By Ryan Burton
Last week Kell Brook's trainer Dominic Ingle stated that IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter is a good fighter but that he hadn't faced anyone with the power that Brook has. Ingle was mostly referencing Porter's past two opponents Paulie Malignaggi and Devon Alexander.
BoxingScene.com recently spoke to Ken Porter, who is the father and trainer of Shawn Porter, to get his reaction to Ingle's comments.
Porter found Ingle's remarks amusing and reeled off the names of some of the fighters that his son beat in the amateur ranks. Shawn fought at higher weights as an amateur and the names that his father listed all compete anywhere from 154 pounds to 175 pounds as professionals.
"As far them saying that we haven't faced anyone (with Brook's power), Ryan, trust and believe when you beat Danny Jacobs two or three times, when you beat Edwin Rodriguez twice, when you beat Demetrius Andrade, when you beat Shawn Estrada, when you beat those type of guys that fought in those weight classes at a high level as amateurs and now they are fighting at a high level as professionals - you know what it feels like to go in with those kind of guys and none of them have done any damage to us along the way and we feel that whatever this guy has we will be stronger and just as fast or faster. That has never been a problem for us at all," Porter stated.
"He will bring what he's got and we will bring what we got and at the end of the night we will see who the best man is. I am very confident in Shawn's ability to handle anybody's power at 147 pounds."
Porter said that he has seen a lot of improvement in his son over the past two years as he has made the progression from prospect to contender to champion. He said that they will continue to build off of that momentum and work towards becoming a superstar in the sport.
"Expect him (Brook) to look great and Shawn to look spectacular. I'm going to continue to train Shawn to build on our last fight and last camp, our fight and camp before that. I will continue to build on what he has been doing the last two years which led to becoming the IBF welterweight world champion.
"Now that he has become that champion we are going to continue to work hard. We look forward to that big fight with Kell and bigger things after that," Porter told BoxingScene.com.
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