Danny Garcia vs Shawn Porter
Former world champions, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter, battle it out for the vacant WBC 147lb title, both still young, both coming off a comeback win or two after losing narrowly to WBA world champion, Keith Thurman.
The fight is highly anticipated, as Porter and Garcia are both considered top 5 welterweights, both likely to be far from finished after close losses. Garcia, as the two-weight, two-time world champion, is a slight favourite.
Garcia starts well, Porter takes a few rounds to impose the tactics he is known for, and Garcia seems to take the early lead with a few clean counters. Porter seems to turn the tables and swing the momentum his way in the mid rounds, as he uses his feet, but also thoroughly outworks Garcia, lands clean punches in bunches to head and body. Garcia and Porter go to war in rounds 9 and 10, Garcia, landing the better shots, but unable to hurt Porter, who lands more. Porter pulls away with a good 11th, doing a lot of good work, before Garcia finishes a closely fought last round strongly.
Both fighters are confident they have won, Showtime thinks it is a draw, Boxnation believe Garcia has edged it, and Garcia, seemingly more likely to get the benefit of the doubt.
The decision is unanimous, one judge scores a comfortable margin, the other two, score it close.
Shawn Porter beats Danny Garcia by unanimous decision, gets a career best win, wins the WBC title, becomes a two-weight world champion.
In the post fight interviews, Errol Spence Jr and Shawn Porter, freinds, with mutual respect, but also a competitive rivalry, agree to fight each other. Porter explains at the press conference, that the Spence fight happening next can't be guaranteed, but if it doesn't, neither fighter is avoiding or delaying the fight.