Shawn Porter defeats Danny Garcia to win WBC Welterweight Championship
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: September 09, 2018
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – As the year’s pass by the Barclays Center has increasingly become a venue for great boxing matches. This past Saturday was no exception as fans witnessed a tightly contested championship bout with two of the best welterweights in the division. Ohio native Shawn “Showtime” Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) took on Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBC welterweight championship in a closely contested match.
Before the first bell rang to signify the start of the bout Porter was jumping in his corner to gear up for one of the most important fights of his career. The first round was a tentative round for both men. Porter started the match using an in and out strategy allowing Garcia at times to land the cleaner single shots. In the fourth round, Porter picked up the intensity in the fight and began to land effective body shots while out landing Garcia. The bout was filled with close rounds that could have gone to either fighter. After six rounds, Showtime’s Steve Farhood had the fight scored evenly at three rounds a piece.
In the ninth round, Garcia was able to land some well-timed punches as Porter abandoned his jab while attempting to get on the inside. At one point in the bout, Garcia landed a double-left hook cleanly on Porter. Throughout the fight, there were times when Porter simply outworked Garcia landing body punches. Porter made it clear before the bout that he would attempt to land his right hand on Garcia. The Ohio native was able to land his right hand while moving in and out. Porter’s game plan of constantly changing his range and distance allowed him to keep Garcia’s punch volume low. The bout was going to come down to whom won the championship rounds.
The final three rounds came down to volume versus accuracy. Garcia landed many of the more telling single shots while Porter was able to out-hustle the Philadelphia native. After twelve competitive rounds, the bout went to the scorecards. All three judges scored the fight in Porter’s favor with scores of 116-112 and 115-113 twice. Porter is now a two-time welterweight champion and now holds the WBC welterweight championship.
The punch stats highlighted how close the bout indeed was and how the judges favored Porter’s volume versus Garcia’s accuracy. Garcia landed 168 out of 472 total punches at a 36 percent connect rate. More impressively, Garcia landed 139 out of 304 of his power punches at a 46 percent connect rate.
Porter ended up throwing 270 more total punches than Garcia. The WBC champion landed 134 out of 544 power punches at a 25 percent connect rate and landed 180 out of 742 total punches at a 24 percent connect rate.
In the post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray, Porter was greeted by IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence about a potential unification bout between the two in the future.
Now that Porter holds the WBC welterweight title there are plenty of options awaiting him including a fight with Spence. A rematch with Keith Thurman who formerly held Porter’s WBC title and still holds the WBA welterweight title could provide fans with another exciting night of boxing.
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