Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter fight results, highlights: 'Bud' scores late TKO in back-and-forth brawl

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Terence Crawford waited years to finally get the level of fight he deserved as a welterweight world champion and one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. On Saturday night, Crawford made good on his opportunity, surviving a ferocious effort from former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter to retain his WBO welterweight title after scoring a TKO in the 10th round.

In the early rounds, Porter was effective in his aggressive attack, taking advantage of Crawford's typically slow start as the champion gathers information to set up his withering attack as the fight moves forward. As Crawford started to dial in his offense, Porter rose to the task and met the champion punch for punch.

Crawford's adjustments continued as the rounds wore on, even as Porter fought his typically rough and tumble style of inside punching and lunging power shots. Both men suffered cuts over their eyes from clashes of heads, a product of Crawford's southpaw stance clashing with Porter's orthodox style.

The biggest adjustment for Crawford was dialing in a vicious body attack. Crawford's elite skills kicked into another level as Porter slowed just a step and he began to take over the fight in the final third.

In the 10th round, Crawford's power finally changed the fight. First, a left uppercut dropped Porter to the canvas. Moments later, Crawford unloaded with a combination to score a second knockdown.

While Porter rose to his feet after pounding the canvas in frustration, his father and trainer, Kenny Porter, jumped on the ring apron to call a halt to the fight at the 1:21 mark of Round 10.

Porter objected to his father's decision to stop the fight in the moment but was understanding when asked about the situation after the fight.

"He's doing what he knows he needs to do," Porter said. "I didn't expect that. We've never had a conversation about that. We've always had an unspoken understanding that if he sees what he needs to see, he'll do what he has to do. ... The punches were catching me too clean and my dad saw that."

Porter's father would claim that the result was a product of his son's failure to train the way he thought he should, somewhat undermining an impressive performance by Porter against one of the sport's absolute best fighters.

For Crawford's part, he claimed that the decision was the correct one and that he'd figured Porter out "in Round 1" and was simply breaking him down to the point where there was no doubt what was coming.

"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."

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Attention now turns to Crawford's next bout. He was long locked out of the best available fights at welterweight by his association with Top Rank while the other top 147-pound fighters -- including Porter -- fought under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. The man who holds two of the other three world titles at welterweight, Errol Spence, was in attendance and the boxing world continues to hope a mega-fight can be made between the two. If not, Crawford said, it may be time to move up in weight.

"That boy said he would never be at my fights and now he's at my fights," Crawford said. "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."

Elsewhere on the card, Esquiva Falcao scored a technical decision win over Patrice Volny in the sixth round after an accidental headbutt left Volny unable to continue. Falcao moves to 29-0 with 20 knockouts in his career. Plus, Janibek Alimkhanuly scored a TKO over former middleweight titleholder Hassan N'Dam. The Kazakhstan native put a beating on the 37-year-old before the referee stepped in and put a stop to the fight. Alimukhanuly moves to 11-0 in his young career.

CBS Sports was with you throughout the entire way on Saturday, so be sure to follow along with the live results and highlights below. 

Crawford vs. Porter fight card, results

  • Terence Crawford (c) def. Shawn Porter via 10th-round TKO (corner stoppage)
  • Esquiva Falcao def. Patrice Volny via technical split decision (58-57, 56-58, 58-56)
  • Janibek Alimkhanuly def. Hassan N'Dam via eighth-round TKO
  • Raymond Muratalla def. Elias Damian Araujo via fifth-round TKO

Crawford vs. Porter scorecard, live coverage

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Crawford (c) 9 9 9 10 9 10 9 10 10 TKO

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Porter 10 10 10 9 10 9 10 99


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Porter landed a nice jab and Crawford closed the round with a body shot. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crawford (86-85 Porter)

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Crawford kept the aggression and flurried before dropping Porter again. Porter pounded the canvas in frustration. Porter's father and trainer, Kenny, steps onto the canvas and calls off the fight. It's over! Official result: Terence Crawford def. Shawn Porter via TKO, Round 10

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Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter -- Round 9: Crawford landed with a left hand and Porter went down! Porter beat the count and appears steady.

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Crawford continued to find space to slip in hard shots to the ribs.Porter tried to flurry for the first time in the round and Crawford used that as an opportunity to find the ribs yet again.

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November 21, 2021, 5:12 AM
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Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter -- Round 9: Crawford popped the jab and followed with an overhand left behind. Crawford kept snapping off the jab, using that to keep distance and throwing the hook when Porter tried to close inside.

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Crawford again dug to the body. A ton of these rounds could be scored either way. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crawford (77-75 Porter)

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Both men landed hard jabs and Porter just missed with a wide hook. Porter landed two big right hands clean and then a third but Crawford cracked Porter to the ribs with a massive body shot.

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Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter -- Round 8: Porter landed a jab but Crawford landed a heavy left hand and they exchanged fire again. Crawford landed some heavy shots in that exchange, really clean connects there.

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Another good, competitive round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Porter (68-65)

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Porter clubbed Crawford with a right hand against the ropes. Crawford backed up and started to pop off his jab again. Porter again fired off a swarming attack, charging forward and throwing both hands as an effective tool that had kept Crawford uncomfortable through the fight.

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Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter -- Round 7: Heavy left landed early for Porter but Crawford took it with ease. The pace slowed a bit briefly with both man waiting for the right spot before Porter lunged in and threw a few inside punches as they clinched up.

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Crawford unloads with a good combination, landing some clean shots. Porter responds with a big flurry inside and this is a high-level brawl. Nice round for Crawford, however. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crawford (58-56 Porter)

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Crawford dug to the body with a left hand. Another clash of heads and now Crawford has a cut above his right eye.

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Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter -- Round 6: Crawford landed with a series of heavy shots early in the round, looking to make a statement as he bounces a few shots off Porter's head. Porter responds by swarming forward with return fire, not as effective as Crawford's work, but enough to show that he won't be backed down.

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Porter connected with a jab and right hand and Crawford flurried to close the round. Porter is fighting as good a fight as you could ask of him. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Porter (49-46)

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Porter dug to the body with two punches and landed a jab before flurrying with punches and forcing Crawford to cover up. Crawford smiled but that was a good moment for Porter.

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November 21, 2021, 4:55 AM
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Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter -- Round 5: Porter threw a jab and two right hands behind it and Crawford lands a heavy straight left hand. Porter swarmed with punhes in the clinch, forcing the referee to break.

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