Porter outpoints Broner

21/06/2015 07:42

American Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) defeated countryman Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) by a unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Porter dominated the action with his non-stop pressure and won by scores of 114-112, 115-111 and 118-108.

In a battle of former welterweight champions, Porter went on the attack from the start with flurries of jabs and body shots to keep Broner on the back foot.

Broner was not throwing many punches and looked to tie Porter up at every opportunity.

As the fight progressed, Porter's physical strength advantage was obvious, as he was all over Broner and landing punches to the head and body. Broner could only land one shot at a time. After holding throughout the fight, referee Tony Weeks finally deducted a point from Broner in the 11th, although that did not really matter because he was so far behind on the scorecards.

Early in the 12th, Broner landed a powerful left hook that sent Porter to the canvas. But Porter got up and recovered well to fend off any follow up assault and claim the points victory.

"That's how you beat a great fighter intelligently," said former IBF welterweight champion Porter. "We did everything we needed to do in preparation for this fight, and coming out we wanted to establish our jab and establish that we are the better boxer. I think we did that over the course of the fight."

Former three-division champion Broner said: "This time I didn’t get the decision but it’s OK. At the end of the day, great champions can take a good loss and great champions can take a good win, just like they take a loss. It's OK."

Also on the card, unbeaten welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr (17-0, 14 KOs) stopped late sub Phil Lo Greco (26-2, 14 KOs) in the third round.

The 2012 US Olympian dropped his Canadian opponent and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage.

Spence was scheduled to fight Roberto Garcia but the Mexican pulled out due to weight issues.