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American Terence Crawford, winner of compatriot Shawn Porter, by technical knockout in the 10th round, retained his WBO welterweight title on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas

American Shawn Porter takes a right hook from compatriot Terence Crawford during their WBO welterweight title fight on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas.

American Terence Crawford celebrates, with his mother Debra, his victory over compatriot Shawn Porter, by technical knockout in the 10th round, which allows him to retain his WBO welterweight title, on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas

American Shawn Porter, down in the 10th round after being touched by compatriot Terence Crawford during their WBO welterweight title fight on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas

American Terence Crawford retained his WBO title in Las Vegas on Saturday, defeating compatriot Shawn Porter, who announced his retirement after the fight, by technical knockout.

“I was ready to announce my retirement tonight whether there was a win, loss or a draw,” said Porter, former IBF and WBC welterweight world champion (31 wins including 17 by knockout, 4 defeats and 1 career draw) at a press conference.

American Shawn Porter takes a right hook from compatriot Terence Crawford during their WBO welterweight title fight on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

After having already defended his title four times, the last in November 2020 by defeating Kell Brook, Terence Crawford faced for the first time a boxer of his caliber, in the person of Porter, and the two boxers lived up to expectations.

The bout was stopped in the 10th round by Porter’s team, after Porter’s twice ended up on the ground.

Throughout the face-to-face, which proved to be balanced and hotly contested, both Crawford and Porter, 34, were mobile, active and dynamic in the ring.

They both suffered cuts to their eyebrows from accidental head butts, but that didn’t stop them from continuing as the bleeding was brought under control.

In contrast, the falls on Porter’s 10th round caused his father and trainer, Kenny, to quit the fight, much to his son’s chagrin and “Bud” ‘s delight.

“He didn’t prepare the way I wanted him to prepare,” Kenny Porter said of his son. “It’s like fighting blindfolded against this guy when you’re so outnumbered.”

“I did not expect it but I understand it. (Crawford) attacked me cleanly and my timing was not very good”, reacted for his part Shawn Porter.

The American Terence Crawford celebrates, with his mother Debra, his victory over his compatriot Shawn Porter, by technical knockout on the 10th round, which allows him to retain his WBO welterweight title, on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

“Who’s the best welterweight now?” Exclaimed Crawford, in front of some 11,000 spectators at the Michelob Ultra Arena, including a certain Errol Spence Jr., WBC and IBF welterweight champion, who did not appreciate these About and left the room at this point. He even cracked a mocking tweet about Porter: “If I was Shawn, I wouldn’t pay my dad.”

Although he didn’t dominate, as usual, the entire fight, Crawford was more precise and more in control, only to laugh when Porter gave him his best hooks.

“I was just the best today,” said the winner after the fight. “I surrounded him in the first round. I understood that I was keeping him at a distance and that he had to take risks to reach me. (…) He was trying to push me aside and push me back, but I used my angles to push it back as well. “

American Shawn Porter, down in the 10th round, after being hit by compatriot Terence Crawford, during their fight for the WBO welterweight title, on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Above all, he was a better finisher, sending Porter to the mat, and although he looked like he could keep going, he was still very touched. He suffered his 4th defeat, his first by KO, in 36 fights (31 wins, 1 draw).

This is the ninth consecutive knockout victory for Crawford (38 fights, 38 wins), who won the WBO title in June 2018 after a technical knockout victory over Jeff Horn.

The Omaha (Nebraska) native was also in his sixth welterweight fight, after fighting in the lightweight and welterweight.

He may soon have the opportunity to take on other welterweight champions, American Errol Spence Jr. or Cuban Yordenis Ugas (WBA).

Ref: https://www.la-croix.com