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Last night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, we had a wild triple header of action.  The first fight of the evening was the most exciting heavyweight bout since Wilder VS Ortiz, and it was a wild one, as Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KO’s) defeated Charles Martin (25-2-1, 23 KO’s) via unanimous decision.  Kownacki came out throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Martin, as he is known to throw punches in bunches, which is rare for a heavyweight.  By the third round, Martin looked like he was out of gas, but would come back strong in the 7th and 8th rounds.  The final round was wild, as Martin was badly stunned by a left hook and looked like he was going down.  In the final minute, Martin landed a big shot of his own which stunned Kownacki, but it would not be enough.  Kownacki wins by unanimous decision.

The second fight of the evening was a completely one sided affair, as Yordenis Ugas (23-3, 11 KO’s) defeated Cesar Barionuevo (34-4-2, 24 KO’s) in a clean sweep on the scorecards.  Ugas’ defense was impenetrable as Barionuevo looked completely lost in his US debut.  Ugas pretty much picked him apart for 12 rounds, en route to a unanimous decision victory.  He is now the mandatory contender for a welterweight world title, with the fight ending in scores of 119-109/120-108/120-108.

The main event was a barn burner, as Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) narrowly defeated Danny Garcia (34-2, 19 KO’s) to become the new WBC Welterweight champion.  Porter started the fight trying to box from the outside, which is not really his game, and as soon as Garcia landed a big shot in the second round, Porter became Porter.  Porter would smother Garcia with his annoying in your face style, not giving Garcia any room to punch, and took the middle rounds, which ultimately was the reason he would win the fight.  Garcia would come on strong in the end of the fight, landing clean shots on Porter as he was able to create some separation, and fight his fight.  Garcia was clearly the more effective and accurate puncher, but was badly outworked by Porter, which the judges ultimately favored.  Porter threw almost 280 more punches then Garcia, even though the landed punches were almost identical.

The final scores of the fight were 116-112/115-113/115-113 all in favor of Porter, simply because he was the busier man, and not at all the more effective puncher.  I scored the fight 114-114 which was the same as Steve Farhood’s unofficial score, and also the correct one.  Never the less, Shawn Porter takes home the gold, and sets up a potential bout with Errol Spence Jr to unify the WBC and IBF Welterweight titles.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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