Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Broner-Porter a Done Deal For June 20, NBC Primetime

By Jake Donovan

Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter both served as televised openers for the inaugural installments of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC and Spike TV, respectively. They will now appear across the ring from one another, as their previously rumored clash is now officially set for June 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The crossroads bout between former titlists from Ohio will air live in primetime on free-to-air NBC. In supporting televised action, rising unbeaten prospect Errol Spence faces veteran Roberto Garcia.

Of the four televised fighters, Spence (16-0, 13KOs) is the only one to not yet appear in primetime on a PBC event. The 2012 U.S. Olympian fought on the non-televised undercard of the April 11 PBC on NBC show, stopping Samuel Vargas in four rounds at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Garcia (37-3, 23KOs) made his PBC debut in April. The veteran boxer rose from an opening round knockdown to outpoint James Stevenson over eight rounds in the opening leg of a Spike TV-televised tripleheader in Chicago, Illinois.

Broner (30-1, 22KOs) was the very first fighter to post a win in the PBC series, putting on a boxing clinic in outpointing John Molina Jr. over 12 rounds in their NBC-televised bout this past March, also at the MGM Grand. The former three-division champ is a sizeable TV draw, though stuck in somewhat of a holding pattern in regards to competing at the very top level.

With that comes a catchweight bout with Porter (25-1-1, 16KOs), a former welterweight titlist in search of another run at a title, or competing against championship-level opposition.

(Writer’s note: An official weight has yet to be announced, although Broner competes at 140 lbs., while Porter is a career welterweight—JD)

Porter made his PBC debut on March 13, scoring a 5th round knockout of Erick Bone—a late replacement for Garcia, who suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw. The bout served as the first fight of PBC’s run on Spike TV, and combined with the main event—Andre Berto’s stoppage win over Josesito Lopez—helped deliver the network the highest rated Friday night boxing event on any network since 2007.

The win was Porter’s first since conceding his version of the welterweight title to Kell Brook last summer.

Broner has previously served as a titlist at 130, 135 and 147 lbs., having won three straight since the lone loss of his career, which came at the hands of Marcos Maidana in Dec. ’13.

Early whispers of such a fight had it taking place in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati, which—geographically—would have made since. Broner is a considerable draw in his corner of the world, and the growing rivarly would’ve been enhanced by Porter’s roots in Akron, Ohio.

Nevertheless, it’s a fight that both openly welcome. For Porter—who trains out of Las Vegas these days—it’s practically a home game and an opportunity for which he has long craved.

“[F]acing Adrien is definitely going to be a challenge, but I’ve watched his career, even in the amateurs, and I know he can be beat,” Porter said in a press statement. “We moved to Las Vegas for opportunities like this, and I would love to make the MGM Grand my home.”

Porter’s lone other career appearance at the MGM Grand came during fight week for Floyd Mayweather’s World junior middleweight championship win over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Two nights prior, Porter soundly outpointed Juiio Diaz over 10 rounds, a bout coming nine months after the two fought to a draw.

Broner will be performing at the MGM Grand for the third time in the span of four fights. Along with his win over Molina, the 25-year old scored a 10-round decision over Carlos Molina (no relation to John Jr.) on the undercard of Mayweather’s first win over Maidana.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kombayn on 05-15-2015

Shawn Porter KO's Adrien Broner with-in 3 rounds and then takes on Mayweather in September. Wouldn't surprise me.

Comment by Boskop on 05-15-2015

[QUOTE=Mannie Phresh;15681233]Anybody who thinks this is an easy fight for Broner DKSAB![/QUOTE] I'm favoring Porter in this one if he's not too drained

Comment by angad10 on 05-14-2015

this is an intriguing bout because its hard for me to pick a clear winner. the catch weight makes a big difference as porter is a big boy. they both have malignaggi as a common opponent but i dont think…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-13-2015

[QUOTE=Mr. Philadel;15682809]CW and rehydration clause?!?...a lose lose for Broner!!...he won't get credit from me[/QUOTE] And nor should he.

Comment by pnksntdead on 05-13-2015

Porter will bully Broner around.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (77)
Top Headlines Bob Arum: Al Haymon is Doing a Disservice to His Welterweights Andrade: I'm The Best Talent Out There at 154, 160, Maybe 168 BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week - January 18 UK News: Joyce-Tiffney, Archie Sharp, Danny Dignum, More Why Are So Many Boxing Fans Still Drawn To Adrien Broner? Kovalev Charged With Felony Assault, Allegedly Punched Woman Video: Malignaggi Breaks Down Canelo-Jacobs, Pacquiao-Broner Video: Memo Heredia Talks Pacquiao-Broner, Spence-Garcia Video: Badou Jack Ready For Marcus Browne Clash Video: Broner's Trainer Gives Take on Pacquiao Fight Video: Dillian Whyte Discusses Being a Free Agent, More Maurice Hooker Set For March 9 Defense vs. Mikkel LesPierre De La Hoya: Jacobs Worries Me; 2nd-Best at 160 After Canelo Roach: Pacquiao Hit Me To The Chest - Whole Body Went Numb! WBC: Jack-Browne Winner Will Be Mandatory To Gvozdyk Canelo-Jacobs: Venue TBD, T-Mobile The Current Frontrunner Photos: Warren vs. Oubaali, Ruiz vs. Tepora - Face To Face Photos: Badou Jack, Marcus Browne - Go Face To Face Jacobs Inks New Deal With Hearn, Three Fight Deal With DAZN Photos: Bryant Jennings, Oscar Rivas - Ready For Battle in Verona Photos: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan - Go Face To Face in NYC Ellerbe: Broner Beating Pacquiao is No Upset, This is 50-50 Fight Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs Finalized For May 4 Photos: Serrano vs. Voraberger, Doheny vs. Takahashi - Weigh-In Photos: Jorge Linares, Pable Cesar Cano - Ready For War Photos: Chris Algieri, Danny Gonzalez - On Point To Fight Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Artur Akavov - Ready For Battle Erislandy Lara vs. Brian Castano Tops Showtime Triple, March 2 Ricardo Quiroz To Face Jamaine Ortiz on February 23 Photos: Keith Thurman Putting in Work For Josesito Lopez Weights From New York City: Andrade 159.8, Akavov 160 Hearn Prepared To Win Purse Bid For Wilder-Fury Rematch Broner: Arum Offered Me $2 Million To Fight Pacquiao; F*** Him! Liam Smith vs. Sam Eggington Set Down March 30th Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Mykal Fox on February 15, ShoBox Anthony Yarde vs. Mehdi Amar Set For February 23 Khan: I Think a Brook Fight Is Still There, A Fight I'd Love To Have Malignaggi Feels Garcia is 'Going Too Far' in Facing Spence Broner: If I Win That Maidana Fight, I'd Probably Be Dead Now Hearn, Golden Boy Keen on Linares-Cano Winner vs. Hooker
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement