Adrien Broner Vs Shawn Porter – Preview and Prediction

Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner will meet Shawn ‘Showtime’ Porter in a bout dubbed the battle of Ohio due to both fighters being born and bred in the American state. This is a highly anticipated match up and will be picked up by Sky Sports in the UK, just before the Andre Ward and Paul Smith bout.

All committed boxing fans will know both fighters well, Adrien Broner for his trash talking antics and impressive displays in the lower weight divisions, Shawn Porter for losing his world title belt to the Briton’s own Kell Brook.

The bout will take place at the MGM grand Las Vegas at a 144lb catchweight, the fight will be part of the new Premier Boxing Champions platform.

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THE STORY ON ADRIEN BRONER

It was only two years ago Broner was being dubbed the next Mayweather, that was until he jumped two weight classes to face Paulie Malignaggi at welterweight and struggled to impress while winning the WBA world welterweight title, six months later he would be manhandled by Marcos Maidana defending that belt.

It was clear despite being an excellent fighter with natural ability, Broner was no Mayweather, or at least had a very long journey ahead of him to become such an elite fighter.

Since his loss to Maidana, Broner has won three in a row, however the opposition have not been world class. Carlos Molina, Emmanuel Taylor and John Molina Jr, while good fighters are not in Shawn Porters class.

The catchweight should suit Broner more than Porter but he will still need to deal with a physically strong pressure fighter this Saturday night, something he failed do with Maidana. Broner is an excellent counter puncher with fast hand speed, if he can exploit the many gaps Porter leaves open when he attacks he will have success.

Broner will need to up his work rate and try and get his jab off first, otherwise a busier Porter may outwork him.

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THE STORY ON SHAWN PORTER

Shawn Porter was riding the crest of a wave when he scored two excellent back to back wins against Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi in late 2013 and early 2014 winning the IBF welterweight title in the process, some were dubbing Porter as a mini Mike Tyson.

Up stepped Kell Brook who tamed Porter with his jab and exploited his defensive gaps to take the IBF belt back to the UK, Porter will be looking to bounce back into business in what would be a high profile win against the problem.

There is nothing too complexed about Porter he is an athletic physical force who likes to bring pressure get inside and let his hands go, in fact his style is not too dissimilar to that of Marcos Maidana, the only loss on Broners record.

If Porter can set a high tempo and bring aggression he may be able to replicate what Marcos Maidana did and hand Broner a 2nd career loss.

PREDICTION – PORTER UD 

Broner has already shown us he can struggle against a pressure, swarmer type fighter at a higher weight, and I think he will struggle again as Porter relentlessly comes forward and outworks and out-hustles him to win a unanimous decision on the scorecards. And I wouldn’t be surprised too see Broner meet the canvass at some point also.

BETTING TIP

£25 on Porter to win 4/5 Bet365, £10 on Broner to be knocked down 9/4 Paddy Power