Terence Crawford drops Shawn Porter twice en route to TKO win

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 20: WBO champion Terence Crawford (R) punches Shawn Porter during their welterweight title fight at Michelob ULTRA Arena on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford retained his title with a 10th-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

WBO champ Terence Crawford (R) punches Shawn Porter throughout their welterweight title battle at Michelob ULTRA Arena on Nov. 20, 2021 in Las Vegas. Crawford kept his title with a 10th-round TKO. (Picture by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS — Terence Crawford has long desired that huge battle versus an elite challenger to show his success. He got it Saturday and turned up huge.

Crawford dropped gritty Shawn Porter two times in the 10th round of a battle royal. After the 2nd knockdown, Porter’s father/trainer, Kenny Porter, climbed up the actions and asked referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the battle

Crawford stayed unbeaten with his ninth successive blockage. It was a dogged fight, with Porter’s pressure requiring Crawford to raise his video game. Crawford kept the WBO welterweight title Saturday prior to 11,568 at Michelob Ultra Arena with the blockage 1:21 of the 10th.

“Who’s the best in the welterweight division now?” Crawford asked triumphantly.

Porter more than had his minutes, however Crawford was landing too easily too regularly for him to endure those type of blows.

Porter’s pressure brought the battle and for much of the bout, they stood toe-to-toe in the center and exchanged huge blows. Crawford was the more precise puncher which’s in completion what led him to triumph and assisted him enhance his argument that he, and not very middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez, is the pound-for-pound finest fighter on the planet.

Completion was available in the 10th when Crawford dropped Porter early with a straight left hand combating out of the southpaw position. Porter was plainly buzzed, and recoiling when he got up, however real to his bulldog nature, leapt right back into the fray.

Crawford, however, is among the very best finishers in boxing and he showed it when the battle resumed. He was on Porter rapidly and while he was aggressive, he didn’t toss care to the ring.

He landed a mix, with a crunching right-hand man dropping Porter for the 2nd time. That led his dad to stop it, calling it “an easy decision.”

And Porter understood he’d remained in with a legend, who is now 38-0 with 29 KOs.

“He’s definitely the best of anybody in the world,” Porter stated later.

It was Crawford’s finest challenger without a doubt and Porter made him work for it. Crawford didn’t control a number of the rounds like he so typically has actually done, however he was client, clever and was extremely precise with his punches.

He entered into the eye of the cyclone and stayed calm, making Porter miss out on regularly and dropping in counter shots. However Porter’s pressure triggered Crawford more than a couple of nervous minutes and it brought the very best out of him.

Crawford was up 86-85 on 2 cards and 87-84 on the other after the 9 finished rounds. Yahoo Sports had it 86-85 Crawford.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.