mayweather, but May is a Marksman with his counters.. Broner still can "outbox" a lot of guys at 140-147, his offense just doesn't do well against "pressure fighters"


-amayseng :

Broner is far from done.. With his "colorful" personality he'll always sell tickets and Haymon will keep him on TV... He just needs to work on catching guys when they coming in or fighting better on the inside..... His counter punch accuracy is way off, he wants to be like Mayweather, but May is a Marksman with his counters.. Broner still can "outbox" a lot of guys at 140-147, his offense just doesn't do well against "pressure fighters"
Sell tickets? Broner is a BORE to watch, he averaged 26 punches thrown per ROUND against Porter and HELD non stop killing the action. Boxing is fighting, not holding and dancing with your opponent. Broner is not even funny either. You call him saying "he high, he high, he high" for ten mins straight about a grown man is "colorful"? It is juvenile and ignorant. No one wants to watch a young punk saying "he high" and think it is entertaining. Unless maybe you are a young punk yourself. I think it was a terrible fight. No way he headlines a fight for quite some time. Broner, what an absolute waste of talent.


-deepwater2 :

Love him or hate him, Floyd won his fights. Broner hasn't. He looks so limited in there. Broner pays more attention to doing silly dances,making funny faces and throwing foul punches than he does at actual boxing. Floyd will probably break up with his lil Broner soon enough. He seems to like Spence, and Spence took it to Floyd and made Broner cry in sparring. The battle to be Floyd's little bro: Broner vs Spence.


-Chris L :

Broner can't handle the weight, he should move down to 135 where he was entertaining/could back up his words.


-Radam G :

Love him or hate him, Floyd won his fights. Broner hasn't. He looks so limited in there. Broner pays more attention to doing silly dances,making funny faces and throwing foul punches than he does at actual boxing. Floyd will probably break up with his lil Broner soon enough. He seems to like Spence, and Spence took it to Floyd and made Broner cry in sparring. The battle to be Floyd's little bro: Broner vs Spence.
ES kayoed AB in a sparring session in 2013. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Broner will be back in September... Haymon is gonna keep him on TV because he knows he's such a polarizing figure and his "celebrity" is bigger than his talent at this point... Even after the win Shawn Porter is still not a Bigger Draw than Broner... Broner vs Maidana rematch would get more ratings than Kell Brook vs Porter rematch... This kid is only 25. And he can box, hopefully one day he'll mature and start taking things a little more seriously... But people are writing him off, he's far from Done... Broner can fight: Danny G Khan Matthysse Maidana rematch Andre Berto Porter rematch (he can use that late Knockdown as part of the promotion) He'll be back


-stormcentre :

Hope (for Broner's sake) you're right SPF. "Celebrity" is cool and I get it. It (and her thighs) allowed Anna Kournikova to be present at many tennis matches that her skill alone couldn't compete at. The only issue I see with Broner receiving fight invitations (whatever percentage it is) based on his celebrity, is that on the other side of the "net" is usually someone that gets up early in the morning to do roadwork, and then trains later in the day; to perfect punching Broner in the head. And Broner has show that his reliance on theatrics and smack talk is more than insignificant. Because almost always, as soon as Broner gets in with a competent welterweight that is not frozen, deterred, and/or scared by talk - presenting a situation where Adrien has to fight and show what he has - it's not always as good as the talk. I wonder if Broner V Khan is viable. Both guys have enough liabilities to make the fight interesting, and Matthew has the speed to make Broner really prepare in the gym. Brook would walk down and murder Broner in my opinion. Thurman would probably KO him, as Broner's defence crumbles under pressure; when he needs it the most. Bradley would outwork and beat on Broner. So, that leave Berto, Maidana, Matthysse and Danny. I can't see Broner beating any of those guys. Berto is - loosely - a more proficient form of the style Broner attempts to emulate. Maidana is inside Broner's head and pants, and would mash him. Matthysse could keep the fight medium/long and work off his jab. Danny, is probably Broner's best chance due to how slow he is. But Danny is tough and has excellent punch resistance and also usually fight preparation. So, if Broner gets caught by a Garcia counter, he will - in my opinion - either get damaged or go down. Paulie - (punch placement-wise and/or technically/theoretically; even though it was not in practice) showed how to beat Broner. To me, this means that Broner really needs a complete makeover if he is to successfully compete - whether it be based on some unknown component of his celebrity or not - at the top level of the welterweight division. Happy to hear your counter-thoughts. :) :)


-Radam G :

Broner will be back in September... Haymon is gonna keep him on TV because he knows he's such a polarizing figure and his "celebrity" is bigger than his talent at this point... Even after the win Shawn Porter is still not a Bigger Draw than Broner... Broner vs Maidana rematch would get more ratings than Kell Brook vs Porter rematch... This kid is only 25. And he can box, hopefully one day he'll mature and start taking things a little more seriously... But people are writing him off, he's far from Done... Broner can fight: Danny G Khan Matthysse Maidana rematch Andre Berto Porter rematch (he can use that late Knockdown as part of the promotion) He'll be back
Thanks for the warning. Hehehe! Holla!


-amayseng :

Broner will be back in September... Haymon is gonna keep him on TV because he knows he's such a polarizing figure and his "celebrity" is bigger than his talent at this point... Even after the win Shawn Porter is still not a Bigger Draw than Broner... Broner vs Maidana rematch would get more ratings than Kell Brook vs Porter rematch... This kid is only 25. And he can box, hopefully one day he'll mature and start taking things a little more seriously... But people are writing him off, he's far from Done... Broner can fight: Danny G Khan Matthysse Maidana rematch Andre Berto Porter rematch (he can use that late Knockdown as part of the promotion) He'll be back
He has all the physical tools necessary to be a success and an entertaining one at that. However he has one thing going on you are not picking up on. HE LOST his confidence and killer instinct. Chino took it from him and sometimes there is no getting it back. In this case, Broner, who has always been a head case one way or another, is severely lacking it. Against elite or upper competition he is done.


-SouthPawFlo :

Here is why I say the kid will be back: If you listen to the tone of all the comments since Saturday it's more about what Broner "didn't do." Nobody is really talking about Shawn P.. The overall sentiments are than Broner lost the fight and not that Porter won... Like him or hate him, the kid Broner moves the needle.. I think they got 2.5 million viewers on Saturday, and you can make a case that right now other than Floyd & Manny, Broner is the most popular fighter at 147. Let's see how many numbers Tim Bradley pulls this weekend...


-Radam G :

Here is why I say the kid will be back: If you listen to the tone of all the comments since Saturday it's more about what Broner "didn't do." Nobody is really talking about Shawn P.. The overall sentiments are than Broner lost the fight and not that Porter won... Like him or hate him, the kid Broner moves the needle.. I think they got 2.5 million viewers on Saturday, and you can make a case that right now other than Floyd & Manny, Broner is the most popular fighter at 147. Let's see how many numbers Tim Bradley pulls this weekend...
Not exactly true. Money May has thrown Broner, da goner, under the bus and is letting Keith Thurman or Shawn Porter fight Spence for his WBC belt that he is giving up. Take a listen to the bulljive of Money May:
->https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fJcqhzlr6-A. Holla!


-deepwater2 :

Not exactly true. Money May has thrown Broner, da goner, under the bus and is letting Keith Thurman or Shawn Porter fight Spence for his WBC belt that he is giving up. Take a listen to the bulljive of Money May:
->https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fJcqhzlr6-A. Holla!
Floyd is gonna ditch Broner like one of his ex girls. Spence is a better fighter, is a future superstar and isn't repugnant .


-Yogo :

Broner is done at elite. The kid is lazy,stupid and will never ever learn from his mistakes until he's 4o years old and 230lb's. He's to horrid even for boxing. He high. Bring on Spence. A hard working, honest, decent lad.