Danny Garcia vs Shawn Porter Preview supremacy
We have to two former champions set to collide this weekend in Brooklyn, New York for the vacant WBC welterweight title. Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter have been in the ring with some of today’s best fighters. Both have seen their fair share of ups and downs.
First up, let’s take a look at the Ohio native Porter. He’s the former IBF welterweight champion who holds an impressive resume. At (28-2, 17 KOs) he’s beaten the likes of Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner, Paul Malignaggi and Andre Berto. He’s come up short against Keith Thurman and Kell Brook in razor close fights.
Known for his aggressive style, Porter has often been criticized by fans and fellow fighters for using dirty tactics. He has a tendency to use his head on the inside, which results in head clashes and cuts. Whether intentional or not, it has helped him. Also working in his favor is his physical strength and seemingly everlasting stamina.
In his fight with Keith Thurman, both men fought at a high pace with Porter seemingly not taking his foot off the gas once in that fight. His up-tempo aggressive style will be sure to cause Garcia problems. For porter to be successful, he has to set up everything off his jab and throw the patient counter-punching Garcia off his rhythm.
Now, let’s look at The Philadelphia native Garcia. He’ll be looking to reclaim the title he lost to Thurman last March. He boasts an excellent record of (34-1, 20 KOs). Known for his powerful left hook and iron chin, Garcia has shared the ring with Amir Khan, Lamont Peterson, Erik Morales, Lucas Matthysse and Zab Judah.
Garcia is an excellent counter-puncher who’s very patient. He allows his opponents to gain confidence while figuring out their timing. He has a good jab and an underrated right hand; just ask Brandon Rios. Some of his weaknesses include a lack of movement.
While he can be evasive when he wants to, it’s not something he excels at; especially against very good to elite movers. Take a look back at his fights with Keith Thurman and Lamont Peterson. Garcia is best when he’s pressing the action behind his jab and making his opponents get careless trying to attack, which sets up his counter-punching.
However, as proven against Mauricio Herrera and Keith Thurman, guys with movement and a good jab spell trouble for him. He’ll have to be better against the ultra aggressive and unpredictable Porter.
This is an evenly matched fight with both guys being more than capable of winning. While Garcia is probably the more skilled fighter, Porter seems to be the hungrier fighter with a style to match. Both guys will have their moments in an entertaining championship bout. At the end of the day I favor Porter and his style to win a close decision to become the new WBC welterweight champion.
By: Jerrell Fletcher