Shawn Porter believes taking his WBC title eliminator into the later rounds will be key to victory over Andre Berto in a battle of former world welterweight champions on April 22.
‘Showtime’ faces Berto at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and has been in full throttle mode during camp to claim a chance for redemption against 147 pound king Keith Thurman later this year.
“I’ve seen him in fights where he goes past the fifth and sixth round, and things start to fall apart for him,” pointed out Porter.
“So if we can get to his body early, and you see everything we do here in the facility, these guys work me almost to death. We’re ready for the 12 rounds plus. We’re always ready to take more out of our guy’s tank and have a lot more at the end.
“I really think there’s an understanding we both have. He tells me what to do and I listen. Like he always says, as long as I listen, everything will play out the way it’s supposed to. We have that one understanding, and the rest just carries itself.
“I’ve seen myself hurting him to the body, but haven’t seen myself stopping him. I can see him going down, but I can’t see him not getting up. Maybe that’s too much respect for him, but I know in the moment, in the fight, I’m going after this dude.
“I feel like right now, he has the heart of a lion. He’s Haitian, he carries that blood with him, he’s proud of it and I respect that, so I’m ready for a full fight,” he added.
Porter lost out to Thurman in his previous bout and knows only a win can keep him in the title picture, whilst Berto has won three and lost three of his last six and can ill-afford to suffer a fifth career defeat as he attempts to stave off retirement talk.