LAS VEGAS – Terence Crawford has long wanted this great battle against an elite opponent to prove its greatness. He got it Saturday and grew up.
Crawford dropped the gritty Shawn Porter twice in round 10 of an open battle. After the second knockdown, Porter’s father / trainer Kenny Porter climbed the steps and asked referee Celestino Ruiz to end the fight
Crawford remained undefeated on his ninth straight hiatus. It was an uphill battle with Porter’s pressure forcing Crawford to improve his game. Crawford retained the WBO welterweight title on Saturday before 11,568 at the Michelob Ultra Arena with the interruption 1:21 of Aug.
“Who’s the best welterweight now?” Crawford asked triumphantly.
Porter had more than his moments, but Crawford landed too clean and too consistent to take such blows.
Porter’s pressure brought the fight, and for much of the fight they stood head to toe exchanging big blows. Crawford was the more accurate puncher and that ultimately led him to victory and helped him improve his argument that he and not Super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.
The end came in the 10th when Crawford dropped Porter early with a straight left hand struggling from the southpaw. Porter was clearly humming and winced when he got up, but true to his bulldog nature, he jumped straight back into the fray.
However, Crawford is one of the best finishers in boxing and he proved it when the fight resumed. He was quick on Porter and although he was aggressive, he didn’t throw caution into the ring.
He landed a combo with a crunching right hand that Porter dropped a second time. As a result, his father stopped doing it and called it “an easy decision.”
And Porter knew he was dating a legend who is now 38-0 with 29 KOs.
“He’s definitely the best in the world,” said Porter afterwards.
It was Crawford’s best opponent by far and Porter put him to work for it. Crawford didn’t dominate many rounds as he has so often, but he was patient, smart, and very accurate with his strokes.
He faced the hurricane’s eye and remained calm, which resulted in Porter frequently missing and firing counter-shots. But Porter’s pressure caused Crawford more than a few anxious moments and brought out the best in him.
Crawford was 86-85 on two cards and 87-84 on the other after the nine rounds completed. Yahoo Sports had it 86-85 Crawford.