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Spence Porter Post Fight
In a 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. In what was a non-stop battle, Spence's knockdown and work output made the difference as the judges scored the bout 116-111 for Spence, and one judges scored the bout 115-112 for Porter, and the difference was the 116-111 card.
Here is what they had to say:
Errol Spence Jr
It was a tough fight and I knew that coming in. I felt like I won. When I got the knockdown and I tried to get the knockout. He’s a true warrior and he came back swinging. I’m a naturally aggressive fighter and Shawn tries to make you uncomfortable. Stay tuned for the end of the press conference as both Spence and Porter started to exchange verbal jabs before the crowd got rowdy and it was stopped.
Shawn Porter The ManDown was coming for the ManDown. When I don’t win I can’t hang my head. I can’t make excuses. I felt comfortable the majority of the rounds and stayed poised. Kenny Porter - we want all the rematches. It’s not over. There’s more great fights in Shawn. Congratulations Errol.
Newly crowned WBC Super Middleweight champion David Benavídez (21-0, 18 KOs) talked about his stoppage over Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1, 24 KOs) in the co-feature. Here is what he had to say about his victory and regaining his WBC title.
It was a tough task to stop Anthony dirrell. I believe in my skills and now I’m 2x super middleweight champion of the world. It was hard fight, but my dreams came through. I have more experienced, and stronger than my first title. I didn’t win a vacant title , I took it from a champion. I was breaking him down with my jab. I could see it in his face, he was getting hurt by my jab. My job is to defend my title whether it is Caleb Plant or another guy. Jose Benavidez Sr. : I didn’t know anything about boxing. I didn’t know how to stand. It’s a blessing Everything you have seen, you haven’t seen everything yet. We want Caleb Plant. David Benavidez:
It was too young winning belt so young at 21. It was a blessing being outside the ring for a year
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