Boxing Results: Kell Brook defeats Shawn Porter via majority decision
Aug 17 2014 2:00 AM
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Kell Brook remains unbeaten with 32 wins and is the new IBF welterweight champion. Brooks defeated Shawn Porter via Majority decision with scores: 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112 in their August 16 fight at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

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The Commish says:

I wouldn't mind seeing a rematch.

Obviously, it will be in England in front of tens of thousands of Brook loyalists.

If Porter thought the first fight was tough…

-Randy G.

stormcentre says:

Agreed – I'd like to see the rematch.

The Good Doctor says:

I thought Porter would smoke him and boy was I wrong. Maybe I saw a bit of different fight from everyone else, but I did not think it was that close.

Porter fought a dumb fight and Brook took advantage of that. He reminded me a little of Donaire against Rigo in which he spent way too much time lunging and trying to get the kill shot. In addition, he did not deviate from that strategy much which made him predictable.

Something I have seen recently with these rough, physical fighters recently is that they crowd their opponent with out firing first. They won't even give a feint or fire a lazy jab. Porter and Bika did a lot of that. If you want to do the phone booth type of fighting, look at some tape of B-Hop. He fires a shot you have to defend and before you can reset your hands he is on top of you.

stormcentre says:

[QUOTE=The Good Doctor;61750]I thought Porter would smoke him and boy was I wrong. Maybe I saw a bit of different fight from everyone else, but I did not think it was that close.

Porter fought a dumb fight and Brook took advantage of that. He reminded me a little of Donaire against Rigo in which he spent way too much time lunging and trying to get the kill shot. In addition, he did not deviate from that strategy much which made him predictable.

Something I have seen recently with these rough, physical fighters recently is that they crowd their opponent with out firing first. They won't even give a feint or fire a lazy jab. Porter and Bika did a lot of that. If you want to do the phone booth type of fighting, look at some tape of B-Hop. He fires a shot you have to defend and before you can reset your hands he is on top of you.[/QUOTE]

You're right – controlling and using distance correctly can be, and is often is, a lost art.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=The Good Doctor;61750]I thought Porter would smoke him and boy was I wrong. Maybe I saw a bit of different fight from everyone else, but I did not think it was that close.

Porter fought a dumb fight and Brook took advantage of that. He reminded me a little of Donaire against Rigo in which he spent way too much time lunging and trying to get the kill shot. In addition, he did not deviate from that strategy much which made him predictable.

Something I have seen recently with these rough, physical fighters recently is that they crowd their opponent with out firing first. They won't even give a feint or fire a lazy jab. Porter and Bika did a lot of that. If you want to do the phone booth type of fighting, look at some tape of B-Hop. He fires a shot you have to defend and before you can reset your hands he is on top of you.[/QUOTE]

That's an excellent analysis. Porter did think he would physically be able to maul Brook and land some big fight changing shots when charging inside. He never got away from trying to land a big shot and never altered his game plan any to adjust for Brook's style.

I didn't hear much of what was said in the corner but I do wonder if Porter needs to think about bringing in a more experienced trainer. I suspect that not much instruction on how to adjust to Brook was given in between rounds. A more experienced cornerman may have been able to pick up more on what Brook was doing and offered some suggestions for Porter to adjust. What I saw was a fighter who didn't have a plan B and kept trying to do the same thing that wasn't working from the start of the fight.

So what could Porter have done differently? Well for one change the way you charge inside. As the Good Doctor points out, throw some feints out there. Adjust your angles and timing when you come forward. And sometimes throw to land and not try to hit the homerun everytime. Finally and most importantly, do not accept clinches. Porter should have been trying to work when Brook was holding, try to slip the clinches and do anything to make Brook uncomfortable and possibly force the refs hand. But Porter accepted the clinches without trying to do anything about it and unfortunately for him that gave Brook his best chance to prevail.