Kenny Porter remembers Golovkin as an amateur; expects the boxing public to demand Canelo

Kenny Porter speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, inside of the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Hustle Boss caught up with trainer Kenny Porter.

Kenny’s primary fighter, his son, former IBF welterweight champion Shawn, is coming off of a rousing performance this past June 25, where he dropped a razor-thin unanimous decision to WBA titlist Keith Thurman.

Kenny and Shawn are weighing their options following the Thurman tussle, and are always sure to take in some boxing action, whether in person or on the screen.

I asked Porter for his opinion of lineal middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s fifth round TKO victory over Kell Brook, who he stopped on Sep. 10 in London.

“I thought he did an excellent job,” Porter explained. “I was impressed with Golovkin. I thought Kell Brook showed a lot of early, front-runner type boxing skills. He’s got speed, he’s got some combinations, and he was landing on Golovkin.”

One week later, this past Saturday, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stopped a courageous Liam Smith in the ninth round in Arlington, Tex. to capture the WBO junior middleweight title. Porter feels that eventually we will see Golovkin vs. Alvarez materialize.

“Eventually I feel that they have to meet,” said Porter. “Boxers are going to demand it, fans are going to demand it, and the networks are going to demand it.”

Check below for the full interview with Porter, where he flashes back to his memories of Golovkin as an amateur.

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