Shawn Porter vs Adrian Granados
Former IBF welterweight world champion, Ohio's Shawn Porter, takes on tough, durable Adrian Granados, on the undercard of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder's rematch against the fighter he beat for the title in 2014. The fight is for the vacant WBC silver title.
Porter starts sharply, moving, feinting, and landing fast punches, out working Granados and getting off to the better start. Porter is still fast on his feet in round 2, but Granados does a good job of hitting Porter on the counter, and making it hard for Porter to move back out of range without taking a clean shot.
Porter is busier and quicker to the punch in round 3, is very nimble, and let's fast combinations go at the right time. Granados is not discouraged by Porter's speed and energy, and he is able to have his say in round 4, but it is still Porter who does a lot more work, and seems to be landing the heavier shots as well.
Round 5 is another close one, as Porter continues to throw combinations at unpredictable angles, out working Granados, Granados, landing some return shots, but probably not enough. Granados lands a brilliant counter right hand, right on the button in round 6, Porter, still active, light on his feet, but being countered with the more precise shots.
Porter does great in rounds 7 and 8, moving backwards and forwards, almost impossible for Granados to catch, and Porter, attacking at the right times, landing clean, quality flurries of punches, Granados holds up against the punches, and is trying, but Porter dominates.
Porter continues his work in round 9, and seems to raise his pace and work rate if anything, Granados, having taken a lot of clean punches, and having to soak up a lot more punishment, but still holding up. Porter looks like he is close to stopping Granados, as he hurts him, but he doesn't put Granados down, and just as it seems to be going great for Porter, he suddenly backs off.
There is clearly a problem with Porter, there is a spring in his step, doesn't look gassed, but is using one hand when he throws, and doesn't throw often. Porter doesn't attack Granados in the championship rounds, he backs off, and Granados goes on the offensive, out works Porter and lands a couple of good punches.
Despite a bad finish, a strange finish, Porter impresses with his performance, and seems to have won comfortably, Granados thinks he's won, but that seems unlikely to be accurate.
All the judges score Porter a winner by an identical margin of 9-3, unsurprisingly. Porter and Granados both give great post fight interviews, Porter explains that he has a probably broken hand, which explains his poor last 2 rounds after what had been a great performance.