BRONER-PORTER ON NBC SATURDAY NIGHT

PEACOCK NETWORK AIRS PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
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San Francisco, CAAl Haymon and his Premier Boxing Champions have fueled a renaissance of boxing here in the United States, something the “Boxing Establishment” is aghast over. But at the end of the day, did any of the elite promoters, outside of Kathy Duva, try and place professional boxing back on Network TV? No, there were instead making zillions on PPV. Case closed, out with the old and in with the new and that means NBC boxing Saturday prime time with a five star main event.

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Adrien Broner ( 30-1, 22 KOs) of Cincinnati, OH is considered one of the game’s better technicians and was headed for a mega pay day with Floyd Mayweather before Marcos Maidana canceled his ticket by upsetting Broner. Standing across and looking to get a piece of Broner is also once beaten (25-1-1, 16 KOs) Sean Porter, who dropped his “0” and the IBF 147 lb. diadem to Kell Brook (34-0, 24 KOs) on points in 2014.

HAYMON MATCHES HIS GUYS VS. ONE ANOTHER

Both Broner and Porter are clients of advisor Al Haymon, the Harvard guy that put together $400 million with the sole intent of making boxing more mainstream, a feat he has accomplished by putting a number of cards on NBC, CBS, Tru TV, Spike TV and soon ESPN. Haymon purchases airtime from the networks and hopes to become chummy with the Nielsen ratings, and in time have networks and advertisers giving him airtime and advertising dollars.

BOLD MOVE TOOK BRAINS, GUTS AND $400 MILLION

Main Event’s Kathy Duva tried buying some NBC airtime years ago. Unfortunately her stable was a little light when it came to pugilistic thoroughbreds, thus she couldn’t make a go of it. Why the “Boxing Establishment” put a “Hit” out on “Big Al” and his Premier Boxing Champions in the form of the Assn. of Boxing Commissions asking the Justice Dept. to look under Big Al’s skirt.

BOXING ESTABLISHMENT MAD AS AL PAYS FIGHTERS MORE!

They claim that he is violation of the Muhammad Ali Act in that he is acting both as a promote and a manager, something the law that was watered down by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, says this is not allowed. There must be two different parties in the roles of “promoter and manager.” Haymon says he is an advisor, and yet Premier Boxing Champions walks, talks and operates like a promoter. The ABC is asking the “G” to go along with their assertions and dismantle PBC for violating Federal law.

CONGRESS HEARING IS HAYMON’S “VICTORY” PARTY

When the ABC brings Haymon to trial or before Congress for a hearing, Al will have every fighter he’s got testify that they are making more money with Al, way more, than they could have elsewhere. Haymon can call Bob Arum of Top Rank as a “hostile” character witness and Arum will be asked, “Did you say that Haymon is paying his fighter’s ridiculous purses,” or something to that effect. Arum would squirm and twist, but eventually he’s have to say that he did!

ARUM COULD BE “BIG AL’S” BEST WITNESS

Haymon takes a flat 10% from his clients as an “advisor.” If you were with Arum, you might be giving up 33% to a manager and have the promoter taking his cut, all the while still having to pay your trainer and taxes. If this gets to Congress, all of these fighters that Haymon is appeasing with fat purses, the boxers and people like Arum will illustrate that the fistic Laborers are happier and getting paid more with Haymon. Case closed, again.

BACK TO THE BRONER-PORTER SKIRMISH

Although Porter has fought as a jr. middle (154), Broner was “chubby” previously at welterweight (147). Cross state rival Porter, who hails from Cleveland can be exploited by speed and combination punching as Brook illustrated, Broner will look to (and need to) stay off of the ropes as Shawn will be looking to “work both hands” up and down vs. a stationary target. And instead of admiring his flashy fists, Broner needs to make this all about his left jab. If he can’t, decision Porter.

SPENCE IN “TOUGH ON PAPER” UNDERNEATH

Errol Spence Jr. is a slick southpaw who most fighters would like to avoid. At 16-0, 13 whacks, Spence is supposed to be tested Saturday by the far more experienced Roberto Garcia (37-3, 23 stops). As was Broner-Porter, Spence-Garcia is a Texas rivalry pitting Dallas vs. Houston. Garcia matches up well in every department except age (35 to 25) and speed. And as we know the vast majority of the time, “Speed” kills in boxing and I’m going with the speed and the pedigree of Spence to prevail.

Pedro Fernandez

Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman and four-time Golden Gloves champion. Comments regarding this submission can be left below under the advertising.

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BRONER-PORTER ON NBC SATURDAY NIGHT

7 comments

  • Good thing the judges got it right in the broner vs porter fight… Weeks should’ve taken points away for holding much earlier and we could’ve had a more exciting fight….the best fight I saw last night was at a bar…on Box azteca Emanual “Pollo” Lopez vs Rolando “Tractor” Giono….now that was a good scrap…

  • If the weight drain doesn’t sap Porter of his strength and stamina I think Porter will walk right through Broner. Problem is that the re-hydration clause (Porter can’t come in the ring above 154) may be the nail in Porters coffin. I’m tired of the catch weights from everybody including Mayweather, Pac, Cotto, Garcia, and anybody else. If you can’t reach the maximum weight in your division then drop down a division; it’s as simple as that. Sugar Ray Robinson almost won the light heavyweight championship if it wasn’t for exhaustion; and he weighed in at 157.5 which was well under the 175 pound limit.

  • At 144 I expect Broner to win convincingly. This is 20lbs (!!) less than Porter fought early in his career. OK , Porter was never a true Middleweight and that phase was a product of his late start and transitioning from the physical culture of football to one more appropriate for boxing.

    But still Porter is a thick, muscular guy who’s probably at his best at 154 but his lack of length and average speed necessitated the move to 147.

    My friends think Porter is a bad match for Broner, believing him to be both technically & athletically superior the Marcos Maidana that beat Broner.

    I don’t see it the same way. I think Porter’s “better – or rather more conventional technique & punch delivery will be easier for Broner to defend without the quirks & uniqueness of Maidana’s punching style,

    Porter would need strong legs & a deep gas tank to overcome the matchup, but I believe the weight issue will take this away from him by the mid-way point of the fight. He might even be ripe for the stoppage if Broner is up for trying.

    If Broner can’t beat a 144lb Porter convincingly I would consider it a major fail,

  • Had a daydream the other day that in offense to the 144 catchweight demand, Porter decides to come in at 147 anyway, daring all sides to scuttle the card at the last minute. which I suspect they wouldn’t do. So fight goes ahead and Porter lays a beating on Broner that gets over big with the TV audience. Would this doublecross leave Haymon vindictive enough to put Porter in the dog house?

    We’ll probably never know cause I don’t see Porter as the type of guy to deal in bad faith, nor the type to risk getting blacklisted over such a thing.

  • Garcia has pulled out due to weight. Main event looks like a great fight with the edge going to Broner imo.

  • and no mention of catchweight to drain porter….reminds me
    of the movie Gladiator, where Joaquin agrees to fight Crowe in the arena
    but stabs him first!

  • so Al is breaking the law? he is in fact promotor/manager
    who is promoting the broner fight? msayweather promotions?

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