Brook outpoints Porter to claim IBF welterweight title
Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) defeated Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) by a 12 round majority decision to claim the IBF welterweight title on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The Sheffield fighter won by scores of 117-111 and 116-112 on two judges' cards, while the British judge Dave Parris scored it a 114-114 draw.
The rugged Porter started strongly but Brook began to impose himself and finished the stronger.
Porter forced the action in the early rounds and the Briton sustained a cut to his left eye at the end of the second round after being caught by the American's head, although he was never really troubled by the home favourite and was landing the cleaner shots in a sometimes scrappy contest that always seemed to be in the balance.
Porter suffered a cut of his own, above the right eye, and started to show signs of tiredness at the halfway stage of the 12-round contest.
Brook unleased several blows on the fading champion, notably an uppercut at the end of the seventh.
As they moved into the championship rounds it was Brook who looked the stronger and the one doing the chasing. He seized control of the centre of the ring and took up the role as the aggressor.
Brook continued to connect with several big shots in a dominant 11th round and finished impressively, getting carried on his cornermen's shoulders after the final bell.
"Since I was 9 years old, I've been training to be a champion," said Brook. "I looked scrappy, but I did what I have to do."
Brook earned his first world title in his second fight outside of Britain.
Also on the card, Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) defeated WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision. The judges scores were 114-113, 116-111 and 117-110.
Dirrell, a lymphoma survivor, clearly landed the harder punches in an ugly foul filled fight to capture the WBC 168 pound title.
Bika lost a point for hitting low in the 8th round.
WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs) stopped challenger Daniel Estrada (32-3-1, 24 KOs) in the 9th round.
Figueroa, who suffered a nasty cut over his left eye caused by an accidental head butt, dropped Estrada with a devastating right hand early in the 9th.
Estrada rose on unsteady legs and after Figueroa punished him with a flurry of punches, referee Raul Caiz Sr halted the fight at 1:00 of the round.
Other results on the card:
Deontay Wilder W Jason Gavern RTD 4
Haskell Rhodes W John Nater RTD 4
Jorge Linares W Ira Terry KO 2
Alan Sanchez W Jose Luis Ramirez Jr KO 3
Dominic Breazeale W Billy Zumbrun KO 2
Luke Campbell W Steve Trumble KO 2
Callum Smith W Abraham Hernandez KO 1
Jason Quigley W Fernando Najera RTD 3
Fabian Andres Maidana W Philip Soriano KO 1