Las Vegas, Nevada
Ron Harris – Terrence “Bud” Crawford retained his World Boxing Organization Welterweight championship with a stunning 10th round TKO over Shawn Porter at the Michelob Ultra Arena inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas. Crawford, who is on every pound for pound list as number one or number two with Canelo Alvarez, showed one thing is clear. He is the number one welterweight fighter in the world. Yes, Errol Spence beat Porter in a split decision, but Crawford figured out Porter from the first round and he put his plan in action throughout the fight.
“I figured him out in the first round,” said Crawford (38-0, 29 KO’s). Porter is a good fighter. But I know he comes forward and lunges forward so I knew I would get him.”
Crawford landed the most devastating body shots that Porter, 34, has ever seen in his professional career. Once he switched to the southpaw stance in round 2, his lead left hands found the mid-section of Porter for the rest of the fight. He stayed in the left-hand stance for the remainder of the fight. Porter landed some good over hand rights, but Crawford never flinched.
“I was stronger than he was,” said Crawford. After the second knock down, Porter’s father and trainer Kenny Porter stepped up to the ropes with a towel in his hand and referee Celestino Ruiz waived the fight over at 1:21 of the 10th round. Porter became the 8th fighter in a row that Crawford has stopped for the first time in their career.
Porter (31-4) was shocked that his father stopped the fight. “He’s doing what he knows he needs to do,” said Shawn. “I didn’t expect that. We never had a conversation about that, but we had an unspoken understanding that if he saw what he saw, he would do what he did. I didn’t expect it.” Could Porter have continued, “Yes. He was catching me with some hard shots, my timing was off. I felt the shots and that is what my father saw, and he did what he had to do.”
“His dad did the right thing by stopping it, because I was coming with a vengeance,” said Crawford. Crawford was ahead on all judges cards up to the stoppage.
Both fighters seem to win every other round. Porter’s downfall was his aggressive approach turned into lunging toward Crawford with his head down and Crawford made him pay with hooks and uppercuts. The first knockdown came from a left, kind of hook, uppercut that caught Porter flush on his face.
Crawford is an extremely skillful fighter. It is like his mind is working to figure out where he can land his shots. Once he saw what would hurt Porter, it came to life in that 10th round. Fans want to see Crawford take on champion, Errol Spence. Since the best are fighting the best these days, as an old referee used to say, “Let’s get it on!”
Ron Harris, retired college administrator, coach, broadcaster, Internet and TV sports producer and host. Former radio host of a live call-in show. Extremely close to the sports landscape in the Washington, DC metro area. Former radio sports reporter, covering MLB, college sports, major boxing events and much more.