BROOK UPSETS PORTER IN CARSON, WINS WORLD TITLE.
Shawn Porter came into the StubHub Center last night in Carson, as one of the hottest fighters in the sport. Headlining his first championship level card, the 26 year old Porter looked to make the second title defense of his IBF Welterweight World Championship against his fellow undefeated rival, Kell Brook, 28. As soon as the first bell rang, Porter put immense pressure on Brook and looked to out hustle and outwork on the inside. As the rounds progressed however, Porter was not able to sustain his pace as Brook gradually became more and more accurate picking off Porter as he was coming in. Kell Brook was the fighter finishing the championship rounds like a champion. Even though Shawn Porter gave a good effort himself and the fight seemed close ringside, the judges seemed to have awarded the victory to the right man.
The fans on hand in Carson at the StubHub Center largely booed the verdict. Shawn Porter is of course an American, has fought on U.S. television several times and was fighting in his home country against a Brit. So the crowd booing the decision should not come as a shock. What was a shock however, is that Brook actually got the decision. It is not often a foreign fighter comes into America against a undefeated, up-and-coming star and get the decision in a relatively close fight. With the victory, Kell Brook has won the first world title in his professional career and improved to a record of 33-0, with 22 KOs. Shawn Porter suffered the first defeat of his career, dropping to 24-1-1, with 15 KOs.
ANTHONY DIRRELL TAKES WORLD TITLE AWAY FROM SAKIO BIKA.
Last December, Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell fought to a crowd pleasing draw in Brooklyn. Their return match last night in California however, was anything but a crowd pleasing affair. The always rugged and rough Bika was up to his usual dirty, roughhouse tactics. All the 35 year old Bika could do though, was make the fight ugly. It was not pretty, nor dominant but Anthony Dirrell got the job done. Dirrell’s sharper punches allowed him to land the effective punches on the inside in the midst of all the holding that took place throughout the night. The fans may not have enjoyed this one, but Anthony Dirrell with definitely take the victory with a smile. Beating Sakio Bika gives Anthony Dirrell the first world championship of his career, as he has surprisingly become the first of the two Dirrell brothers to win a world title. Dirrell is now the WBC Super middleweight champion of the world, and remains undefeated at 27-0-1, with 22 KOs. Sakio Bika dropped to 32-6-3, with 21 KO’s.
OMAR FIGUEROA DEFENDS WORLD TITLE, REMAINS UNDEFEATED.
Omar Figueroa returned to his exciting ways Saturday night, scoring a TKO in round nine over Daniel Estrada to successfully defend his WBC Lightweight world championship for the first time. In the very same StubHub Center four months ago, Figueroa was booed by the crowd on hand in Carson for just escaping with a split decision in a very dull fight against Jerry Belmontes. Against a fighter in Estrada who came to trade punches, Figueroa was able to do what he does best: exchange punches. After being in control through eight rounds, Figueroa would drop Estrada in the ninth. The crowd in Carson roared as Estrada hit the canvas, and referee Raul Ciaz Sr. called a halt to the bout one minute into round nine. All three judges had Figueroa ahead by wide margins. As mentioned before, the victory for Figueroa marks his first successful world title defense as he remains undefeated at 24-0, with 18 KOs. Daniel Estrada was stopped for the first time in his career, and dropped to 32-3-1, with 24 KOs.
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This Saturday, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, someone’s “0″ must go. The undefeated, reigning IBF welterweight champion of the world “Showtime” Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) will match up with fellow undefeated challenger Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs). Brook will be coming across the pond from the United Kingdom looking to upset one of the best young fighters from the United States on his home turf. The 26 year old Porter won his world title last December in Brooklyn after upsetting former two division champion, Devon Alexander. Porter followed up his breakout victory earlier this April by knocking out another former two division champ, Paulie Malignaggi, in just four rounds. The two performances by Porter transformed his career from being just another young contender, to now holding a world title and headlining a championship triple-header to be broadcasted by Showtime.
Each fighter has a very big opportunity in front of him. Kell Brook has his first chance at a world championship, he comes from one of the most Boxing crazed countries in the world, the U.K. which is home to fellow welterweight contender Amir Khan. If Brook can pull off a upset not only will he have won his first world title, but he also will have set up a potential windfall of cash for himself. A fight between Khan and Brook, if it were for the IBF welterweight world title, would be the first fight between two British fighters for a welterweight title in who knows how long? Brook can lure Khan into the ring and climb from out of his shadow if he can pull off the upset this Saturday in Carson.
For Shawn Porter, as mentioned previously, this is his first shot at headlining a nationally televised championship card. Porter himself could set up a potential big time fight with his own fellow countrymen, Keith “One Time” Thurman. Both the Porter and Thurman camps have discussed a future fight, Thurman’s trainer Dan Birmingham called the potential fight “inevitable”. However, the only way Boxing fans ever see Porter-Thurman is if Porter can get past Kell Brook first, something that should not be easy. If Porter can beat the undefeated Brook after beating up on Alexander and Malignaggi, he will have set himself up nicely for 2015.
This Saturday in Carson, California we will see which fighters gets to keep his “0″. Porter-Brook will be broadcasted on Showtime.