Porter-Berto: A Chance At Redemption
April 20, 2017
BROOKLYN, NY - This Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) will face former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs). The bout will be a WBC title eliminator with the winner becoming the next in line to take on WBA/WBC unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOS).
Both Porter and Berto are coming off of long layoffs before they meet each other in the ring. Porter hasn’t fought since last June and was out of the ring for another year since meeting Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) in June 2015. Ring rust may be a concern for the Ohio native, but his training regimen keeps him in shape year round.
Berto has been more inactive than Porter as he has fought just once a year for the majority of the last five years. 2015 was the only year, Berto fought twice when he faced Josesito Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs). It’s been almost a full year since Berto last fought in April 2016 when he got revenge against Victor Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KOs) in stopping him in the fourth round.
In this welterweight era, Berto at 33 years of age is arguably fighting in a new era of fighters. In 2008, Berto won the vacant WBC welterweight title. Around that time Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather were at the top of the division. Unfortunately, Berto wasn’t able to face either man until 2015. Losses to fighters like Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero, and Jesus Soto Karass along with injuries caused Berto to be sidelined as a contender to be the top welterweight. While Pacquiao is still around as the WBO welterweight champion, there is a new crop of welterweights for Berto to fight to reclaim a spot at the top of the division.
Looking at Berto’s resume a victory over Porter would be the biggest of his career. A win for Porter over Berto is a stepping-stone to get back in the ring with the man he considers to be his greatest rival. Although Porter has two losses one to Thurman and the other to Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs), there is only one person Porter wants to step back in the ring against.
Porter-Berto looks to be an exciting fight giving both men an opportunity to get back to the top of the welterweight division.
(Feature Photo: Ed Diller/Dibella Entertainment)