Saturday, 20 June 2015 04:00

Broner vs Porter: Does the catch-weight make Shawn the underdog?

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On Saturday June 20th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas NV, former IBF welterweight champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) will face former three division champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs).

Broner vs Porter will be contested at a catch-weight of 144 pounds, three pounds below the welterweight limit of 147.

Given Porter is the bigger and stronger of the two, having to shed three additional pounds could put him at a significant disadvantage. 

For the average person, losing three pounds isn’t a daunting task. However, when you’re a well-conditioned professional athlete in peak condition with a low percentage of body fat, dropping an additional three pounds can be an arduous task.

A fighter might have to essentially starve himself while going through the rigors of training camp. As a result, he may enter the fight weakened, fatigued, and drained.

At 5’7," Porter is a thick, muscular welterweight who has previously campaigned at higher weight classes so dropping down to 144 pounds presents a tall task. 

Even if he rehydrates and gains 15 pounds or more after the weigh-in, it’s hard to fathom how he will have the same strength he would have had if the fight had been contested at 147 pounds.

We saw how drained and gaunt Daniel Geale looked at when he was forced to shed three additional pounds to face Miguel Cotto earlier this month. And while no one is predicting that Porter will get knocked out in four rounds like Geale did, a compromised Porter may have difficulty dealing with the faster and slicker Broner.

So the big question leading into this fight is: How weakened will Porter be?

Porter’s advantages will seemingly be his strength, size and aggression. But if Porter is not at full strength, expect Broner’s faster hands carry him to victory.

If Porter is able to somehow maintain some semblance of his normal strength, his size and physicality will be too much for Broner and the former could possibly score a knockout.

Broner vs Porter is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated and intriguing bouts of 2015.

Jason Leach

I was born in Queens NY, but currently reside in Hackensack NJ. Became a diehard boxing fan in the 1980’s watching Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.

I’ve enjoyed watching and talking about sports for as long as I can remember. In late 2012 I began to pursue a sports writing career with the Harlem Times. Within a few months I was covering events such as the Big East Tournament and the Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight at the Barclays Center.

Love boxing because of the Sweet Science, the history of great champions, and knowing at any moment a fight can be over with one punch.