Shawn Porter beats Danny Garcia by unanimous decision to win vacant WBC welterweight title

In a battle of former pound champions, Porter did just that on Saturday by mixing an awkward storm of boxing and brawling to edge Garcia in a thrilling unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBC welterweight title in front of , ns at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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I thought I did enough to win, Garcia said. It was a close fight. The judges didnt give it to me. I busted my head on the inside, plus a couple headbutts on my nose. It is what it is, this is boxing. I have to sit back, relax and see whats next for me.

Shawn Porter beats Danny Garcia by unanimous decision to win vacant WBC welterweight title

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I tell people all the time, I dont make predictions, Porter said after the fight. I made a prediction and a hard one to live up to. I said I wasnt leaving New York without this belt, and Im not leaving New York without this belt.

The majority of the late rounds were as close as they were fun as both fighters let it all hang out and traded heavy blows in the center of the ring. In many ways, the fight was reminiscent to the , ebbs and flow of Shane Mosleys victory over Oscar De La Hoya in their epic welterweight title bout.

It was a good fight. Shawn looked like himself. I didnt see anything different in his so we should combine to make an incredible fight. Im ready for whoevers next Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter or Keith Thurman. I want any and all of them.

Porter , KOs, , targeted Garcias body throughout and used constant feints to freeze and confuse his opponent in a classic example of highspeed chess that produced a standing ovation from the crowd. He took home judges scores of and twice. CBS Sports also had it for Porter.

Shawn Porter beats Danny Garcia by unanimous decision to win vacant WBC welterweight title

Garcia , KOs controlled the early rounds with clean and hard counter shots as Porter began in an uncharacteristically passive by not using his jab and circling from the outside. But once Porter made an adjustment in Round and began to vary his , the more he began to make Garcia think and lower his output.

The same way that you called Danny out, Im going to call you out, Spence told Porter, referencing Porters interruption of Garcia following his February knockout of Brandon Rios that put the wheels in motion for Saturdays fight.

Porter outlanded Garcia , according to CompuBox, while Garcia held a advantage in power shots in a round fight that ultimately couldve gone either way.

Before Saturday, Porter last held a welterweight title in until he lost it to Kell Brook. It was Spence who stopped Brook in to win his first world title. Now, Spence looks forward to proving himself against Porter.

Thurman was booed throughout the night when he was shown on the big screen above the arena. IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. , KOs, however, was showered with cheers including after the fight when he entered the ring to congratulate Porter and hype up the potential of a mustsee unification bout between the two in .

There was some things missing tonight and those arent going to be there in the next one, Porter said. It wasnt necessarily about it wild. My dad [trainer Kenny Porter] wanted me to stay consistent with the body work and stay consistent with the pressure.

Porter and Garcia engaged in an absolute battle in Brooklyn, though Porter is the one who triumphed

BROOKLYN, N.Y. Known for his mauling that is often called dirty, Shawn Porter spent the past few months predicting he would show Danny Garcia something he had never seen before.

Both fighters had entered the bout having lost hardfought decisions to current WBA champion Keith Thurman , KOs over the past two years. But Thurman, who hasnt fought since edging Garcia by split decision months ago, was stripped of his WBC title due to inactivity following shoulder surgery.

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Porter closed in by dominating the final round and mauling Garcia, edging him on all three scorecards.

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I knew he was going to be accurate, Porter said. The game plan for me was to be accurate from the outside and show we could beat him without roughing him up on the ropes. He tried to out hustle me, mostly at the end of rounds. He did a tremendous job.

I think Im the best welterweight in the ision, Spence said. Im the truth, and I guarantee you I come home as unified champion. I definitely want that fight against Porter.

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Do I look worried? Porter responded rhetorically.

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