Porter: Berto Got Knocked Out In Our Fight; It Wasn't Head-Butts

By Keith Idec

LOS ANGELES – Shawn Porter suspects Andre Berto is simply trying to rationalize his technical knockout loss to Porter last year.

That’s the only explanation that made sense to Porter once he was told Berto blamed his loss on Porter’s repeated head-butts during a conference call last week ( Porter dropped Berto once in the second round and twice in the ninth round on his way to stopping him in the ninth round of their April 2017 fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“At the end of the day, there were hands being thrown, and that’s what ended the fight,” Porter told “So he can talk about all that he wants to, but the first time he went down it was a punch. It wasn’t a head-butt that knocked him down. So we all go through the fire and we all go through it differently. Him and I went through the fire with some head-butts, I came out of it strong and he did not.”

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The 34-year-old Berto (31-5, 24 KOs) is scheduled to fight for the first time Saturday night since Porter beat him 15 months ago. The former WBC welterweight champion will meet former IBF welterweight champ Devon Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KOs) in a 12-round, 147-pound bout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York (FOX; 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT).

“He’s fighting [Saturday night], so he’s gotta make everyone believe that he can win this fight,” Porter said. “Any blemish on his record and anything that he’s been through, he has to come up with a reason why he’s been through it and why he can be successful again. I think that we all know that he was knocked out in our fight. He wasn’t head-butted into a loss. He was knocked out into a loss.”

Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) has his own fight on which to focus – a showdown with Danny Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBC welterweight title September 8 at Barclays Center. He’ll pay attention to Alexander-Berto, though, and expects the skillful southpaw from St. Louis to beat Berto.

“It’s not personal for me at all, but I think that Devon Alexander is gonna be successful that night,” said Porter, who defeated Alexander by unanimous decision to win the IBF welterweight title in December 2013 at Barclays Center. “I think that Devon Alexander has more in the tank and more to bring to the ring than Berto at this point.”

When asked if he believes Berto is finished at the championship level, Porter responded, “Just about. In this fight game, you can go through some wars. But after a few, your body’s taxed. And I think he’s made it to that point now where he’ll look fresh coming to the ring, but it won’t be long until he doesn’t have that fighting spirit, the quickness, the reflexes, the speed – everything that it takes to be a winner in the ring.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=gabossboy;18987519]Stop making excuses for Berto. The guy was never a true champion. Yes Porter head butted him, there was a head butt or two that was Caused by Berto. The headbutts were not intentional but caused due to poor technique.…

Comment by j.razor on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=greeneye99;18987130]Watch the Lamont Peterson fight again. My friend he lost that one too[/QUOTE] No, DSG won that one. [B]LP started too late[/B] even though the last couple rounds LP was busting Danny up.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 08-02-2018

Porter was always going to win the fight but if he wore a helmet in there it wouldn't have been out of place. Headbutting through that

Comment by j.razor on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=markther;18987046]This fight is on FOX. I will DVR it and watch it later in the week or month. 2 boring ass weak loser fighters. Who cares who wins. And they both look like ugly black reptiles or something...LOLLOLLOLLOL!!! [IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] You…

Comment by j.razor on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=Rigpig;18987035]Shawn Porters style of fighting is just mauling not much boxing technique. I hope he beats Garcia tho. I’m not a fan of his with all his gift decisions and crying that he beat Thurman when he clearly lost.[/QUOTE] He…

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