Porter injures left hand in UD victory over GranadosWritten by Joseph Herron
In the co-main event of Saturday night's fight card from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, "Showtime" Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) grappled his way to a wide unanimous decision over the game Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs) of Cicero, Illinois.
The former IBF Welterweight title holder continuously forced the action throughout the contest, and seemingly landed the more effective punches during the numerous exchanges on the inside. Despite giving a spirited effort in the great majority of the twelve round war of attrition, the gallant Adrian Granados simply could not keep up with the torrid pace set by the more experienced former champion.
The 30 year old mauler from Ohio was effective in controlling range from a distance, then would quickly close the gap between the two combatants while working at a feverish pace underneath. Although Porter would often smother his own offense, there were enough clean punches landed to create entertaining exchanges between both aggressive minded fighters.
As the fight entered the final quarter of the contest, the proud 28 year old hispanic puncher began to gain his second wind and put forth some of his best work of the entire bout. But rather than going toe to toe with the live underdog from Illinois, Porter elected to play it safe and tie him up on the inside, allowing the third man in the ring to separate both fighters, consequently buying some time and creating a safe distance between both men.
After all was said and done in the squared circle, Porter seemed to be on another level than the brave Granados.
The final verdict from the three kings at ringside were unanimous with scores of 117-111, all in favor of the new WBC Silver Welterweight titlist, Shawn Porter.
Despite becoming Keith Thurman's WBC mandatory challenger with the win, and setting up a potential rematch next year, the victory didn't come without a price.
"My dad is pretty sure we broke the left hand, but I don't know," claimed the former IBF 140 pound champion after the grueling twelve round affair. "I hurt it around the 6th round, and by the tenth, everytime I hit him, I felt a sharp pain. We had to change the gameplan...my dad said to throw the right hand and land the right hand...I did the best I could throughout the rest of the fight."
It will be interesting to see if Porter can pick up another major world title in 2018.