On Saturday evening Shawn Porter will look to make the second successful defense of his IBF welterweight title when he meets his mandatory challenger and fellow unbeaten, Kell Brook.
AW – When you break down Brook as a fighter, what do you see as his strengths and also areas you can exploit?
SP – As far as strength goes, I was watching him a little bit yesterday and he’s got good foot movement, he’s got good defense, he knows how to lean out the way of shots. Along with that comes creating openings to punch. Using that defense to create offense. I’m ready for it, though.
AW – Do you think Brook may be your toughest opponent to date?
SP – I think so. I expected more out of Paulie (Malignaggi) and I didn’t get as much as I or my team prepared for. That fight went a little quicker than we obviously thought. Coming into the fight we thought he had tons of experience. I think if you base that question on experience it goes to Paulie hands down, he’s two-time world champion.
AW – In your last fight you were very impressive stopping Paulie Malignaggi in four rounds.
SP – I put that fight very simply. I watched it, it’s a fight I’ll never forget. He who hesitates and waits is lost and you can tell from the first round I had him puzzled. He questioned himself and hesitated and it went four rounds.
AW – To beat someone of Paulie’s stature like you did must have given you great confidence.
AW – Tell us about your training camp to date.
SP – We based our camp in (Las) Vegas, we’ve been going two months. We’ve sparred with everyone from Ismayl Sillakh – he’s a light heavyweight contender – all the way down to Emmanuel Taylor, who just beat Karim Mayfield I believe on ESPN. I also sparred with Roberto Garcia, who recently fought on “ESPN Friday Night fights” as well. Everything is going great, we came out to San Francisco to do some hypoxia training, that went great. I would say everything is on point and where it needs to be at this stage of camp.
AW – The welterweight division seems pretty stacked at the moment.
SP – I love it, this is why I moved down to 147. I’m glad it turned out the way it’s turning out. It was a big move from me to go from 154 to 147 and I was told this is where my future would be and it’s working out great so far. A lot of exciting fights at that weight. Right after this fight we’ll figure who the next one is.
AW – Back in May, I know you were at the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight and he was given all he could handle by Marcos Maidana. When they meet again in September, what are your thoughts on the rematch?
SP – I think it’s gonna be a great fight. I think we’ll see Floyd make his adjustments, I think he’ll handle Maidana like we thought he would in the first one. I thought he would somewhat dominate Maidana. Maidana proved that he’s no pushover and he’s strong and he’s gonna fight like that. I think Floyd definitely still has a big fight ahead of him but I think he’s gonna be more prepared for this one.
AW – You achieved a lifelong goal in becoming world champion, what is your next goal?
AW – You live in Las Vegas now, how is life in the boxing capital?
SP – I love it, all I do is train, train, train. When I’m not training I’m either relaxing or I’m at the movies. It’s perfect for what I do and perfect for the lifestyle that I like to live. I’m a very active person, so I get all my training in during the day. I’m a very cool, calm and relaxed person so the movies, or just at home watching TV or something like that. Las Vegas is perfect for me.
AW – In closing do you have anything you’d like to say to Kell Brook?
The Showtime broadcast begins at 9 PM ET/6 PM/PT from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Along with Porter-Brook, the tripleheader also includes the rematch between WBC super middleweight titleholder Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell, and WBC lightweight ruler Omar Figueroa faces mandatory challenger Daniel Estrada.