Shawn Porter’s boxing style isn’t elegant, but it is oh-so effective. The muscular 29-year-old simply overwhelmed Andre Berto by sheer force of will, dropping the two-time former champion three times and stopping him at 1:31 of the ninth in their WBC welterweight title eliminator Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Porter put on a devastating body attack, and Berto deserves an exceptional amount of credit for standing up to them and fighting back the way he did.
But he couldn't avoid that powerhouse right, and the knockout punch sent Hatley (26-2-1) straight to the canvas. His cornermen rushed into the ring along with fight doctors, and a stretcher was brought over. But Hatley got up woozily after several minutes and sat on a stool. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Charlo, of Houston, celebrated a rather easy defense of the crown he won from John Jackson last May. "I used that jab to set up the right hand," he said. "I knew Charles Hatley goes down and he gets back up -- he's a warrior -- and I knew I had to get in there and be a lion." The crowd at Barclays Center stood nervously watching before realizing Hatley, 31, was OK. Then it cheered Charlo's strong
Tony Ferguson is the fighter who can give Conor McGregor the most problems according to fellow lightweight contender Al Iaquinta. Ferguson was supposed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209 in March, with the winner expected to challenge McGregor for his belt.