Errol Spence Jr. found himself in a dogfight with Shawn Porter, fighting for his life at times as the WBC welterweight champion swarmed him with the pressure he’s become known for. When the dust settled, Spence showed why he is the best in boxing today.
Spence won a split decision victory over an aggressive Porter in which the real winners were those who watched it live at Staples Center and on pay-per-view.
Two judges ringside scored it 116-111 for Spence while the other scored it 115-112 for Porter in a decision that was met with a mixture of cheers and boos from the crowd. Complex Sports scored it 115-112 for Spence.
“Shawn Porter is a rough and awkward fighter,” Spence said. “I didn’t get off what I wanted to. He’s a true champion. He made it tough.”
The strategy for Porter to pull off the upset was simple: make Spence uncomfortable, use his smaller frame to his advantage, and give Spence looks he had never seen before. And Porter succeeded for nearly all of the fight, snapping Spence’s head back on numerous occasions and mauling him every chance he got. But the big difference in the fight was the 11th round knockdown Porter suffered when he caught a clear left from Spence that left him wobbly, forcing him to drop his glove to the canvas.
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When the bell sounded to begin the 12th, everyone in the arena was standing and roaring as they tore into each other yet again. It was a classic battle in which each man poured his heart out in their bid to win.
What’s next for Spence Jr? Maybe a showdown with Danny Garcia.
FOX Sports reporter Heidi Androl confirmed after Spence’s fight with Shawn Porter that Garcia was next for Spence and that could happen as soon as January.