3 More Rounds

Porter outpoints, dominates Broner

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) came in highly prepared for anything Adrien Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) could produce, and came away with a unanimous decision win in the Premier Boxing Champions on NBC main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Porter, who looked much more comfortable than Broner from the start, established a busier work rate, landing 149 total punches in the fight, to Broner’s 88.  Though Broner looked for counter punching opportunities, Porter used his speed and head movement well to avoid many of those punches, while connecting with various right crosses along the way.

With Porter having stunned Broner early on with a right hand, Broner began holding obsessively during the fight, ultimately getting a point deducted in the 11th round.  However, in the 12th, Broner landed a left hook that put Porter down on the canvas.  Not looking particularly hurt, Porter got up and still fought well, despite losing the round.

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Ultimately, Broner’s defensive tactics just couldn’t give him enough points, with Porter getting the nod with scores of 114-112, 115-111 and 118-108. 3MoreRounds had it 117-109 for Porter.

“Coming out we wanted to establish the jab and establish that we were the better boxer. I think we did that over the course of the fight, and tried to stick in some pressure, as well,” said Porter after the fight. “We established our dominance and that’s what got us those scores that we got and the win.”

“Nothing surprised me,” said Broner afterward. “At the end of the day, great champions can take a good loss, just like they take a good win. I still will fight anybody. It don’t matter. I am a real animal. I came to fight today and I didn’t get the decision. But at the end of the day everyone here will take my autograph and my picture.”

In the undercard, 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) remained unbeaten with a third round stoppage of late replacement Phil Lo Greco (26-2, 14 KOs).

Though Lo Greco came out on the attack in the first round, Spence dominated the second round and a right hook sent Lo Greco down in the third. Moments after Lo Greco made it to his feet, Spence unloaded with a barrage of punches to score the TKO.

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