Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter Recap

Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter Recap

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Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter Recap

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Terence Crawford retained his WBO welterweight world title with a 10th-round TKO victory over Shawn Porter at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas. It was an entertaining bout before it was stopped in round 10.

The fight started out in typical fashion for Crawford, as he collected data and allowed Porter to take the early lead in the opening round. The second round saw inside work from Porter where he went down to Crawford’s body. They traded hard shots in that round, as well.

In the third round, an accidental clash of heads caused a cut to Porter’s right eye. Crawford seemed to be leading the third until the end of the round when Porter picked up steam. Crawford collected enough data on Porter by the start of the fourth round and he hit Porter with a solid jab and brought the fight back in his favor.

In the first half of the fight, Porter mixed up his strategy by attacking Crawford with flurries, while using a sound jab to lead the dance. When it seemed like Crawford was in control, Porter answered back with hard shots. It was a back-and-forth affair that saw Crawford stay away from fully engaging in a war with Porter, but he remained aggressive in his counter-punching approach.

When Porter moved in for the attack, Crawford knew how to stick his jab properly to keep Porter at a safe distance. This was evident in the seventh when Porter had Crawford against the ropes and Crawford worked his way out of trouble.

Crawford had success going to the body on Porter throughout the match. Not only did Crawford work to the body, but he carried his boxing skills with him in the latter segment of the fight by using his jab to thwart Porter’s return on offense.

Crawford took over in round 10 when he clipped Porter with a clean left hook that dropped Porter. That sequence ended up being the final sequence of the fight before Porter’s father and trainer, Kenny Porter, ended the bout for his fighter.

The stoppage seemed earlier than most expected it to come, but the job of the trainer is to protect the fighter. This was Porter’s first TKO loss of his career. Crawford retained his WBO title and there is a chance he unifies with one of the two other welterweight champions in the near future. With the loss, Porter is now 31-4-1, while Crawford remains undefeated at 38-0 (29 KOs).

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