Walking into the Barclays Center the confident Shawn Porter stated, “After I beat Danny Garcia I want Errol Spence Jr. next. Garcia stated after i beat Porter I want to unify with Spence. Obviously Spence is the man everyone is gunning for.
Leading up to tonight’s fight at the Barclays Center, their was plenty of trash talk exchanged between both camps, but tonight is the night that all talk ends in the ring.
Garcia looked calm and posed in the locker room, as Porter looked extremely eager to get into the ring to make a statement. Danny walking into this fight knew he couldn’t give away any rounds to Porter being that he is a pressure fighter.
-1st round Garcia lands a clean right hand being Porter to the punch as Garcia tries to keep the fight in the center of the ring. By the 2nd round, Garcia looked solid on his feet as he pressed towards Porter applying pressure.
By the third round, Porter starts dancing around the ring as he is aggressively throwing combinations, mostly not landing, as Garcia responded with effective counter shots.
by the 7th round both fighters had found their groove as they exchanged vicious blows in a action-pcked round. Porter was throwing over 60 punches per round, breaking his punch record by throwing 95 punches in the 8th round. Although Porter was unloading his arsenal of punches in the 8th Garcia displayed some great defensive skills.
By the 11th round it appeared that the fight was even and leading up to a draw with the 12th round being the determining round.
After the final bell the judges awarded Shawn Porter with a Unanimous Decision victory over Garcia as he became the new WBC Welterweight Champion of the world improving his record to (29-2-1, (17 KO’s).
“I tell people all the time I don’t make predictions. I made a prediction and a hard one to live up to. I said I wasn’t leaving New York without this belt and I’m not leaving New York without this belt.
“I knew he was going to be accurate. The game plan for me was to be accurate from the outside and show we could beat him without roughing him up on the ropes.
“This title means a lot to me. It meant a lot to boxing and I wanted to be a part of that.
“He tried to outhustle me, mostly at the end of the rounds. He did a tremendous job.
“There was some things missing tonight and those aren’t going to be there in the next one.
“It wasn’t’ necessarily about making it wild. My dad wanted me to stay consistent with the body work and stay consistent with the pressure.”
“I thought I did enough to win. It was close fight. The judges didn’t give it to me.
“I busted my head on the inside, plus a couple headbutts on my nose. It is what it is this is boxing. .
“He was throwing a lot. I had my defense tight so it wasn’t effective. I thought I landed the clearer shots. I thought I won this fight.
“I have to sit back, relax and see what’s next for me.”
ERROL SPENCE JR.
“The same way that you called Danny out, I’m going to call you out.
“ I think I’m the best welterweight in the division. I’m the truth and I guarantee you I come home as unified champion. I definitely want that fight against Porter.”
“It was a good fight. Shawn looked like himself. I didn’t see anything different in his style so we should combine to make an incredible fight.
“I’m ready for whoever next. Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter or Keith Thurman. I want any and all of them.”