Shawn Porter says negotiations are underway for a fight against Kell Brook
May 07 2014 4:29 PM
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IBF welterweight Champion, Shawn Porter talks about his recent win over Paulie Malignaggi, his next fight which must likely will be against Kell Brook in July and the possibility of him fighting Keith Thurman at some point.

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The Commish says:

This one should be a heckuva fight. Yet, whatever Brook can do, I think Porter can do better. I still look at Porter as the guy who will hand $$$May his first–and only–career loss.

-Randy G.

El Dude says:

Shawn Porter is a true reflection of the character of this Gentlemen Sport of Boxing. I would like to see this humble Warrior of Thunder face of with the “1” like no other, the Future of Boxing Keith “1 X” Thurman. Sit back relax and just contemplate that fight. Kell Brook like all others are hungry and are on a mission to the top who's punches hit hard as flying bricks but for Porter all he see is a Brick Wall in his way that he knows he can climb. Keith vs Khan and the winner vs the victor of Brook vs Shawn.
by El Dude.

Skibbz says:

This could be a potential FOTY. Finally Brook gets his shot at a world title, but he's up against a hungry lion in Porter. Can't pick a winner, so i'm going with the Champ to defend it successfully. Looking forward to a great fight.

oubobcat says:

Even before Porter destroyed Malignaggi, I thought a potential fight with Brook would be easy work for Porter.

I see Brook as a solid fighter. He has decent power and okay hand speed. He has good skills in the ring and is able to handle the B to C level fighters without much issue.

But I don't see that Brook does any one thing that particularly stands out. He doesn't wow you with his punching power. He doesn't have ultra fast hands. His jab is not thudding and his punches aren't laser sharp.

I also see that Brook likes to fight at his pace and be in control of things. He likes to work behind the jab and work his combinations off at a distance. He doesn't like pressure and doesn't feel comfortable fighting on the inside.

What does Porter do best? Porter pressures and pressures relentlessly as of late. He will make Brook fight a fight that Brook is not comfortable fighting. He will keep coming and not just lay back on the outside as so many Brook opponents have done. I don't think that Brook has the power either to make Porter think twice about constantly bringing the fight to him.

One other thing, Porter is fighting very confident at the moment. Brook has never faced this level of opponent and who knows where his confidence level will be when he enters the ring. I see easy work for Porter and another impressive knockout win.

deepwater2 says:

If Khan can't get Mayweather next ,why not Brook? If Groves and Carl can have 80,000 at Wembley why not a huge turnout for a domestic fight between Khan and Brook.

The Good Doctor says:

[QUOTE=deepwater2;51760]If Khan can't get Mayweather next ,why not Brook? If Groves and Carl can have 80,000 at Wembley why not a huge turnout for a domestic fight between Khan and Brook.[/QUOTE]

I have wondered the same for a while. I think Khan can beat Brook in an entertaining fight, a fight that will add to his credibility, and he could make some decent cake for doing it. I think this might be his best option unless Brook and Porter does come off. I get the feeling that Floyd is not going to entertain Khan yet so it is possible Amir could be left out in the cold……….again.

Skibbz says:

I don't think it has the needle to do 80k, but there are venues in the north they could fill with ease. It depends what Eddie can do. Brook has to have a great showing whatever the outcome vs Porter. Maybe if he loses he can face an american name stateside. If he takes the W he could bring Khan to the table for the belt.

Make no mistake about it, Brook is a terrifically well skilled fighter and he will give most 147'ers a run for their money. I think Porter will have his work cut out trying to bull rush because Brook will step up and challenge him.

It's going to be a good scrap, two young and hungry fighters scrapping over a belt. One determined to stamp his claim firmly on the strap, the other looking to get his hands on a belt and start building high on the firm foundations his team have built him. Not one to miss.

flackoguapo says:

I had floor seats when Shawn porter fought Alfonzo Gomez at the HP on the undercard of GuerreovsAydin. . And let me say this, this dude looks like a different fighter. I just was not impressed with him that night. He looked very stiff, It was a sloppy fight and both guys seemed tired AF by the 4th round. He seems to be in way better shape, and his punches are looking sharp and crispy. I think now he has the confidence to go for the knockout on the big stage and before he seemed to not throw with such bad intentions. SP seems like a real genuinely nice and laid back guy and I think he might have had a lot of nervous energy in his other fights before the Alexander fight. He seems more relaxed now and his punches are showing that. I saw Brook struggle with Carson Jones, and he was very limited. I like SP by mid to lateTKO on the very untested Speacial K Brook.

Skibbz says:

[QUOTE=flackoguapo;52176]I had floor seats when Shawn porter fought Alfonzo Gomez at the HP on the undercard of GuerreovsAydin. . And let me say this, this dude looks like a different fighter. I just was not impressed with him that night. He looked very stiff, It was a sloppy fight and both guys seemed tired AF by the 4th round. He seems to be in way better shape, and his punches are looking sharp and crispy. I think now he has the confidence to go for the knockout on the big stage and before he seemed to not throw with such bad intentions. SP seems like a real genuinely nice and laid back guy and I think he might have had a lot of nervous energy in his other fights before the Alexander fight. He seems more relaxed now and his punches are showing that. I saw Brook struggle with Carson Jones, and he was very limited. I like SP by mid to lateTKO on the very untested Speacial K Brook.[/QUOTE]

Brook needs the fighter opposite to bring the best out in him. Carson was tricky for him and he never really got into full flow in either fight, even though in the second fight he got jones tko'd. Brook's fought a few good opponents, a big bunch of cabbies and 2 or 3 bags. Against the brass he never looks great, but when you've got something a bit closer to silver then he starts to look better.

Against Porter… I think it's going to be close with rounds potentially going in the book for either guy. It'll go the distance so keep an eye on the judges. I think Brook will shell up when Porter rushes him on the ropes but he's got the footwork, hand speed and power to catch Porter and give his check a proper look in. Looking forward

flackoguapo says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;52199]Brook needs the fighter opposite to bring the best out in him. Carson was tricky for him and he never really got into full flow in either fight, even though in the second fight he got jones tko'd. Brook's fought a few good opponents, a big bunch of cabbies and 2 or 3 bags. Against the brass he never looks great, but when you've got something a bit closer to silver then he starts to look better.

Against Porter… I think it's going to be close with rounds potentially going in the book for either guy. It'll go the distance so keep an eye on the judges. I think Brook will shell up when Porter rushes him on the ropes but he's got the footwork, hand speed and power to catch Porter and give his check a proper look in. Looking forward[/QUOTE]

Maybe I'm overlooking Brook?. What are some of his better fights against decent opposition? I think he is athletic and in shape with good skills, Skibbz. But I think he will take too much time to adjust to Porter who is not limited and comes to hurt you.

oubobcat says:

I don't think your are overlooking Brook, I have never been very impressed myself. He has skills but everything seems ordinary. He doesn't do anything that stands out and has some major defensive flaws. Brook has been very carefully matched so far in his career and is literally going from the wading pool to the deep end of the ocean against Porter. I believe this is an easy fight for Porter and Brook will end up drowning when he gets into the ocean.

Skibbz says:

The thing is Porter is tailor made for Brook. These are facts. The only thing that could hamper Brook's chance is that he gets caught in the headlights… After fighting 32 cans and to finally get your shot against a champion it might make some people stumble. I have faith though that Brook will keep his composure and handle his business well. Let's not forget he's got WBO+WBA intercontinental straps & he's the former British Champ.

Both is fights with Carson Jones are worth a watch. The first bout Brook took his foot off the gas after banking the early rounds and made a tough night for himself. The rematch he improved a lot and got his man out of there. The Senchenko fight was a good performance, so was Saldivia fight. His fight vs Kevin Mcintyre is short but shows his good spots, although it's a bit old.

He's been chasing a Khan fight for over 4 years now and Khan's been sidestepping him. Khan beat him in the amateurs but that doesn't mean much in the pro's really.

Skibbz says:

[QUOTE=oubobcat;52355]I don't think your are overlooking Brook, I have never been very impressed myself. He has skills but everything seems ordinary. He doesn't do anything that stands out and has some major defensive flaws. Brook has been very carefully matched so far in his career and is literally going from the wading pool to the deep end of the ocean against Porter. I believe this is an easy fight for Porter and Brook will end up drowning when he gets into the ocean.[/QUOTE]

You're right and wrong. Carefully matched…? Yes. Doesn't do anything that stands out…? No. He doesn't flash the quality to a bin man so you won't have seen his best in the Pro's, but he's a stand out amateur and in the pro's he hasn't disappointed. He's been hit, and he's been hurt. But how many boxers go 32-0 without that happening? Porter is made for Brook. I don't think it's an easy fight for either fighter and they're both going to find themselves in the trenches… This one will go all the way and the victor will be the one who wants it the most.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;52357]You're right and wrong. Carefully matched…? Yes. Doesn't do anything that stands out…? No. He doesn't flash the quality to a bin man so you won't have seen his best in the Pro's, but he's a stand out amateur and in the pro's he hasn't disappointed. He's been hit, and he's been hurt. But how many boxers go 32-0 without that happening? Porter is made for Brook. I don't think it's an easy fight for either fighter and they're both going to find themselves in the trenches… This one will go all the way and the victor will be the one who wants it the most.[/QUOTE]

I just re-watched some Brook fights. Here is what I see…

Brook has a solid jab. He also has a pretty good right hand that carries some snap. Those are his two best punches.

He seems very mechanical to me in the ring. It appears he does a lot of thinking about what he should be doing and things don't come natural to him in the ring.

I don't see anything on tape that really stands out. He has a solid jab and solid right hand. But they don't stand out either. His hand speed is okay. His lateral movement is okay. His power is okay.

Brook has some major defensive flaws. I think this is do to the fact his competition has been meager and he has been allowed to get away with these mistakes without paying a major price. What are these flaws? When he jabs, he pulls his left back very slow. He is open for a right hand. He does not move his head. Not one bit. He avoids punches by moving his legs and often times pulling straight back with his hands down. He can't do that against a fighter the level of Porter who will follow him when he pulls straight back and punish him.

Brook also is comfortable when a fight is fought as his range and pace and not comfortable when he is pressured. Brook does not like being pressured and fighting on the inside. He is a bad inside fighter when pressed as well.

I just see Brook as easy work for Porter. Porter will pressure Brook and make him feel uncomfortable from round one. Brook does not do anything extraordinarily well that will deter Porter. And mark my words, Porter will make Brook pay for his defensive flaws. I see a relatively early (4th or 5th round) TKO win for Porter in a fight he dominates from the opening bell.

The Commish says:

As of today, the Porter-Brook fight still has not been signed. However, I hear it's getting close. C'mon, guys, let's get it done. This truly can be a FOTY candidate.

Sign already!

-Randy G.

The Good Doctor says:

I think that Porter can win this fight but I do think it will be competitive. The mystery point in all of this is the fighters chin. This will easily be the most heavy handed opponent that either has faced. I don't think that Kell is some behemoth of power but he easily hits harder than Paulie or Alexander. Porter will be light years the puncher that Kell has seen. If Kell has enough sting in his punches to back Porter up or even slow him down it can become very interesting as most pressure fighters do not adjust well. They typically have a come forward style and that's about it.

brownsugar says:

Brooks can box beautifully at times and carries decent pop. If Porter lays back and tries to fitness him … It could be a long night. Porter does have the better stamina. His best approach is the turn the fight into a brawling scrap the way he did during his last two fights… Also the fact that Brooks seems to be outgrowing the division may also be a deciding factor.
Make no mistake…Brooks is no bum… He is skilled…dangerous and usually entertaining to watch.. When these two meet expect to see some serious fireworks.
I like Porters work ethic…and think it will be the deciding factor in a close scrap.

Skibbz says:

I agree Suges Porter has the better engine. Sometimes Brook gets too ahead of himself and gets tired too quick. That being said he's going to come into this bout in supreme shape with all his tools sharp. I don't believe Porter will look past Brook… But I don't think they understand the threat he poses, as a good friend of mine said. Team Porter after their two underwhelming displays against Diaz… Will look toward bulldozing their way through the Brit. Fortunately for us this side of the pond… That fits perfectly in the designs Brook has for him.

Looking forward to this!!

amayseng says:

Porter is a fighter to the true definition in the ring and a humble, exceptional human being out of it.

Broner, this is what a young man should be.

Porter conducts himself with humility, dignity and respect. He is what young kids should be looking up to in terms of an athlete or idol.

I am behind Porter and support all his challenges in boxing and life.

Skibbz says:

[QUOTE=amayseng;52398]Porter is a fighter to the true definition in the ring and a humble, exceptional human being out of it.

Broner, this is what a young man should be.

Porter conducts himself with humility, dignity and respect. He is what young kids should be looking up to in terms of an athlete or idol.

I am behind Porter and support all his challenges in boxing and life.[/QUOTE]

I really like Porter for the way he conducts himself too. He helps define what it means to be a champion in many ways through his actions outside of the ring. His actions inside the ring are no less worthy of praise, I am looking forward to seeing how far he takes his career.