Two seasoned fighters face off in a high stakes match – an eliminator for the WBC welterweight title held by Keith Thurman. ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter takes on Andre Berto at the Barclays center in Brooklyn, New York City on April 22nd.
Since linking up with 2011 trainer of the year Virgil Hunter in his Oakland, Calif.-area gym, Berto has revived his career at the top echelon of the sport.
Rewind 5 fights back to the AT&T Center, San Antonio in July of 2013 and it looked as though Berto’s time amongst the elite fighters of the sport may be coming to an end, after he was stopped by the gritty, fringe world level campaigner, Jesus Soto Karass in the twelfth and final round.
However, a brilliant stoppage victory over ‘Riverside Rocky’ Josesito lopez in 2015 opened the door for him to fight Floyd Mayweather in September of the same year. He was outboxed and couldn’t land on the elusive Mayweather although this certainly is no blot on his record considering nobody has managed to come close to beating him.
Next followed a rematch against his bitter rival Victor Ortiz who he had previously lost to via a unanimous decision at Foxwoods in 2011 in a scintillating fight ram packed full of drama and knockdowns. Berto earned his revenge though with a fourth round KO in the rematch.
Berto is chisled like a greco roman statue, his haitian heritage blessing him with top physical attributes, but he has been working hard to develop his mentality and ringcraft under Hunter. However by nature he is an aggressive fighter.
I certainly dont think either fighter will have trouble finding the other and both have power so I am expecting a really entertaining fight.
This is a fight of great magnitude for Shawn Porter too because he is looking to bounce back from a close loss to ‘One time’ Keith Thurman. If he can beat Berto he will be in line for a rematch with Thurman. Porter has showed that he is teak tough, he is physically as strong as an ox and is very adept on the front foot.
He steps into range behind a power jab extremely effectively and works well on the inside often out hustling his opponents as he backs them onto the ropes. Berto won’t want to be caught loitering on the ropes against Porter, its a real danger zone for any fighter.
Similar to Berto, Porter is an elite physical specimen. Against Thurman who is one of the biggest hitters in the game he showed that he has a granite chin taking some of his best shots and returning fire with as good as he got.
Although Porter has been marginally shaded by Brook and Thurman he has proved without a shadow of a doubt he is in the top few fighters at 147lbs. He has never been soundly dealt with. For this reason I would edge towards Porter. I think he will edge the scoring in the exchanges and Berto may fatigue earlier than Porter due to his relentlessness.
However this is a really good match up and on paper has potential to develop into a real exciting fight. Both need little encouragement to let their hands go.