You don’t have to possess a sensitive palate to detect the taste of sour grapes from Shawn Porter’s camp.
The American was world champion before being dethroned in his own back yard by Sheffield’s Kell Brook.
Brook was the underdog - but he had the bite of a British Bulldog - enough on Porter’s home soil to win the IBF welterweight belt. Porter, a worthy champion until then, was magnanimous in defeat, even expressing his sympathy for Brook when he was slashed by a lunatic on holiday in Tenerife.
But the American’s dad has not been as generous.
Kenny Porter, also Shawn’s trainer, has accused Brook of holding his son “80 times in seven rounds.”
He said he was stopped from complaining about the tactics and implied Brook was illegally stifling Shawn’s offensive edge.
“I can’t stop a guy from holding him and I can’t make a referee stop from holding him, especially during the fight when I’m told, do not yell at the referee about the holding. There’s a four punch count difference landed on this fight, but I counted Brook holding Shawn 80 times in seven rounds. We are not making excuses, we come to fight.”
“I highly doubt the next guy we fight is going to be able to hold us like that; we are going to work on it.”
Porter said his camp had inquired about a re-match. But there had been no interest back, with Brook desperate to get his hands next year on the likes of Amir Khan or Floyd Mayweather.
In February, Brook could defend his strap against either Josesito Lopez or Andre Berto.