LAS VEGAS (AP) – Terrence Crawford stopped Shawn Porter in the 10th round by technical knockout on Saturday night in one of the most anticipated fights of the year.
Crawford (38-0) retained his WBO welterweight title and extended his Nine KO or TKO streak in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,568 at Mandalay Bay.
Porter (31-4-1), who became a legitimate top-five welterweight, and was by far the best opponent of Crawford’s career, displayed relentless aggression in the opening rounds.
Crawford’s punching flex didn’t necessarily work when he turned to the left-hander early in the fight, as Porter adjusted accordingly and logged in often.
After playing defense and smiling more than punches, Crawford finally showed signs of attacking in the sixth round and woke up in the ninth and tenth rounds.
Crawford knocked down Porter early in round 10 with a left uppercut, then delivered an exclamation mark with a devastating right hook to the temple.
Porter’s coach and father Kenny threw in the towel and asked referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight.
On the undercard, Esquiva Falcao (29-0) beat Patrice Volny (16-1) by technical decision at 2:18 am of the sixth round, after the stoppage of the fight due to an inadvertent header. Janibek Alimkhanuly (11-0) went undefeated with a TKO in the eighth round against Hassan N’Dam (38-6).