Brook nabs majority decision to grab Porter's IBF welterweight belt
08/17/2014 1:18 AM
08/17/2014 1:21 AM
Carson, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kell Brook earned a majority decision in taking the IBF welterweight title from Shawn Porter on Saturday night at StubHub Center.
Both fighters were cut near the eye due to accidental head butts over the 12- round battle that saw Brook (33-0) win 117-111 and 116-112 on two judges' cards, while the other judge scored it a 114-114 draw.
Porter (24-1-1) was in his second defense of the welterweight belt after defeating Paul Malignaggi his last time out with a technical knockout in the fourth round. Porter's record received a blemish after a draw to Julio Diaz in 2012, but he reeled off four straight wins from there leading up to Brook on Saturday, including a rematch win against Diaz and a unanimous decision win over then titleholder Devon Alexander.
On the undercard, Omar Figueroa (24-0-1) defended his WBC lightweight title belt with a ninth-round knockout of Daniel Estrada (32-3-1). Anthony Dirrell (27-0) then took Sakio Bika's (32-6) WBC super middleweight title with a 12- round unanimous decision.
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