Errol Spence Jr.-Shawn Porter wakes up social media

Errol Spence Jr.-Shawn Porter wakes up social media

Errol Spence Jr.-Shawn Porter wakes up social media

The contest was thrilling from the get-go and is now the standout candidate for Fight of the Year.

LOS ANGELES - Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter waged the possible fight of the year, but it was Spence who got the nod in an action-packed victory by split decision to unify two welterweight world titles Saturday night at Staples Center.

But Porter has been an elite welterweight for the past half-decade, rising to win the IBF title in 2013 before losing it to Brook.

"I was confident that I won because I feel like I pressed the pace", he said. This is a lifetime dream.

Spence said Porter's mauling style made him uncomfortable at times. He also became the youngest two-time super middleweight champion of all time. "I'm the only unified champion and the next fight I do want is Manny Pacquiao". Shawn Porter is a rough and awkward fighter. The pace rarely waned for the rest of the bout, with Porter constantly forcing a tough fight. Both men laid into the other with heavy leather and didn't let up at all as the fight progressed. But Spence landed 221 of those punches - 49 more than Porter. Spence was warned by referee Jack Reiss for a low blow.

He recorded the only knockdown in the 11th round when he hit Porter with a vicious left that wobbled the former WBC champ. Porter continued to jump on Spence and followed up with a left hook. Spence Jr and Porter were both caught, both recovered, and both had success.

"Porter was throwing a lot", Spence said. Spence came back with a straight left but Porter took it well and continued to charge forward.

It was an impressive follow-up performance for Spence, who shut out four-division world titlist Mikey Garcia in March in a high-profile decision victory.

Porter's plan mostly succeeded, starting with a dynamite third round in which he absorbed body punches to deliver his own.

Spence boxed primarily off his backfoot in the eighth round to deal with Porter's relentless pressure, but Spence could not execute on any opportunities. The fight was as close as it was entertaining, but Spence walked out of the ring with his hand raised.

It was more of the same in the 10th round as the frame was defined by Porter's overhand right and Spence's left.

Spence went all-out for the knockout in the 12th round and Porter obliged, bravely going to toe-to-toe with the strong southpaw who was widely known as the "Boogeyman" of the 147-pound weight class. The champions hammered away until the final bell to a rousing ovation from the crowd.

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