Shawn Porter backed up his words tonight on Showtime and is once again a world champion. Porter started the fight moving around the ring a lot, giving Garcia his preferred pace which made things difficult for him in the early going. That said, by the third or fourth round Porter seemed to realize that he needed to get back to what he’s best at and that made the difference in the fight.
Porter picked up the pace significantly by the mid-rounds and at that point just started outworking Garcia. It became a fight of Porter’s activity against Garcia’s well placed shots. The problem was that Garcia couldn’t get his punches often enough to keep up with Porter. By the end of the fight Porter threw nearly 300 more punches than Garcia and judges turned in official scores of 116-112, 115-113, and 115-113 in favor of Porter. I also scored the fight 115-113 in Porter’s favor for BLH.
In the post-fight interview fellow welterweight titleholder Errol Spence crashed the ring, saying was doing the same thing to Porter that Porter had done to Garcia in his last fight. Spence called for a welterweight title unification with Porter and Porter answered be telling the crowd that will be the easiest fight to make in boxing.
Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) said afterwards that he believed he did enough to earn the win but acknowledged that it was a close fight. He says he’ll get back to work and fight his way back to a world title. But tonight the WBC title belongs to Shawn Porter.