CLEVELAND, Ohio — Northeast Ohio’s Shawn Porter returns for the ring on April 22 in the Barclays Center against fellow welterweight Andre Berto.
The fight is scheduled for SHOWTIME.
Not only does each fighter really need a signature win nevertheless the victor may get a bout against WBA/WBC champion Keith Thurman. It would be a rematch for Porter, who lost a very close decision to Thurman last June.
A loss by either fighter would produce a major setback. Porter (26-2-1) is 29. Berto (31-4) is 33. That means the loser could permanently get left out of the title chase.
Porter is 2-2 in their last four fights. He lost his IBF title to Kell Brook in 2014, then consecutive victories over Erick Bone and Adrien Broner. Thurman defeated Porter in the most recent fight.
Berto lost three of his last six fights. He lost by TKO to Jesus Soto Karass in 2013 but he responded with consecutive victories. It earned him a bout against Floyd Mayweather in September of 2015, Mayweather’s last fight, nevertheless the result of that fight was Berto’s third decrease of his career. He followed by purchasing a KO over Victor Ortiz last April, which avenged his loss to Ortiz next year.
Porter is looking forward on the fight.
“I’m not looking past Andre Berto; I respect him like a man along with a fighter,” said Porter on the press conference recently. “We’re friends. But just like when I fought Keith Thurman, all is here the business and becoming that title.”
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WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is giving middleweight champion Triple G until Friday to sign for just a unification fight.
Filmmaker Ken Burns signs to accomplish a documentary on Muhammad Ali.
Talks underway for just a fight between Triple G and Canelo Alvarez.
Oscar De La Hoya wants Mayweather to address Canelo Alvarez.
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