Crawford stops Porter in 10th to retain the WBO welterweight title
Las vigas Terrence Crawford stopped Sean Porter in the 10th round by technical knockout Saturday night in one of the most anticipated rounds of the year.
Crawford (38-0) retained the WBO welterweight title and expanded his streak in KOs or TKOs to nine in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,568 in Mandalay Bay.
Porter (31-4-1), who rose to be among the top five welterweights and was easily the best opponent in Crawford’s career, displayed relentless aggression in the early rounds.
The hitting switch flex at Crawford didn’t necessarily succeed when he switched to southpaw early in the fight, as Porter was adjusting accordingly and calling a lot.
After playing defense and smiling more than hitting, Crawford finally showed signs of attack in the sixth round and came back to life in the ninth and tenth rounds.
Crawford hit Porter early in the tenth round with a big left chop and then threw an exclamation point with a devastating right hook into the Temple.
Porter’s coach and father, Kenny, threw in the towel and demanded referee Celestino Ruiz stop the fight.
On the bottom card, Esquiva Falcao (29-0) beat Patrice Volny (16-1) by technical decision in 2:18 of the sixth round, after the fight was interrupted by an unintended rear of the head. Janibek Alimkhanoli (11-0) remained undefeated with a TKO of the eighth round over Hassan Nadam (38-6).
Adam Lopez (15-3) fought and condemned Ochoa (12-2) for not making a decision. The match was stopped due to a cut in Ochoa due to a header. Carlos Balderas (11-1) scored his second straight KO with a fourth-round TKO over Julio Cortez (15-4). In his professional debut, Tiger Johnson had a fourth-round TKO over Antonius Grable (3-2-1).
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