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Terence Crawford TKO’s Shawn Porter In Welterweight Title PPV Showdown

terence crawford tko's shawn porter

For years, Terence Crawford had to deal with constant criticism over the level of competition he’s faced over his career. Going up against a battle-tested former champion in Shawn Porter, Crawford shined with a stoppage performance in what was an exciting fight. 

After Crawford dropped Porter to the canvas twice in the 10th round, Porter’s father and trainer Kenny Porter threw in the towel and stopped the fight. With the stoppage win, Crawford now improves to 38-0 with 29 knockout victories in what was his fifth defense of his WBO welterweight title. The fight headlined a Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view from Las Vegas.

The win further fuels the debate among many in the boxing community about who is the better welterweight between Crawford and unified IBF and WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Spence had beaten Porter in 2019 in another great fight, but won that fight by split decision. Crawford can claim to be the only man to beat Porter inside the distance. 

 

Starting off, Porter walked Crawford down and led the charge with his volume punching and pressure fighting. It wasn’t long until Crawford started switching stances to southpaw as early as the second round. 

Both fighters would trade rounds going back-and-forth trying to pace each other towards a 12-round battle. Crawford would land timely body shots, while Porter kept pressuring the three-division champion with aggressive footwork and volume punching. Porter and Crawford dealt with cuts above their respective right eyes, but neither cut affected the end result of the bout. 

Starting the 10th round, Crawford landed a counter left uppercut that dropped Porter to the canvas. Immediately afterwards, Crawford swarmed Porter with several power shots, including a heavy right hand that landed on the side of Porter’s head. As Porter was expressing visible frustration at the second knockdown, his father threw in the towel, ending the fight. 

At the time of the stoppage, Crawford was leading on all three judges’ scorecards with scores of 86-85, 86-85 & 87-84. 

In the post-fight press conference, Porter announced his retirement from the sport, ending a pro career that started in 2008. Throughout his long career, Porter faced the likes of Keith Thurman, Spence, Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander, Yordenis Ugas, Adrien Broner & more, winning two world titles in the process. Porter retired with a 31-4-1 (17 KO) pro record.

Crawford’s next fight remains up in the air. As much as a showdown against Spence would be one of the most highly-anticipated fights in the sport, there is also the possibility of Crawford facing former Top Rank stablemate Josh Taylor, who is the undisputed junior welterweight champion. Taylor has an upcoming title defense against Jack Catterall in February to get through first, but Taylor previously stated interest in fighting Crawford. However, a fight against Taylor is almost certainly out the window as Crawford hinted at the post-fight press conference that he is moving on from Top Rank as his contract with the promotional company has ended.

The bout between Crawford and Porter came together after the WBO ordered the two fighters to face off against each other. Shortly before a purse bid to decide who would get the promotional rights to the fight, both sides reached a deal in what was a rare Top Rank/PBC collaboration. Now that Crawford is a free agent, fights against more fighters from the PBC stable could very well be a reality.

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