Shawn Porter vs Adrian Granados
Former IBF world champion, Ohio's Shawn Porter, takes on tough guy Adrian Granados, for the WBC silver title, on the undercard of Wilder vs Stiverne II.
Porter starts, nimble, active, lands the jab, proves the stronger, has more success early, though Granados impresses with a good second round, out landing a ragged Porter.
Porter, faster on his feet, behind a better jab, a more experienced boxer at this level, slowly but convincingly taking over in rounds 3-5.
Granados lands some great counter shots in round 6, a particular eye cathcing right hand impresses, whilst Porter, still busy, not without success, far from it.
Porter looks like he is dominating in round 7, moving well, looking fresh, fast, defending well, and doing damage with hard, accurate power shots, Granados, still brave, still trying, but looking unable to stay in the fight. Porter continues to put up a masterclass display in rounds 8 and 9.
Porter seems like he senses he can stop Granados in round 10, and that doesn't look unlikely, as Porter nails him with massive punches, looking not so far away from a stoppage, midway through the round, but Porter, strangely, begins to constantly wince throughout the rest of the round, lose a lot of sharpness, lose a lot of composure.
Porter's clear frustration, extreme irritation declines his performance in the last 2 rounds, and Granados, a very long way behind, giving it everything, trying to rally, still he is hit with a lot of clean shots, hit with more pucnhes than he lands in round 11, as Porter lands 3 short, clean right uppercuts to the head in the middle of the round. Porter seems as if he being restricted from performing to the best of his physical and technical ability in the last round, as he is caught with a lot of pucnhes, punches he takes well, and he himself doesn't produce the quality he had earlier, it seems very likely Granados has narrowed the gap in the last round or two.
It is clear that Shawn Porter has won the fight, and by a sizeable margin, SkySports pundit, former world title contender, Matthew Macklin has Shawn Porter winning by a massive count of 11 points, many suggest it is a fair bit closer, but very few if any agree witn Granados, who clearly believes he he done enough to win the fight.
Shawn Porter is awarded a unanimous decision victory, by three identical scores of 6 points, fair scores, suggesting Porter won comfortably, it was not a close fight, but Granados, winning enough to make a 6 round fight a draw, certainly in the fight. Granados is gracious in defeat, and discourages dangerous crime in his post fight interview, which is good to see. Porter, needing ice on his left hand, confirms it is likely he has a broken hand, but goes home with a good victory, having won the silver title.
Unofficial scorecards outside of Eye on the ring.
Bad Left Hook: 117-111 Porter