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Spence clinches unified welterweight belts, beats Porter via split decision

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By Ponciano “John” Melo Jr. 

 

LOS ANGELES — Errol Spence Jr. is now the Unified Welterweight Champion after edging out Shawn Porter through judges' split decision in the main event at the Staples Center.

Both fighters put a dazzling duel much to the delight of the fans in attendance. 

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Photo by Ponciano "John" Melo Jr. 

Spence, the favored to win the match, had to go through all 12 rounds to retain his unbeaten boxing record (26-0) and now holds the IBF and WBF Welterweight weights.

A strong left hand sent Porter down in the 11th round, a big boost to Spence to score points as both boxers continued throwing punches in the last round.

They went head-to-head since the first bell as the underdog Porter delivered to Spence a close distance fight, the unorthodox style of Porter caused trouble for Spence but he managed to survive his foes trading blows by blows in a non-stop 12-round action.

The judges scored the match 116-111, 116-11, 115-112 in favor of Spence.

He dealt Porter his third defeat in 30 wins as the opponent proved to be his biggest test so far in his rising career.

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