“Shoutout to everyone that came to support me last night I appreciate the love and support”, said Crawford after defending his title in style and being the first to knockout Shawn Porter.
The Pound-for-Pound King Terence “Bud” Crawford knocked out Shawn “Showtime” Porter in round 10 to retain his WBO welterweight world title in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,568 at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 20.
The fight which was much anticipated took a rather horrifying turn as the champion put on a full show to demonstrate why he is the champion after taking the fight to the challenger in the mid rounds.
Terence Crawford remains undefeated and the only boxer yet to knockout Porter after Porters corner rushed in to stop Porter from receiving such punishment from the unforgiven champion.
Crawford [38-0, 29 KOs] made the fifth defense of the title he won in June 2018 and was presented with the stiffest test of his illustrious career. Porter [31-4-1, 17 KOs], who has fought every elite welterweight of this era, made things uncomfortable for himself on the inside.
Crawford who looked shook in the first round said “I figured that I had the reach and he had to take chances, and he did what he normally does. He tried to maul and push me back, but I used my angles and I pushed him back at times as well. Shawn Porter is a slick fighter. He was doing some things in there and made me think.
I love him. Shawn Porter is a real good friend of mine. 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. I tried to fight the other champions in the division, and that didn’t happen, so I went to the next best thing.”
Porter led 48-47 on all three scorecards after five rounds, but Crawford took control in the second half of the fight. After a dominant ninth round, Crawford scored a pair of knockdowns, and Porter’s trainer and father, Kenny Porter, stopped the fight.