Shawn Porter stops Andre Berto in rugged war
April 23, 2017
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.
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.
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)