— Shawn Porter dictated the pace with a bulldozing offense, throwing and landing far more punches than an outworked Adrien Broner.
— Broner consistently held throughout the fight, eventually getting docked a point in Round 11 by referee Tony Weeks.
— Broner dropped Porter in Round 12 with a thundering left hand, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the victory as Porter won a unanimous decision.
His sparkly gold trunks were gaudy as a matador’s getup, and that’s pretty much how Adrien Broner carried himself Saturday night as he attempted to dodge the raging bull that was Shawn Porter.
Porter dictated the pace early, lunging at Broner—actually leaving his feet in doing so once in the first round—bullying Broner into the ropes and hammering him to the body. But by the middle of Round 2, Broner began to get his timing down on Porter’s come forward attack, countering hard, landing a snapping right hand in the middle of round followed by a crisp left a bit later.
Still, it was Porter who continually pressed the action, as Broner seemed content to let Porter initiate his offense and then counter. Neither fighter, though, could find much of an offensive rhythm.
There was a lot of grappling throughout the fight, with Broner in particular resorting to wrapping up Porter in an attempt to smother his attack, sneaking in forearms shivers and hitting behind the head from time to time while they clinched.
In Round 10, Porter seemed to slam the door shut on a Broner victory, outworking him by wide margin, but Broner dropped Porter with a thundering straight left hand in Round 12.
Broner landed hard shots throughout the rest of the round, hinting at what could have been had he engaged his offense more consistently throughout the fight.
It wasn’t enough to pull out the victory though, as Porter won a unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards (114-112, 115-111 and 118-108).
- Broner vs Porter