With just over a week until the Premier Boxing Champions on NBC showdown between Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), takes place on Saturday, June 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, both fighters met with the media in Los Angeles Wednesday to discuss the matchup.
Coverage on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT with a welterweight clash between undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) and bruising veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (37-3, 20 KOs).
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Fans who purchase a ticket for this event will be admitted into Sunday’s Premier Boxing Champions on CBS event that features former world champions Rances Barthelemy (22-0, 13 KOs) and Antonio DeMarco (31-4-1, 23 KOs) squaring off, plus the welterweight battle between Sammy Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) and Wale Omotoso (25-1, 21 KOs) with televised coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
Here are what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday:
“I’m very blessed to be here. I’ve been through some things that would say I shouldn’t have been here today, but now I’m one of the biggest names in boxing.
“Even if it’s a hard fight, I’m going to win this fight. They say he’s strong, they say he comes like a bulldozer. Whatever they bring to the table on June 20, I’m ready.
“I’m going to be the most powerful fighter on June 20th and definitely the prettiest fighter on June 20. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.”
“I’m the strongest fighter that Adrien Broner will ever get into the ring with.
“I know he’s got more fights as a professional than me, but that doesn’t mean he’s got more experience than me. We do all our fighting in the gym, prior to the fight.
“Everything has been going really smoothly and I’ve been strong this entire camp. It’s been great and it’s what you need going into a fight.
“PBC has been a blessing for these fighters and boxing in general. With all the fights on television it’s just an honor to be a part of. There’s no clearer opportunity than now, on network television to show what I got.”
MIKE STAFFORD, Broner’s Trainer
“These guys know each other from the amateurs. It’s Ohio, so we are familiar with each other. I’m glad that they took the fight, I love Shawn, I love Kenny, but it’s business and we are here to win.”
KEN PORTER, Porter’s Father & Trainer
“This is the stage we all want to be on, the pinnacle of the sport. We have two elite fighters up here and I expect they will put on a performance that will be memorable throughout the summer and throughout the rest of the year.”
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“With the two styles of Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter you can’t expect anything but a great fight.
“This is a tremendous platform for Mayweather Promotions. We’ve promoted the biggest fights in the history of the sport. It’s a great feeling to be part of the PBC family.
“To step right on in and promote one of the biggest names of the sport in Adrien Broner, we’re expecting a great turnout and great ratings so fans across the country should make sure to tune-in.”