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Shawn Porter: I fought consistent, won the majority of the rounds against Ugas

Shawn Porter feels he did enough to deserve his win on Saturday.

Shawn Porter v Andre Berto Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

After winning a controversial split decision over Yordenis Ugas, Shawn Porter still has the WBC welterweight title. He sat down with the PBC studio crew after the fight to discuss his performance, and of course he defended his win, which, you know, what else is he gonna say? But he got into things and explained the game plan his father gave him.

“My dad does not shoot me any gas. My dad does not tell me lies, he does not blow smoke,” Porter said. “I’m coming back to the corner, my dad is telling me I’m doing a beautiful job of boxing. He says my jab looked beautiful, and just keep doing what you’re doing.

“We wanted to outbox him and then turn it on and press him, but my dad did not see a point in doing that tonight. Not that we wanted to fight safe, but that was the smartest way to fight. The way we fought for 12 rounds, no one’s ever seen me fight like that before. And I think that might’ve even thrown the judges a little bit. But whatever the case may be, I’m still the WBC champion.”

PBC’s Ray Mancini was very critical of the decision in another segment, saying, “I love Shawn Porter. He’s good for the sport. Charming kid, Ohio boy, all the good stuff. But he did not win this fight. He did not win this fight. He stayed on the outside, he did nothing. He didn’t do anything! He came in, he tried, this guy made him miss, countered him. He didn’t win this fight. It’s a terrible decision.”

Mancini asked Porter (30-2-1, 17 KO) about his surprising approach, which saw the defending titleholder box more and brawl less than we’re used to seeing.

“Honestly, I’m a little frustrated that I wasn’t able to get to the body as much as we planned, as much as I wanted to, even throughout the fight,” Porter said. “But as the clock ticks, you do what’s working, and what was working tonight was the foot movement. It wasn’t allowing Ugas to get close to me. It made him continue to reset and there were a lot of times where he would reset where I would just be able to pop the jab and continue to move.

“I think we fought a good, smart fight tonight. I thought we fought very consistent, and I thought that we won the majority of the rounds.”

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