Terence Crawford Knocks Down Shawn Porter Twice, Retains Welterweight Title

Against a former champion in Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford knew all eyes would be on his fight. To prove he really is the best welterweight and boxer out there, he needed a convincing win. Following two major knockdowns, “Bud” did just that. 

Inside the Michelob Ultra Arena in Nevada, Crawford beat Porter via TKO in the tenth. Shawn’s father Kenny stopped the fight after the second knockdown. Before the stoppage, Crawford was ahead on all three of the judge’s scorecards: 87-84 (Max De Luca), 86-85 (Dave Moretti), and 86-85 (Steve Weisfeld). As a result, retained the WBO Welterweight Title for the fifth time. It was also his seventh win in a row via some form of KO win. 

Crawford would then ask after the fight a question many have been debating:

“His dad did the right thing by stopping it because I was coming with a vengeance… Who’s the best in the welterweight division now?”

After the fight, Kenny gave some brutal but honest thoughts on Shawn’s performance and why he stopped the fight. 

“He didn’t prepare. He didn’t prepare like I wanted him to prepare. So that makes me say, ‘You know what? I don’t want him in that situation,'” Kenny stated.

The fight felt big from the moment Porter, honoring Marvin Hagler with WWE Champion Big E, and Crawford, coming out by himself, entered the ring. The tone was set right away in round one when Porter came in hot with a hook and jabs. That pushed Crawford away. Porter would rush in to attack Crawford and would utilize a calculating defense to freeze Crawford.

Both would land big shots in round two, with inside shots being huge for Porter. By round three, the announcers gave sound advice for Crawford not to get in a firefight with Porter. Crawford would start landing the jab, and while he abandoned it at certain points, they were effective in halting Porter. He hit a follow-up right to the body and was starting to feel somewhat comfortable. In the middle of the round, Porter would have a cut by his eye following a headbutt.  

Crawford would adapt in round four and counter Porter’s reaching shots. He landed a left to the body and a hook to the head, followed by a chest shot that pushed Porter back. Porter would fight back, however, with rights and inside shots to the body. A right by Crawford would force Porter to go face-first into the corner. Porter, however, still had a lot of energy left. He continued to land inside shots, with volume not being a problem for him. Crawford would have the final word in the fifth and would continue landing key shots in the sixth.

At this point, Crawford was bleeding by his eye due to another headbutt. 

Porter would land a big right to the face of Crawford, but Crawford marched forward with big jabs. Crawford was reaching as Porter was attempting to reverse his shots. At certain points, Crawford didn’t know how to handle Porter’s attacks, but he tried his best. He landed big uppercuts and continued with the jab, as he was getting comfortable enough to utilize it more. 

Crawford’s jab looked sharper in round nine and would follow those up with hooks. He avoided big shots by Porter and landed a left lead shot. Porter, however, would land big blows towards the end of the round.

It was at this point that the momentum went Crawford’s way. 

A left uppercut in the tenth put down Porter and the crowd went wild. Crawford would then land combination shots and straight lefts. Another batch of combinations and a right hook put Porter down again, and he got mad at himself. That is when his father stopped the fight. 

According to CompuBox, Crawford landed 98 shots compared to 79 for Porter, with 33 of them being jabs. Landing only three shots in round one, Crawford would land single-digit blows two more times until the final shots in the tenth. 

Porter, a former IBF and WBC Welterweight Champion, is now 2-2 in his last four fights.

As far as what is next for Crawford, he’s hoping to face WBC and IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. Top Rank’s Bob Arum mentioned Josh Taylor and Spence as options for Crawford, who is now a free agent. 

 

Terence Crawford def. Shawn Porter via TKO (1:21 into round ten)- WBO Welterweight Title

Esquiva Falcao def. Patrice Volny via technical decision  (58-57 E, 56-58, 58-56) (2:18 into round six) (IBF Middleweight Title Eliminator)

Janibek Alimkhanuly def. Hassan N’Dam via TKO (2:40 into round eight) – WBO Global and WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Titles

Raymond Muratalla def. Elias Araujo via TKO (2:20 into the fifth)

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