Terence Crawford sends Shawn Porter into shock retirement and clears path to Errol Spence showdown with savage 10th round TKO for ninth-straight stoppage
- Terence Crawford claimed the 38th win of his career over Shawn Porter
- The Ohio fighter was Crawford’s toughest test of his career to date
- Porter started strong with the champion defensive, before Crawford hit the gas
- A dominant ninth lead to a 10th round TKO, before Porter announced retirement
Terrence Crawford crumpled Shawn Porter in the 10th round to triumph by technical knockout on Saturday night, finally teeing-up an Errol Spence super-fight.
Crawford (38-0) retained his WBO welterweight title and extended his streak of stoppages to nine in front of a sold-out 11,568 crowd at Mandalay Bay.
Crawford knocked Porter off his feet early in the 10th with a left uppercut before adding an exclamation point with a devastating right hook to the temple, followed by a left hook to the face.
Terence Crawford remains the welterweight champions after flooring Shawn Porter
Porter announced his retirement moments after the fight, unwilling to take on a rematch
Porter’s father threw the towel in to setup a massive fight with Errol Spence for Crawford
Then the towel came flying in, ruefully chucked by Porter’s trainer and father, forcing referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight. Porter stunned reporters by announcing his retirement from boxing at his post-fight press conference.
‘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 said.
‘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.’
Crawford was ahead on all three of the judges’ scorecards when his vicious final assault convinced Kenny Porter that enough was enough. Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld had Crawford leading 86-85, while Max De Luca had him ahead 87-84.
Crawford was cautious early on and saved his energy for later rounds after Porter’s fast start
The American was ruthless in the finale and crushed Porter with a devastating combination
Porter (31-4-1), who has risen to become a top-five welterweight contender, and was easily the toughest opponent of Crawford’s career, came out with relentless aggression in the early rounds.
Crawford’s switch-hitting flex didn’t necessarily work when he turned to southpaw early in the fight, as Porter adjusted accordingly and connected often.
‘Shawn Porter is a slick fighter. He was doing some things in there that made me think,’ Crawford said. ‘I can’t say nothing bad about him.’
Having gone on the defensive and smiled more often than he punched, Crawford finally switched to attack-mode in the sixth round before lighting up the ring alive in the ninth and 10th – the final two rounds of Porter’s career.
Crawford has long been linked with a fight against Errol Spence, which now could be a reality
‘I’m prepared to retire,’ Porter said. ‘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.’
On the undercard, Esquiva Falcao (29-0) beat Patrice Volny (16-1) via a technical decision in the sixth round, after the fight was stopped because of an inadvertent head butt. Janibek Alimkhanuly (11-0) also remained undefeated with an eighth-round TKO over Hassan N’Dam (38-6).
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