A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Shawn Porter: Adrien Broner “ran away”
Adrien Broner, “About Billions” and “The Next Floyd Mayweather,” squandered another opportunity to prove himself as an elite fighter. Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) looked terrible, as former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) bullied him through twelve rounds last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
“This fight played pretty much out how we thought it would,” Porter said. “There were a few points where he ran. We actually wanted to fight a more subtle fight, a more calm and intelligent fight so that he wouldn’t run the way he ran a few times.”
Porter’s gritty and impressive display of relentless aggression against Broner was the main event of another Premier Boxing Championship series on NBC Sports. Porter used the word-stage of a nationally televised audience to expose Broner as a boxing media hype-job.
Broner, who spends a lot of time on social media making himself look stupid by flushing money down the toilet, in strip clubs with dirty women decorated with male-tattoos, dancing, and behaving silly, looked lost against Porter last Saturday.
Broner had no answer for Porter’s aggressive, straight-forward style. Although there was a lot of clinching, Porter moved Broner backwards against the ropes and unloaded with punches. Porter kept pressing the gas, while Broner held on for life. Broner knew he was losing the fight, but his best wasn’t going to be good enough to topple Porter, as the judges scored the bout: 118-109, 115-111, and 114-113.
“I’m OK, Broner said. “My kids OK. I’m financially fine. It’s OK,” a sneering Broner said after the fight on the broadcast. “At the end of the day, everybody in here will take my autograph and take a picture with me.”
Broner may be a former three-division world champion at 130, 135, and 147 pounds, but who has Broner fought? Does Broner have any quality victories?
Broner hasn’t defeated anyone special to be considered the heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather as boxing’s next biggest attraction. Broner’s only quality win was a close unanimous decision win over Daniel Ponce DeLeon, who was considered past-his-prime when they fought.
Victories against Vincente Martin Rodriguez, Eloy Perez, Vincente Escobedo, and Gavin Rees doesn’t prepare you for the likes of a Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Danny Garcia, Andre Berto, or a Keith Thurman. Broner has had everything given to him from easy world title fights, money, and undeserved TV slots.
His biggest victory occurred against Paulie Malignaggi for the WBA welterweight title in June 2014. Malignaggi, not recognized for having punching power, gave Broner fits for twelve rounds, but came up short on the official judges’ scorecards.
In his next fight, Broner was nearly drilled through the mat by Marcos Rene Maidana. It was terrible. Broner ran for his life once he realized that his overrated boxing skills wasn’t enough to thwart Maidana’s aggressiveness.
Broner did win his last three fights against overmatched opposition, but this fight last Saturday against Porter was the fight to reintroduce Broner to the world. Broner needed to look good against a fighter that can match him with speed and power.
Broner-Porter was a ‘must-win’ fight for both fighters. Broner had all of the advantages heading into the contest and with his good friend and mentor Floyd Mayweather and ‘advisor’ Al Haymon sitting at ringside with the rest of the world watching, Broner was full of confidence. Broner was set to put on a show, a boxing clinic, and give everyone a night that boxing would remember.
Instead, June 20, was a night that Broner will quickly forget, but as long as Shawn Porter is around, Broner will always be reminded of how terrible he performed. In the final round, Broner landed a left hook that surprised Porter, as he fell backwards onto the canvas. It was the first time that Porter was knocked down in his professional career.
Porter obviously was disappointed that he lost the IBF 147-pound title in his second title defense against Kell Brook. However, a nice comeback win against Broner, a former three-division world champion, is a nice comeback. The last time a fighter defeated Broner, it led to a fight with Floyd Mayweather. Certainly Porter is assured another big fight.
Fighting professionally since 2008, Porter won his first world title in December 2013 by bulling Devon Alexander around for twelve rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In his first and only successful title defense, Porter TKO’d Malignaggi in the fourth round.