Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
After Shawn “Showtime” Porter’s opponent for his Saturday night welterweight bout unleashed a torrent of insults on the Akron-based fighter and his father, it wouldn’t be shocking to see this turn into something personal.
Instead of taking aim at Porter, Adrien “The Problem” Broner, a Cincinnati fighter and friend of Floyd Mayweather, went after Porter’s father in the duo’s pre-fight press conference, according to a report from The Ring Magazine.
“The is the A.B. show!” Broner barked as Floyd Mayweather Jr. watched the 25-year-old who often calls himself Mayweather’s little brother waste little time taking aim at both Shawn and, more poignantly, his father and trainer, Kenny. A bevy of insults were slung from Broner’s hip. He called Shawn a football player and ridiculed his opponent for allowing his father to “live out his dream through Shawn.” He even went so far as to suggest that Kenny Porter had been using his son to gain access to the finer things in life while delivering Shawn mere crumbs despite the younger Porter being the breadwinner.
Porter wasn’t fazed.
“I knew that it was going to eventually happen,” Porter continued. “He respects me but I definitely expected him to get loud at the press conference. It just doesn’t get to me.”
And it could add some spice to Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. fight that will air on NBC (WKYC Channel 3 locally) at 8:30 as part of the PBC on NBC. But given that Porter is the former IBF champ in the division and Broner, who held the WBA welterweight title along with two others, this should offer its share of drama inside the ring.
“This figures to be a terrific matchup. It’s unusual to see fights between former champions still in their 20s, with so much on the line,” blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert told the Beacon Journal. “ For Adrien Broner, it’s his toughest fight since the loss to Marcos Maidana in late 2013, while Shawn Porter is certainly a star on the rise. Both fighters are expecting large turnouts from their home areas, who certainly will be heard from. In effect, Las Vegas will be hosting the Battle of Ohio.”