Shawn Porter stops Andre Berto in rugged war

Shawn Porter stops Andre Berto in rugged war

April 23, 2017


Shawn Porter stands over Andre Berto after scoring a knockdown. Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

Shawn Porter stands over Andre Berto after scoring a knockdown. Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

Brooklyn, NY – Last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY fans were witness to an exciting yet ugly affair that saw Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) stop Andre Berto (31-5, 24 KOs) in the ninth round. Porter is now the mandatory for WBA/WBC unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman’s (28-0, 22 KOs) WBC title. 

The fight was far from pretty as after the first round Porter imposed his will on Berto taking him against the ropes to unload power shots. In the second round, Porter scored a knockdown with a right hand during an exchange. The proximity of the fight was fought at a close distance, and this caused head butts to play a major factor. Porter was cut in the second round from head butts. 

In the fourth round, Berto started landing some good uppercuts on the inside. Porter, however, kept his composure and continued to outwork Berto. There were several times during the fight where Porter landed a right hand that forced Berto against the ropes. 

The eighth round was especially brutal as Porter threw and landed a barrage of body shots on Berto. The end of the fight came in the ninth round after another headbutt hurt Berto that allowed Porter to score another knockdown. Porter took advantage and forced the stoppage by constantly throwing punches at Berto. 

After the fight, Porter and Berto spoke with Showtime’s Jim Gray regarding the fight and some of the head butts that occurred. 

Shawn Porter lands a left hook on Andre Berto against the ropes. Photo: BigioShotYa

Shawn Porter lands a left hook on Andre Berto against the ropes. Photo: BigioShotYa

“I gotta clean up those headbutts. Honestly, that’s something that we’ve been saying since I turned pro. We don’t want to come straight in. We try to use the whole ring and work on angles, things of that nature. Sometimes in the heat of the battle, I’m a fighter, and Mr. Berto is a fighter as well. So those head clashes was nothing but us fighting and going at it and doing the best we could to win.”
— Shawn Porter
“I gotta give him credit. He’s a rough fighter. He has great skills, but at the same time he’s gonna be rough and try to handle you anyway he can. I got a lot of head butts and he did too. Shawn’s a tough competitor, and so is his father. We had a very good and competitive fight until the head butts. It got a little bit too much for me. It started shaking me up a little bit. It was a really good fight before that.”
— Andre Berto

The focus is now on a potential rematch between Thurman and Porter. The first meeting between the two men is more than enough of an infomercial to promote the rematch. Thurman was at the Barclays Center to see the fight between Porter and Berto allowing both men to give their thoughts on a rematch. 

“He is my mandatory. His team they were adamant about getting the rematch and know they fought themselves in position for the rematch. They truly deserve it. It’s nothing but sitting down with Al Haymon and making the fight happen. At the end of the day, I wear that red, white, and blue. So, I look forward to Spence bringing that belt back home and creating more opportunities for the welterweight division. Your boy, Keith “One Time” Thurman is at the top, and I’m willing to fight everybody. “
— Keith Thurman
“Man, I was just up here wishing he was going to say yes. That’s the fight I want next. He kinda did, he said a whole bunch of words. I didn’t understand them. Hopefully, I’ll see you soon. And I can guarantee you everybody at their house is screaming at the TV that’s what they want too.”
— Shawn Porter
Jermell Charlo lands a left jab to the body on Charles Hatley. Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

Jermell Charlo lands a left jab to the body on Charles Hatley. Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

The main undercard bout of the telecast saw Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) successfully defend his WBC 154-pound championship against Charles Hatley (26-2-1, 18 KOs). Charlo may have been inspired by his brother’s performance against Julian Williams last December as he quickly imposed the effectiveness of his jab and right hand. 

In the third round, Charlo scored a knockdown with a beautifully timed right hand. It was only a matter of time from there as Charlo ended the fight with a brutal knockout in the sixth round with a right hand that put Hatley to sleep. 

The victory was impressive enough for fans to want to see Charlo take on the other champions in the 154-pound division. After this performance, Charlo would be even money against in his division.   


(Feature Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime)

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