Broner vs Porter set for June 20
- Updated: May 20, 2015
Adrien Broner is set to make a return to the welterweight division for a matchup with fellow Ohioan Shawn Porter.
The bout will headline a Premier Boxing Championship card on NBC and a catchweight of 144 or 145 pounds is expected to be announced.
Broner (30-1, 22 KO) fought on the inaugural PBC card in March, earning a unanimous decision victory over John Molina Jr.
“It’s time for AB on NBC and I can’t wait for the opportunity,” Broner said. “This is a great fight that the fans wanted and I wanted. I’m going to come prepared and I’m going to put on a show. I’ve never lost at MGM Grand and I don’t plan on starting now. Porter is a strong guy but he’s never been in the ring with someone like me.”
This will be his second venture into the welterweight division. The first one saw Broner win a title against Paulie Malignaggi before getting overpowered by Marcos Maidana.
Porter (25-1-1, 16 KO) got back into the win column with a knockout victory over late replacement opponent Erick Bone in a PBC on Spike TV card in March. Porter had previously lost his IBF welterweight title to Kell Brook last August at the StubHub Center.
“I feel like this fight is what the PBC is all about – bringing big fights to network TV and this is one of the biggest so far,” said Porter. “I am excited to be the headliner against Adrien Broner. I’m always ready for a fight and facing Adrien is definitely going to be a challenge, but I’ve watched his career, even in the amateurs and I know he can be beat. I’m also looking forward to fighting at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. We moved to Las Vegas for opportunities like this and I would love to make MGM Grand my home.
Errol Spence Jr (16-0, 13 KO), one of the sport’s top up-and-coming welterweights, will also be on the card as he takes on Roberto Garcia.
“I’m excited to have the chance to fight Roberto Garcia,” Spence said. “He is a great fighter and I’m happy to have an opportunity to fight on this huge card. It is definitely the biggest opportunity of my career so far and I won’t disappoint.”
Garcia (37-3, 23 KO) is currently riding a nine-fight winning streak. The 35-year-old veteran will be looking to stop Spence’s rapid ascent towards a world title shot.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and showcase my skills on the biggest stage,” Garcia said. “Spence Jr. is a strong up and coming fighter but I have experience on my side and I’m going to show it on June 20th.”
Broner vs Porter headlines the Premier Boxing Champions on NBC primetime event Saturday, June 20 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.