Porter takes IBF crown

  • Last Updated: December 8 2013, 8:17 GMT

Shawn Porter shocked Devon Alexander by a unanimous points decision in Brooklyn to claim his first world title.

Porter goes forward as he claims his first world title
Porter goes forward as he claims his first world title

Porter, 26, took Alexander's IBF welterweight belt in what was at times an unattractive fight, as he denied the St Louis fighter the space to dictate terms.

Alexander was bloodied by a Porter shot in the fourth round and he returned the favour in the ninth, opening a cut which needed a stoppage for the doctor to check it out.

In the end though Porter stood firm and won with scores on the judges' cards of 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.

Porter said, "This is a blessing. We wanted to come out here and establish that I was the better fighter and we made it happen. I think I was able to control the fight because of my experience and I'm the bigger guy. We did what we had to do. I paid my dues. The opportunity was here and I stepped up to the plate."

Alexander said, "I'm disappointed. I didn't do what I was supposed to do. I didn't follow the game plan. He was rushing in and I didn't capitalize on that. And that's what we had planned on."

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