Shawn Porter stopped Andre Berto in nine rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday. His victory makes him the mandatory challenger for the WBC welterweight belt and sets up a likely rematch with unified champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman.
The build up to the fight promised much. Porter possesses an all action style that may lack finesse, but is backed up by undoubted athletic prowess.
Berto too is rarely in a boring fight. A fan favourite for many years, his wars against the likes of Ortiz and Guerrero cemented his legacy long ago.
As to be expected, the bout was grueling from the first bell. Porter was a bundle of energy from the outset. Cutting off the ring with perpetual forward motion and stifling Berto with a barrage of body shots from the outset.
Porter’s early salvo quickly paid dividends as he dropped Berto in the second round.Although by the close of the round accidental headbutts, brought on primarily by Porter’s aggressive toe to toe style, began to take their toll on both fighters.
Although clashes to the head continued to feature frequently, it was Porter’s constant pressure to the body that began to truly wear Berto down. By the ninth round Berto was on shaky feet. Capitalising on a further clash of head, Porter connected with a vicious hook that downed Berto for a second time.