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Terrence Crawford defeats Shawn Porter for WBO welterweight title

LAS VEGAS — Terrence Crawford stopped Shawn Porter within the tenth spherical by technical knockout Saturday night time in one of the anticipated bouts of the year.

Crawford (38-0) retained his WBO welterweight title and prolonged his streak of stoppages to 9 in entrance of a sold-out crowd of 11,568 at Mandalay Bay.

Crawford knocked down Porter early within the tenth spherical with a left uppercut after which delivered an exclamation level with a devastating proper hook to the temple, adopted by a left hook to the face.

Porter’s coach and father, Kenny, threw within the towel and known as for referee Celestino Ruiz to cease the struggle. Porter shocked reporters by saying his retirement from boxing at his post-fight press convention.

“I know I caught him with a good uppercut and then when I caught him with another left hook clean in his face that he was real hurt and his dad did the right thing by stopping it because I was coming with a vengeance,” Crawford stated. “I didn’t really want to fight him. We always said we would fight each other when the time was right and I guess the time was right for this fight to happen.”

Terrence Crawford knocked down Shawn Porter within the tenth spherical with a left uppercut, sealing the struggle with a proper hook to the temple, adopted by a left hook to the face.
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Crawford was forward on all three of the judges’ scorecards on the time of the stoppage. Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld had Crawford main 86-85, whereas Max De Luca had him forward 87-84.

Porter (31-4-1), who has risen to turn into a legit top-five welterweight, and was simply the very best opponent of Crawford’s career, displayed relentless aggression within the early rounds.

Crawford’s switch-hitting flex didn’t essentially work when he turned to southpaw early within the struggle, as Porter adjusted accordingly and linked usually.

Shawn Porter
Shawn Porter’s coach threw within the towel and known as for referee Celestino Ruiz to finish the struggle.
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“Shawn Porter is a slick fighter. He was doing some things in there and made me think,” Crawford stated. “I can’t say nothing bad about him.”

After enjoying protection and smiling greater than punching, Crawford lastly confirmed indicators of offense within the sixth spherical and got here alive within the ninth and tenth rounds — the ultimate two rounds, because it turned out, of Porter’s career.

“I’m prepared to retire,” Porter stated. “I was prepared to announce my retirement tonight — win, lose or draw. Even if it was a draw, we had a date. They were telling us we were going to have to do it again. I was not going to do it again. I am announcing my retirement right now.”

Terrence Crawford
Terrence Crawford was main on all three of the judges’ scorecards on the time Shawn Porter’s coach requested to cease the struggle.
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On the undercard, Esquiva Falcao (29-0) beat Patrice Volny (16-1) by means of a technical choice at 2:18 of the sixth spherical, after the struggle was stopped due to an inadvertent head butt. Janibek Alimkhanuly (11-0) remained undefeated with an eighth-round TKO over Hassan N’Dam (38-6).

Adam Lopez (15-3) and Adan Ochoa (12-2) fought to a no-decision. The bout was stopped as a result of a minimize to Ochoa brought on by a headbutt. Karlos Balderas (11-1) scored his second straight KO win with a fourth-round TKO over Julio Cortez (15-4). In his professional debut, Tiger Johnson had a fourth-round TKO over Antonius Grable (3-2-1).

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