It was clear early on that Shawn Porter had a chance, and as the fight wore on, even though Porter tired, and even though Devon Alexander did find some success here and there, Porter clawed and overcame any adversity, ultimately winning the fight and his first world title.
Porter took Alexander's IBF title tonight on unanimous decision scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112. BLH had it 116-112 for Porter.
Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO) shook up the defending titleholder early in the fight, and had Alexander (25-2, 14 KO) in a position where he had to simply survive in the second round. Porter couldn't keep up the killer pace that he held in the first four or five rounds, but when the fight may have been getting close in the middle rounds, it was Porter who emerged from the eighth round on as the man controlling the action.
It's a big blow for Alexander, who was hoping for a flashy win tonight to possibly throw him into the Mayweather Sweepstakes for Floyd's next date on May 3, 2014. It seemed to me that he may have been taking an approach where he was looking to impress before just win, and that might have cost him some early rounds, getting him busted up some in the process, and giving Porter crucial confidence in his first major fight. By the end, Porter sealed the deal, and a lot of people watching on TV via Twitter and our live thread had it even wider than the 8-4 cards two of the judges had, that I had as well.
Our live coverage continues here, with Judah vs Malignaggi up next in the main event.