Stars of Premier Boxing Champions hosted a media luncheon Saturday afternoon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and offered their thoughts and predictions for tonight’s PBC on NBC main event, which features a battle between former world champions Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs). Televised coverage begins on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
The fighters in attendance were Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Welterweight World Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, former world champion Paulie “The Magic” Man Malignaggi, Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz, rising super welterweight stars Jermell and Jermall Charlo and Middleweight World Champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs, who could not offer a prediction as he is on the announcing team the NBC telecast.
“I have to stay neutral because I’m good friends with both guys. This is the true definition of a boxer versus a brawler. Broner is going to have the ability to box and move and he adapts well to the fighter he’s facing. Porter has power and will. He’s nonstop and he’s definitely not going to give up.”
JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.
“Broner by decision. He’s the better boxer and also fought better opponents. He’s had a weight problem in the past but I don’t think it will affect him. Porter is strong and tough but it’s not enough to beat Broner.”
“I favor Porter in this fight. I think he’s going to bring high intensity and possibly outwork Broner for the victory. Broner will have sharp defense to counter Porter’s high intensity. I think it’ll go the distance.”
“Broner by decision.”
LEO SANTA CRUZ
“Porter by decision. He has to pressure Adrien because Adrien has a hard time with pressure. If Broner boxes and keeps him away and ties him up that’s the only way he wins, but I don’t see it happening.”
“I’m taking Broner. He has the skill, the speed, the athleticism and the punching power. Styles make fights, Porter is going to be right there for Broner. Porter won’t be able to outclass Broner.”
“Porter by decision. People are not considering his rehydration. He’s going to be way stronger and bigger fighter. He’s going to wear Adrien down with his skills.”