Prior to their highly anticipated welterweight clash, Shawn Porter vowed to bring the fight to Danny Garcia. After all, he has done that to opponents throughout his career as a master in the art of aggression.

“Showtime” didn’t disappoint this time, either. Judges ruled Saturday’s bout unanimously in his favor by scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113, giving Porter the vacant WBC welterweight championship before 13,058 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Porter was flat-out the aggressor, mauling Garcia at will and never truly letting his opponent counterpunch from a place of comfort.

“I tell people all the time (that) I don’t make predictions,” Porter said after the bout. “I made a prediction (this time), and a hard one to live up to. I said I wasn’t leaving New York without this belt and I’m not leaving New York without this belt.”

Now, it seems as though Porter is destined for another prize. While he was celebrating his victory, undefeated Errol Spence Jr. stepped into the ring, essentially giving Porter a taste of his own medicine by calling him out. Remember, Porter interrupted Garcia’s postfight celebration earlier in the year, paving the way for their fight. Spence followed suit.

“The same way that you called Danny out, I’m going to call you out,” Spence told Porter in the ring. “I think I’m the best welterweight in the division. I’m the truth and I guarantee you I come home as unified champion. I definitely want that fight against Porter.”

Shawn Porter [right]
Shawn Porter [right]
“Showtime” shouldn’t have a problem with that. In fact, he agreed to the fight right in the ring.

After figuring out Garcia early, Porter revved up his motor and mauled “Swift” while being the busier fighter the rest of the way. Porter was repeatedly able to close real estate between he and Garcia by landing a lunging left hook seemingly at will. At times, Porter would land the hook and follow up with stinging jabs that Garcia couldn’t answer.

Garcia was able to counterpunch effectively at times but he was never able to operate comfortably and let his counters fly. By the time Garcia figured out that he was going to have to fight Porter’s fight to have a chance, meaning letting his hands go, Porter had the bout wrapped up. Garcia, who arguably landed the harder punches in the fight, thought he should have had his hand raised.

“I thought I did enough to win,” Garcia said. “It was a close fight. The judges didn’t give it to me.”

Garcia had his moments over the first couple of rounds when he cleanly landed counterpunches, but that changed once Porter mashed the dash on his mugging, smothering style and asserted himself from the third round on.

By the sixth round, Porter was landing punishing body shots while also sneaking in a stiff right jab and a right uppercut — both of which found Garcia flush in the face. About 30 seconds into the seventh round, the action was broken up and Porter was given a verbal warning for head-butting. Garcia seemed visibly upset. Porter used the moment to spring to action, landing a solid right hook and a combination that rocked Garcia’s head back seconds later.

Garcia smiled as if the punch didn’t do damage, but Porter had a lot more artillery where that came from and Garcia wouldn’t grin again. Porter was the busier puncher, and it showed in a glaring way.

Source: SN