The father and trainer of IBF welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter said he expects his son to be bigger, stronger and faster than Kell Brook of England, as well as inflict "a lot of punishment" on the mandatory challenger should they face each other in the summer.
Porter (24-0-1, 15 knockouts) learned last month that he and promoter Golden Boy Promotions have until July to make his second defense against Brook (32-0, 22 KOs). Golden Boy and Matchroom Sport, which handles Brook, were given until May 21 to reach a deal. If no deal is made, a purse bid would be ordered, IBF President Daryl Peoples informed RingTV.com on April 21.
"When it comes to speed, I see an advantage there for Shawn. He's faster than this guy. When it comes to quickness, Shawn is quicker than this guy," said Kenny Porter of his son, a former junior middleweight.
"It's coming down to skill level and it's coming down to the type of competition they've been in with and I feel that those aspects are advantages for Shawn as well. So the bigger they are, the harder they fall and we're expecting this guy to take a lot of punishment on that night and we're going to see how much punishment he can take."
Peoples said Porter and Golden Boy were granted an exception to make an April 19 clash with ex-titleholder Paulie Malignaggi, whom Porter had cut and bloodied beneath the left eye with the first jab he landed, ultimately dropping him twice in the final round of a fourth-round stoppage victory.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer informed RingTV.com in an email on April 21 that he planned to discuss Brook with Porter's advisor, Al Haymon, and IBF Championships Chairman, Lindsey Tucker, said on Monday that he believed that to be the case.
"I assume they are negotiating," stated Tucker in an e-mail to RingTV.com. "The 30 day period is up on May 21, 2014."
Kenny Porter said that he is planning on his son facing Brook in the summer.
"I haven't heard a date but actually, a suspected time frame is the end of July or the beginning of August," said the elder Porter. "That is what has come back to me. I spoke to someone in the know this morning and there haven't been any changes in that consideration."
Brook, who turned 28 on May 3, has won four straight by knockout and was last in the ring for April's eighth-round stoppage of Alvaro Robles. Prior to Robles, Brook floored Vyascheslav Senchenko twice en route to a fourth-round stoppage in October.
"I've been looking at the guy, Brook, and with his physical size, he's a big welterweight who has got good size for the weight class. He's a big, strong welterweight, so there's a great matchup there," said Kenny Porter.
"He'll want to match his strength against our strength. I'm sure that he's, in the past, been the stronger fighter in his fights and he'll want to match up with us there. We'll be there on the strength side because nobody is going to be stronger than Shawn when it comes to that."
Prior to Malignaggi, Porter was coming off a unanimous decision win over Devon Alexander in December, during which he dictated a physical fight that left both fighters bleeding from cuts around their eyes.
Porter's victory ended Alexander’s winning streak at four consecutive bouts since falling to Tim Bradley, who was dethroned as WBO 147-pound beltholder on April 12 by Manny Pacquiao after having won the belt from Pacquiao by split-decision in June 2012.
A former sparring partner for Pacquiao, Porter began his career at 165. Porter’s victory over Alexander was preceded by last September’s unanimous decision over ex-beltholder Diaz, with whom Porter had battled to a draw in December 2012.
"As long as Shawn continues to prepare and do things the right way and to bring the weight down the right way, then we'll be fine. We only had that problem one time, which was the first Diaz fight, and he didn't bring the weight down the right way and do things the right way in preparation for that, so Shawn felt weak.
"But for this fight, I feel that he is on the right track and he's been doing it for a quite a while, now, so he'll be strong. As far as our preparation, we're going to continue to do it better than we did the last time when we were getting ready for Paulie Malignaggi and getting ready for Devon Alexander and getting ready for Julio Diaz. We're going to work even harder and be even better."
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