Adrien Broner vs Shawn Porter set for June 20

16/05/2015 08:27

Former world champions Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) will battle it out on June 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The scheduled 12-round bout will be contested at a catchweight of 144 pounds.

Broner, who has won world titles at super featherweight, lightweight and welterweight, has won three fights in a row since losing his WBA welterweight belt to Marcos Maidana by decision in an upset in December 2013. After the points defeat he dropped down to light welterweight but he is now moving up a few pounds to fight former IBF welterweight champion Porter.

After dethroning Devon Alexander by decision to win the IBF title in December 2013, Porter looked impressive in demolishing Paulie Malignaggi in his first defence, but then lost the belt to Kell Brook by majority decision last August. He rebounded by knocking out Erick Bone in March in his last outing.

Broner easily outpointed John Molina in March in his last outing, so both men are coming in off wins and the two Ohio-born fighters will be looking to propel themselves into more lucrative fights in the future with victory on this occasion.

Broner said: "This is a great fight that the fans wanted and I wanted. I'm going to come prepared and I'm going to put on a show.

"I've never lost at MGM Grand and I don't plan on starting now. Porter is a strong guy but he's never been in the ring with someone like me."

Porter said: "I am excited to be the headliner against Adrien Broner. I'm always ready for a fight and facing Adrien is definitely going to be a challenge, but I've watched his career, even in the amateurs and I know he can be beat.

"I'm also looking forward to fighting at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. We moved to Las Vegas for opportunities like this and I would love to make MGM Grand my home."

Also on the card, undefeated contender Errol Spence Jr (16-0, 13 KOs), a 2012 US Olympian, will fight Mexican veteran Roberto Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout.