Sports Shawn Porter wins by unanimous decision
September 9, 2018 | 1:42am
Shawn Porter (right) delivers a left hook to Danny Garcia en route to a unanimous decision victory in Saturday’s WBC welterweight title fight at Barclays Center.
It wasn’t a pretty exhibition of the Sweet Science. It was more brute force and will that carried Shawn “Showtime” Porter to the WBC welterweight championship over Danny Garcia on Saturday night at Barclays Center.
Using a relentless attack that kept Garcia on the defensive for much of the night, Porter was able to score a unanimous decision before a crowd of 13,058. A former IBF welterweight champion, Porter captured the WBC belt vacated by Keith Thurman, who has been inactive because of injury.
All three judges saw Porter a clear winner: 116-112 on one card and 115-113 on the others. The Post scored the bout a 114-114 draw.
“This title means a lot to me,” Porter said. “It means a lot to boxing and I wanted to be part of that.”
With the WBC title, Porter can move on to a unification bout with one of the other title holders such as IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. or WBO champion Terence Crawford. A fight with Spence sometime in the fall seems more likely. “I want that fight,” said Spence, who witnessed the bout.
Porter’s fight with Garcia played true to form. The native of Akron, Ohio, said his work rate would earn him the victory, which it did. Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) threw 742 punches to 472 for Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs). Porter landed 180 to Garcia’s 168.
“I thought I did enough to win,” Garcia said. “It was a close fight. The judges didn’t give it to me.”
Porter had said before the fight that he would make Garcia miss many of his punches. But that wasn’t the case early in the fight when the Philadelphia native landed a hard right hand late in the first round and a counter right hand early in the second.
Porter was more boxer than puncher early in the fight, bouncing on his toes and trying to shoot his jab through Garcia’s upright gloves. It was as if Porter was trying to be more counterpuncher than the pressure fighter he was known for.
Porter got more aggressive in the fourth round, trying to lunge at Garcia and smother him with punches. But Garcia stayed quick on his feet, escaping danger before answering with an assault of his own.
Porter had no Plan B, so by the sixth round he was trying to mug Garcia, willing his way in close where he could attack the body. The two went toe-to-toe in the seventh, when Porter finally closed the distance and began scoring with damaging body shots.
While he wasn’t much on style, Porter was the busier fighter in the middle rounds, forcing Garcia to be on the defensive and fight backing up.
As the fight entered the eighth, both men knew the scoring was close, which raised their sense of urgency. Porter came in with his head down and arms swinging as Garcia countered with quick short hooks to the head.
A jab from Garcia would catch Porter coming in again, but that didn’t deter his will. He stayed persistent, especially early in the 10th, when he began to land with frequency.
Garcia, tough and durable, never wilted as he would mount a rally of his own to make the rounds close. He was able to score with quick flurries when Porter left his face exposed.
By the 12th round, it was anyone’s fight. Porter went right for Garcia’s body and generally tried to be the first to throw his punches. Garcia with blood trickling down the side of his head tried to rally late. But it wasn’t enough to sway the judges.
“He was throwing a lot of punches,” Garcia said. “I had my defense tight so it wasn’t effective. I thought I landed the clearer shots.”
In notable undercard bouts, Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs) of Brooklyn remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (25-2-1, 23 KOs) of St. Louis. Amanda Serrano of Brooklyn captured a world title in a record sixth different division with a unanimous decision over Yamila Ester Reynoso of Argentina and Yordenis Ugas of Cuba captured a unanimous decision over Cesar Barrionuevo of Argentina in a welterweight bout.