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Crawford stops Porter in 10th to keep WBO welterweight title

LAS VEGAS — Terrence Crawford stopped Shawn Porter in the 10th spherical by technical knockout Saturday evening in some of the anticipated bouts of the 12 months.

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 in the 10th 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 in the towel and referred to as for referee Celestino Ruiz to cease the battle. Porter surprised reporters by asserting 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 mentioned. “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.”

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Terrence Crawford knocked down Shawn Porter in the 10th spherical with a left uppercut, sealing the battle 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 develop into a respectable top-five welterweight, and was simply one of the best opponent of Crawford’s profession, displayed relentless aggression in the early rounds.

Crawford’s switch-hitting flex didn’t essentially work when he turned to southpaw early in the battle, as Porter adjusted accordingly and related typically.

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

After taking part in protection and smiling greater than punching, Crawford lastly confirmed indicators of offense in the sixth spherical and got here alive in the ninth and 10th rounds — the ultimate two rounds, because it turned out, of Porter’s profession.

“I’m prepared to retire,” Porter mentioned. “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 battle.
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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 battle 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 due to a minimize to Ochoa attributable to 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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