The much-anticipated bout, Adrien “The Problem” Broner, was no problem for “Showtime” Shawn Porter on Saturday night, June 20. The Broner vs. Porter boxing match was the main event on a terrific fight card that kicked off the boxing this Father’s Day weekend live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) televised on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. The other main boxing match on the card was one between the unbeaten 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. vs. Phil Lo Greco. Roberto Garcia had been scheduled to fight Spence, but pulled out of the match due to personal reasons.
Porter had to agree to weighing in at 144 pounds in order to get Broner to fight him. He made the weight, but he has said that he thinks that Broner wanted him to drop to 144 from around 147 because he though Porter would be easier to beat and weaker. Porter insisted that he felt as strong as ever, though, and he believed that he will win the fight. Some people are calling the bout “The Battle of Ohio,” as both Porter and Broner are natives of the state.
Sugar Ray Leonard was one of the commentators on the boxing tonight. The first boxing match on Saturday June 20 from the MGM Grand on PBC on NBC was Spence against “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco. Spence had not been sure who he would fight three days ago, but he was confident at the start of the night that he would get the win.
Lo Greco, 30, lost to Shawn Porter, the only loss on his record. He had thought for a while that he might stop fighting. Later, he reconsidered his decision, and he stated he was glad to get this chance to fight on PBC on NBC and eventually get a title match.
Toronto-born Lo Greco was introduced first. He considered this fight to be his “golden opportunity.” He was in the red corner, wearing royal blue trunks
Spence Jr. was then introduced. He claims he was “not fazed” by the change in who he was going to be boxing. He was in the blue corner wearing black, red and gold trunks. The boxing match was scheduled for 10 rounds.
Round One: Spence Jr. was a southpaw, but Lo Greco has fought southpaws before, and is reportedly used to fighting them. Lo Greco come out aggressively, throwing his right hand often in the first round, but he did not connect with most of his punches. Spence spent most of the first round getting used to Lo Greco’s style, but he did throw a few punches of his own.
Round Two: Spence landed a few body blows early in the second round, managing to finally get inside the stiff left arm that Lo Greco had been trying to use to keep Spence at a distance. Spence kept attacking Lo Greco’s body, and backed him up into the ropes. In the center of the ring, Spence continued to pummel Lo Greco’s body, and got in a good punch to his jaw late in the round.
Round Three: Thirteen of Spence’s wins have come within the first four rounds, according to the announcers. Soon after that was said, Spence knocked Lo Greco down with a powerful right. However, Lo Greco got up, and seemed ticked off, and re-energized. He backed Spence up, taking the fight to him. Lo Greco’s legs were wobbly, though, and Spence got him back up into the ropes, punching his body repeatedly. The referee stopped the fight, and Spence remained unbeaten.
The fight was stopped at 1:50 into the third round. The winner was Spence Jr. by a TKO. He called lo Greco “a tough fighter.” He stated that “go to the body is always the game plan” Then, he said he “went upstairs to the head,” and he got his first knockdown against Lo Greco.
The second boxing match on PBC on NBC was Terrell Gausha vs. Luis Grajeda. It would be an eight round fight in the Junior Middleweight division. In the red corner wearing white-and-black was Grajeda. In the blue corner, from the 2012 Olympics, was Gausha, with black-and-gold trunks.
Round One: Both boxers came out throwing punches. The referee stopped the fight often, for a head butt early on, and for other reasons later. Though the boxers each landed some good punches, the round was close, and the flow kept getting interrupted by the ref stopping the fight.
Round Two: Grajeda got in a few good punches early into the round, but Gausha blocked most of them and countered with combinations of his own. Gausha was having success going to the body of Grajeda, and he landed a strong right to Grajeda’s head. The punch did not seem to hurt Grajeda, though, and both boxers made it to the end of the second round. Grajeda got in a good uppercut, as well, and he stayed very much in the fight.
Round Three: The third round, Gausha blocked punches from Grajeda. Gausha hit him with a powerful right, and knocked Grajeda down. The ref gave him an 8-count, and asked if he “was good” to continue on. Grajeda replied “Yes” and the round continued. Gausha hit Grajeda with another good right hand, but he did not get the KO he wanted quite yet.
Round Four: Grajeda came out at the start of the round trying to be as aggressive as ever, but Gausha kept on having success with landing body shots and occasionally rights to Grajeda’s head. Grajeda then landed a few body shots of his own, showing a lot of spirit and perseverance.
Round Five: Gausha came out strong, working his left jab, attempting to set up for his right hand. Gausha had seemed surprised that Grajeda had made a comeback from getting knocked down, but Gausha seemed to have adjusted to that by the fifth round. Both Gausha and Grajeda landed some punches during this round, but none seemed to have much affect on the other boxer.
Round Six: Gausha again led with his left hand, trying to set up his right. Grajeda was back in the fight, having survived Gausha’s earlier onslaught. Gausha ducked a few punches by Grajeda, who was looking to connect with shots to Gausha’s head to knock him out. Unofficially, the fight cards were showing that Gausha was winning each of the rounds, but Grajeda was giving a good showing of himself.
Round Seven: Grajeda had a little bit of momentum going into the seventh round. He looked like he was gaining more confidence. Gausha had more bounce to his step, but Grajeda was proving to be a stronger opponent than Gausha had anticipated.
Gausha was still landing twice as many “power punches” in comparison to Grajeda, though. With just one round to go, the only way that Grajeda could get the win would be by a KO.
Round Eight: Grajeda came out looking for a KO, but Gausha would have none of it. Early in the round, Grajeda controlled the tempo, but he was not landing many of his punches. Gausha threw some good combinations, but Grajeda lasted to the end of the round and the fight.
The fight was 78-73 on on card and 79-72 on the other two cards of the judges. By unanimous decision, the PBC on NBC boxing match was won by Gausha.
Next up was the main event, a welterweight bout, Broner vs. Porter. There were fireworks at their last press conference, when Broner talked about he should get paid twice, as he was fighting “two Porters,” not only Shawn but also his father, who was Shawn’s trainer. He said he will beat Porter then offer him a job and sign him up.
Porter said “it was not a problem” coming down in weight to fight Broner. He said that “there is power in stillness,” and during his fight, he will let his “hands do the talking.”
“Showtime” Shawn Porter made his way to the ring first. Black Sabbath’s Iron Man played as he entered the ring. He was wearing a red, blue and gold-colored robe.
Adrien “The Problem” Broner then entered the ring. He considers himself “the heir apparent” to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. He wore a white-and-gold robe. Both fighters had “re-hydrated” and were much heavier than they were at their weigh-in.
Porter was introduced first, fighting out of the red corner, he wore red, blue and gold trunks. “The Problem,” fighting out of the blue corner, had on white trunks trimmed with gold. Porter was positive he would solve “The Problem,” and that he would be no problem for him.
Round One: Broner led with his left hand, backing Porter up at the beginning of the first round. Neither boxer landed any punches for the first few seconds of the bout. Porter then rushed in on Broner, hitting his chin with a left hook, and wanting to end the fight quickly. The ref stopped the bout momentarily, and the fight continued. The boxers clenched up, then each threw a few good punches, but there was not much time left in the round.
Round Two: Porter had an impressive first round. Broner got in close and landed a few shots to Porter’s body. The boxers would clench, and the ref would stop the fight briefly a couple of times. Porter landed a couple of good body shots then, and a good right hand to his face. Porter backed “The Problem” up into the ropes.
Broner threw some good combinations, but not until toward the end of the second round. Both boxers were still going strong by the end of the second.
Round Three: Porter got in a few good body shots during yet another clench. Porter wanted to set the tempo. He backed “The Problem” up again. Porter got in some more body shots. Broner landed some punches, but he was not being nearly as aggressive so far, in comparison to Porter.
Round Four: Porter came in strongly on Broner, after “The Problem” suffered a slip. Porter tried to finish Broner off, but Broner kept getting Porter in clenches.
One announcer said the ref was “being too liberal with Broner,” letting him get away with too much. Still, even in the clenches, Porter would get his hands free and land body shots and occasionally a couple of head shots.
Round Five: Broner landed a good left but Porter backed “The Problem” up into the ropes again. Porter already has landed twice as many power punches, one of the announcers said. Porter had a “herky jerky” sort of movement that “The Problem” was having a difficult time figuring out. Porter rushed in on Broner again towards the final seconds, landing a couple of combinations.
Round Six: Porter’s dad said “He cannot hurt you,” before the start of the round. Porter landed a nice right hand, and both boxers were much more aggressive. Porter kept working Broner’s body, and “The Problem” clearly was uncomfortable and experiencing problems with Porter coming in closely on him. Broner got in a left to Porter’s face, but Porter still landed most of his punches, including a hard jab towards the end of Round Six.
Round Seven: Broner knew he had to start landing more of his punches, but Porter was as aggressive as ever, coming in on “The Problem.” Porter landed more body shots and he got in a good left jab to Broner’s face. “The Problem” landed a combination to Porter’s face, and a couple of body shots in the last few seconds. It was a closer round, but “Showtime” still landed more punches.
Round Eight: Porter got in quite a few body shots when Broner tried to clench him up again. Broner’s apparent strategy of preventing Porter from landing punches by getting him into clenches was not working, at all.
“Showtime” might not have been hurting “The Problem,” but he kept landing a higher percentage of his punches. Porter varied his attack, going to Broner’s body and landing a few punches after that to Broner’s face. Broner did land a couple of punches to Porter’s face, though.
Round Nine: Broner got warned by the ref again, when he tried to shove Porter with his left hand to Porter’s face. “The Problem” got back up again as Porter continued landed flurries of body shots. Broner landed some counter shots of his own, staying in the fight.
Round Ten: Porter kept coming in on Broner, still looking fresh. Broner landed a counter left hook to Porter’s face. Broner got hit by a strong left hand from Porter. Porter went to Broner’s ribs again, whenever Broner tried to hold onto him. Porter got in a good overhand right during the round, also.
Round Eleven: Porter has only been in two fights that have gone beyond Round Ten. Broner got in couple of combinations to Porter’s face, but Porter continued having success backing Broner up and landing body shots. Then, Porter got in a great right hand to Porter’s face close to the end of the round. The fight looked like it was all Porter’s to this point.
Round Twelve: Broner need a KO to win. He landed a very powerful left hook to Porter’s face, and the ref gave Porter a standing 8 count. Porter continued fighting, though Porter had gone down for the first time in his career. Porter backed “The Problem” up but back int the middle of the ring, Broner landed another left hand. Porter landed more body blows, and Broner kept on getting him in clenches. Broner got in a few good punches to Porter’s head at the end of the round, likely winning the round.
The first judge scored the bout 114-112, the second judge scored it 115-111, and the third judge scored the bout 118-108. By unanimous decision, Porter won the fight. Porter said that his dad “wanted a quicker pace,” so that was how he fought the fight. Porter’s dad said that “Shawn showed a champion’s heart by coming back after he knocked down.”
Broner said “Great champions can take a loss and a win.” He still talked about wanting to fight against anybody. “The Problem” came close to winning the boxing match by knocking Porter down in the twelfth, but Porter continued on and was declared the winner on all three of the judges’ score cards.
This Saturday night live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on PBC on NBC, Broner was no problem for Porter, as Porter got the victory by unanimous decision. The earlier fights were also action-packed, with Spence Jr. getting the win over Lo Greco with a TKO in the third round. Gausha had problems of his own, boxing Grajeda, but he eventually won by getting an unanimous decision by coming out ahead on all three of the judges’ score cards.
Written and Edited By Douglas Cobb
Photos Courtesy of Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions