Crawford recorded a ninth consecutive stoppage victory over Porter in Las Vegas with the challenger’s father forced to throw in the towel after a double knockdown in the tenth round
Terence Crawford recorded a ninth consecutive stoppage victory as he became the first man to stop Shawn Porter.
Crawford retained his WBO world title belt in devastating fashion with Porter desperate in his attempts to tame the speed and power of the champion.
But Crawford’s late dominance shone through dropping his opponent twice in a brutal tenth round, before Porter’s father was forced to wave the white towel and call a halt to the fight.
And the undefeated star was delighted with his latest performance and is targeting a shot at long-term rival Errol Spence in his next outing.
“I know I caught him with a good uppercut,” Crawford said. “When I caught him with another left hook, I saw it in his face that he was real hurt. His dad did the right thing by stopping it. I was coming with a vengeance.
“I love him. Shawn Porter is a real good friend of mine. I didn’t really want to fight him. We always said we would fight each other when the time was right and I guess the time was right for this fight to happen.
“I tried to fight the other champions in the division, and that didn’t happen, so I went to the next best thing.”
“That boy [Spence] said he would never be at my fights and now he’s at my fights, you already know who I want.
“I’ve been calling him out all day. Maybe I’ll go up to 154. Maybe if Spence gets his tail out of his butt, he’ll fight me.”
The fight began in promising sequences for Porter who established his jab and got to grips with Crawford who was clearly aligning his sights in the opening exchanges.
Porter got the better of the second stanza after the pair loaded up and traded whipping right hands as the contest began to heat up.
The tides appeared to begin turning partly as a result of an accidental clash of heads that left a cut above the challenger’s eye, as a wry smile crept across Crawford’s face in response to the pressure from his opponent.
But he was unfazed and began controlling the pace through the middle rounds switching his stance to provide new problems for his lively counterpart.
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Crawford suffered eye damage of his own in the sixth after another fortuitous head clash which showed Porter’s desire to continue his resolute aggression.
But the champion’s dominance began to take hold in the ninth unleashing accurate combinations at will as he began to pick apart the rugged defence of Porter.
Crawford attacked his opponent in the tenth with his left hand landing flush to send his opponent to the canvas for the first time in the fight.
And the assault continued with Crawford jumping on his opponent seeking an instinctive statement stoppage, crushing his opponent to the floor for a second time with a thumping right hand.
Porter hammered the bottom of the ring in frustration with his performance being outclassed by his opponent and this led to his father Kenny Porter waving his white towel to bring an end to a gripping welterweight clash.
Crawford’s latest victory is his 38th during his professional career and he has become the first man to stop his opponent who has also shared the ring with Spence and Kell Brook.