Shawn Porter criticises Adrien Broner for refusing to discuss catchweight
Last Updated: 18/06/15 4:29pm
Shawn Porter has slammed Adrien Broner for his refusal to discuss the catchweight stipulation for Saturday's bout.
Broner has won super-featherweight and lightweight world titles before and having lost his WBA welterweight crown to Marcos Maidana, has insisted on a 144lbs limit for his clash with fellow-American Porter.
Porter, naturally the bigger man having campaigned at light-middleweight in the past, usually weighs in at 147lbs before rehydrating back towards the 160s but in Las Vegas this weekend, he is not allowed to rehydrate beyond 154lbs.
WIth such stringent rules laid down, the home fighter is furious that Broner has stayed silent on the catchweight issues.
Porter, who lost his IBF welterweight title via a tight points defeat to Kell Brook last August, said: "We’ve known for weeks now that the contracted weight is supposed to be 144.
You want to move up into my weight, then move up! Don’t be scared. Don’t be worried. Don’t be afraid.
Shawn Porter on Adrien Broner
"Here we are doing everything we need to do as professionals to be on weight, be on point, be 100 per cent, and the ‘kid’ who chose to make the contracted weight 144 wishes not to talk about the contracted weight, wishes not to talk about any rehydration clause, wants to avoid any conversation involving weight limits or anything like that.
"And the more and more we talk about it, the more and more the animosity sets in because I’m a professional doing what I do at this high level for so long and my weight class is 147 for so long.
"You want to move up into my weight, then move up. Don’t be scared. Don’t be worried. Don’t be afraid. Put your skill on the line along with your record. Put it all on the line at 147. Don’t put it at 144, then not want to talk about it."
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