Shawn Porter becomes Keith Thurman’s mandatory challenger following his ninth round technical knockout over Andre Berto.
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By Lyle Fitzsimmons. Badou Jack is hungry. Not simply in a career-advancement sort of way, though. Oh sure, the Swedish 33-year-old now living in Las Vegas hopes a Saturday night duel with fellow super middleweight title claimant James DeGale ends with an extra trinket in the trophy case. But when his 36 (or fewer) minutes of labor are done at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, clearing out an extra display shelf won’t be the only thing on his mind.
“I’ve been on this meal plan for six months now, almost, so I’m craving some carbs,” said Jack, who’s enlisted the help of fitness guru Mackie Shilstone to make sure Friday’s weigh-in is drama free. “I’m a professional athlete, so I’m supposed to do that. But when you do it for a long time you want all the fast food and all the good stuff. After the fight I’m going to eat good.”
We want to congratulate Shawn Porter on a great fight this past Saturday, June 25th, 2016, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Alexander vs Porter results: Shawn Porter upsets Devon Alexander to win IBF welterweight title
It was clear early on that Shawn Porter had a chance, and as the fight wore on, even though Porter tired, and even though Devon Alexander did find some success here and there, Porter clawed and overcame any adversity, ultimately winning the fight and his first world title.
Porter took Alexander’s IBF title tonight on unanimous decision scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112. BLH had it 116-112 for Porter.
Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO) shook up the defending titleholder early in the fight, and had Alexander (25-2, 14 KO) in a position where he had to simply survive in the second round. Porter couldn’t keep up the killer pace that he held in the first four or five rounds, but when the fight may have been getting close in the middle rounds, it was Porter who emerged from the eighth round on as the man controlling the action.
It’s a big blow for Alexander, who was hoping for a flashy win tonight to possibly throw him into the Mayweather Sweepstakes for Floyd’s next date on May 3, 2014. It seemed to me that he may have been taking an approach where he was looking to impress before just win, and that might have cost him some early rounds, getting him busted up some in the process, and giving Porter crucial confidence in his first major fight. By the end, Porter sealed the deal, and a lot of people watching on TV via Twitter and our live thread had it even wider than the 8-4 cards two of the judges had, that I had as well.
The Boxing Voice’s own, Sean Zittel, was able to catch up with the strength and conditioning coach of top ranked welterweight, Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), Larry Wade.
Larry has been in Porter’s camp for several fights, and while getting the chance to talk with “Coach Wade” we were able to pick his brain about the anticipated June 20th match up between Porter and former 3 division world champion, Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs). Larry also gives us his insight on the possible injury Manny Pacquiao suffered in fighting Floyd Mayweather earlier this month. Broner-Porter will be televised live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on June 20th.