In a very captivating Showtime Boxing main event, Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) captured the vacant WBC welterweight title with a closely contested unanimous decision over Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) in front of more than 13,000 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The three scorecards read 116-112, 115-113, and 115-113 for “Showtime” Shawn, but the judges only unanimously agreed on four of the rounds. In the aftermath, Porter had an in-ring square off with IBF champion Errol Spence Jr (24-0, 21 KOs), as fans can start to salivate at the possibility of a unification bout between these two.
Garcia got off to a good start in the early rounds, landing by far the cleaner shots against Porter, who was very willing to fight at Garcia’s range. His trademark pressuring, bullrush style also didn’t yield much meaningful offense. Porter was more aggressive in round 4 and might have had Garcia buzzed with a couple of power punches to Danny’s head, and he got off good body shots. Garcia answered back with his own solid shots, in what was the most entertaining bit of action up to that point.
Porter’s forward movement and roughhousing yielded a brief pause in round 7 when he clashed heads with Garcia. However, throughout the round Porter was on the offensive and connecting with heavy blows to the head and body, backing Garcia up to the ropes at times. Garcia was able to weather the storm, but it was the second straight round that Porter was able to get the better of him. Porter’s body shots appeared to be steadily wearing Garcia down, although the Philly native had his moments with counters off of wild exchanges.
Round 9 was tense and tight, with Garcia connecting on multiple left hooks, as Porter wasn’t as active or accurate with his punches. Round 10 was an outright war, with ridiculously violent exchanges and little to separate the two. Their chins were excellent, and the fans at Barclays Center loved it. It was really too close to call as the 12th and final round began. It was a tremendous display of heart, guys, stylistic clashes, and in the end, it was Porter who had his hand raised.
Garcia has now lost two of his last three. He has been the beneficiary of tight scores in his favor, but it looks like the breaks have gone against him in recent times. As for Porter, he’s won three straight since his loss to Keith Thurman, and he continues to show that while he’s not a masterful technical boxer, he remains a tough out for anyone.