Terence Crawford doesn’t think his fight on Saturday night against Shawn Porter was competitive at all.
In the lead-up to the event, many expected this to be a close fight as Porter would be Crawford’s toughest test of his career. Yet, “Bud” did what he wanted and was outboxing Porter before he knocked him down twice in the 10th round and earned a retirement win. At the time of the stoppage, two of the three judges seated ringside had Crawford ahead by only one point, while he was up three points by the other judge. Yet, Crawford doesn’t see how that happened as he thought he dominated it.
“I didn’t think it was close at all, to tell you the truth,” Crawford said during their post-fight press conference (via Boxingscene). “I was out there doing what I wanted to do. You know, and once I got the look that it was close, I had to turn it up in that round and that’s when I got the stoppage.”
Although Terence Crawford thought it was a dominant effort, Shawn Porter thought it was competitive. He didn’t know who was winning but says it would close, but in the end, it doesn’t matter.
“I think this is one of the first fights that my dad didn’t really, he didn’t have the, you know, ‘You’re up. You’re down,’ ” Porter said. “We didn’t have any of those conversations. It was just we’re literally going round by round. My dad did an excellent job in the corner, gave me some really good instruction and some really good adjustments to make as well. You know, I think my execution was there, but my consistency wasn’t there. But through the 10 rounds that we had gone, I really wasn’t sure where the score was.
“There was some rounds that I felt like were definitely mine. And there were some other rounds where, you know, I’d get hit a little bit more than usual against Terence Crawford. So, you know, I automatically feel like, you know, that’s not my round,” Porter continued. “So, I wasn’t really sure where the score was. And, you know, my dad didn’t really give me a score. I think he was more so focused on, ‘Let’s take this round by round and let’s stay focused and let’s beat this man.’ And you know, we didn’t get it tonight.”
Do you think Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter was close?