LAS VEGAS (AP) — Terrence Crawford stopped Shawn Porter in the 10th spherical by technical knockout Saturday night time in probably the most anticipated bouts of the 12 months.
Crawford (38-0) retained his WBO welterweight title and prolonged his streak of KOs or TKOs to 9 in entrance of a sold-out crowd of 11,568 at Mandalay Bay.
Porter (31-4-1), who has risen to turn into a authentic top-five welterweight, and was simply the very 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 combat, as Porter adjusted accordingly and linked typically.
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 tenth rounds.
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.
Porter’s coach and father, Kenny, threw in the towel and referred to as for referee Celestino Ruiz to cease the combat.
On the undercard, Esquiva Falcao (29-0) beat Patrice Volny (16-1) by the use of a technical resolution at 2:18 of the sixth spherical, after the combat 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 pro debut, Tiger Johnson had a fourth-round TKO over Antonius Grable (3-2-1).
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