Terence Crawford stopped Shawn Porter in the 10th round by technical knockout Saturday night in one of the most anticipated bouts of the year.
Crawford (38-0) retained his WBO welterweight title and extended his streak of KOs or TKOs to nine in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,568 at Mandalay Bay.
Porter (31-4-1), who has risen to become a legitimate top-five welterweight, and was easily the best opponent of Crawford’s career, displayed 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.
After playing defence and smiling more than punching, Crawford finally showed signs of offence in the sixth round and came alive in the ninth and tenth rounds. Crawford knocked down Porter early in the 10th round with a left uppercut and then delivered an exclamation point with a devastating right hook to the temple.
Porter’s trainer and father, Kenny, threw in the towel and called for referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight. Relive all the action below:
Thanks very much for joining our live coverage as Terence Crawford produced a career-defining performance by stopping Shawn Porter in the tenth round in Las Vegas. Here is our report from the fight:
The champion produced a deadly finish in the tenth round to defend his crown in Las Vegas
Here is another look at the knockout:
Here were the scorecards at the time of the stoppage:
Crawford stops Porter in the 10th!
Crawford catches Porter with a counter left uppercut and knocks him down! Porter knows he’s facing an uphill battle on the scorecards and goes lunging in trying to make amends. Crawford lands a big right hand that sends Porter down again. He beats the canvas knowing the fight is lost in the cards. Kenny Porter is on the apron and throws in the towel, saving his son from the knockout that was looming. That’s the first time in Porter’s career that he’s been stopped.
Crawford vs Porter: Round nine
A clear Crawford round who lands left hands to the head and body. Every time Porter tried to lunge in Crawford was wise to it and caught him.
Crawford vs Porter: Round eight
A brilliant eighth round. Crawford starts very strong and catches Porter with a great combination. He follows it up with a streak of jabs but Porter grows back into the round and lands a looping right hand to Crawford’s temple. That was one of his best punches of the fight but Crawford responds with a hook to the body.
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