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Spence Edges Porter; Unifies WBC/IBF Welterweight Champion
In what was an exciting welterweight unification bout IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) of Dallas, Texas and WBC Welterweight World Champion, Cleveland's "Showtime" Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs) clashed Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in headlining the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View. It was a fast paced all action fight, Spence and Porter went non stop throughout the fight. In a non stop battle Spence and Porter exchange heavy shots and late in the eleventh, Spence sent Porter to the canvas but Porter continued to fight. Spence is knockdown and work output made the difference as the judges scored the bout 116-111 for Spence, 115-112 for Porter, and 116-111 for Spence made the difference as Spence becomes the newly crowned unified WBC and IBF champion.
Newly crowned WBC super middleweight champion David Benavídez (22-0, 19 KOs) stopped Anthony Dirrell (33-2-1, 24 KOs) in nine in the co-feature. Benavidez was too much for the champion as he stayed on top of Dirrell much of the fight. Dirrell was cut on the eye as Benavidez just kept the pressure. After nine rounds the referee had seen enought stopping the fight as Benavidez wins the WBC super middleweight title.
San Antonio's Mario "El Azteca" Barrios (25-0, 16 KOs) handed Batyr Akhmedov (7-1, 6 KO's) of Uzbekistan his first defeat winning a unanimous decision. Barrios scored a flash knockdown early in the fight. Boxing away Barrios kept his distance as Akhmedov stalked. With the fight close late in the final round, Barrios floored Akhmedov a second time securing a unanimous decision win.
Riverside's Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (37-8, 19KO) scored an eighth round stoppage over a shot John Molina Jr (30-9, 24KO's). Lopez dropped Molina twice in the opening round and outworked him going the body and landing the overhand right. In the eighth, Lopez attacked as referee Ray Corona had seen enough stopping the fight at 38 seconds of the eighth.
Former world champion and four time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (36-6-1) won a unanimous decision over Jerry Thomas (14-2-1, 8KO). The judges scored it 99-91, 98-92 and 99-91
Top prospect, Joey Spencer (9-0, 7KO), scored an impressive third round knockout victory over Travis Gambardella (5-1-2, 2KO). Spencer showed good body shots and punching power in route to the stoppage.
Jose Valenzuela (5-0, 2KO) made quick work out of Charles Clark (2-5-1, 1KO) with a blitzing first round knockout.
Middleweight Misael Rodriguez (10-0, 5 KOs) out of Mexico scored a third round knockout over Brandon Maddox (7-3-1, 5 KOs) of Detroit.
Welterweight Fabian Maidana (17-1, 13 KOs), from Argentina, and the younger brother of former WBA welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, came out on fire from the opening bell as he dropped Ramses Agaton (21-11-3, 11 KOs) with a straight right hand that put him on his back. Agaton quickly got to his feet, but after two more devastating knockdowns the fight was stopped. The official time was 2:07 of round 1
Middleweight Leon Lawson III (12-0, 5 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Alan Zavala (15-6, 13 KOs). Lawson dropped Zavala times as the referee stopped the fight at 2:27 of the 2nd round.
Junior welterweight Alfonso Olvera (12-6-3, 4 KOs) won a unanimous decision in handing Amon Rashidi (7-1, 5 KOs) his first defeat. Olvera pressured Rashidi as neither fighter was hurt. In the end, the judges scored it 79-73 and 78-74 for Olvera.
Dallas featherweight’s Fernando Garcia (12-2, 7 KOs) and Tony Lopez (15-7, 6 KOs) squared off. Lopez outworked Garcia in route to a unanimous decision. The judges scored it 77-75 and 79-73 twice for Lope
In the opening bout from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, super middleweight Burley Brooks (4-0, 4 KOs) of Dallas, Texas made quick work of Fabian Valdez (3-6) in the opening round in scoring four knockdowns.
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