By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Former world champion Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) had to work hard to outpoint Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds in a welterweight world title eliminator and WBC Silver title fight. Scores were 117-111 across the board.
The 1st round saw neither fighter backing down and both let their hands do the taking with a series of ferocious inside uppercuts and hooks – the jab need not apply. Neither fighter took a break in the second round as Granados pressed Porter more during the round but ate an overhand right just as the bell rang for the end of the round and was left feeling dazed.
Fans in attendance didn’t want to blink as the 3rd round brought the same eccentricity and energy with both fighters showing a stance of bravado in the ring while goading the other to attack. Porter beat Granados to the punch in most exchanges, backing Granados into the ropes before unleashing his trademark inside combination punching.
The later rounds drifted away from Granados as Porter was the more technical and accurate puncher, bruising up Granados’ face with the straight jab and counter hook. Granados showed heart and grit in continuing to trade with Porter but the judges couldn’t overlook his lack of accuracy as he fell short on landing any meaningful shots against Porter. The final rounds brought more Porter dominance with Granados unable to hurt or trouble Porter, however Porter seemed content to coast form the 10th to the 12th round, throwing just enough to stay busy and increasing the number of clinches as Granados came in.
At the end of 12 rounds the judges scored the fight 117-111 x3 to Shawn Porter. Porter moves to 28-2-1, 17 KO’s while Granados drops to 18-6-2, 11 KO’s.
Former Heavyweight title challengers Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina battled it out in the ring for a chance to stay in the mix for a title fight in 2018. The early rounds saw both fighters wary of each other, throwing relatively few punches that landed and even had Breazeale on the floor from a slip serve as the highlight of that round. The middle rounds saw Breazeale lead with the jab and rack up the rounds as Molina remained stationary.
Round 7 saw Molina threw a vicious straight right that rocked Breazeale but failed to build on the momentum and let his KO opportunity slip away. Molina caught a strong right hook that forced him to take a knee the 8th and subsequently see out the mandatory 8-count and the round. His corner, however, saw that the end was near and pulled Molina out to spare him any further punishment and award Breazeale a TKO victory. The official time of the stoppage was the end of the round 8, giving Molina a new record of 26-5, 19 KO’s while Breazeale picks up a win and goes to 19-1, 17 KO’s.
In the first swing bout of the night, Titus Williams took on fellow undefeated featherweight Chris Colbert in an energetic fight filled with non-stop action. The early rounds saw both fighters trade leather and test each other’s chin. Colbert dropped Williams in round 4 with a right hook but Williams was able to make the count and see out the round. Colbert, sensing that he was ahead on the cards, began showboating to the crowd from the 6th round onwards while Williams couldn’t find an opening through Colbert’s defense. The 8th and final round saw a resurgence in Williams as he dominated the round from start to finish with a desire to finish strong and try to grasp victory from the hands of defeat, landing flush with lunging overhand rights and inside counterpunching. At the end of 8 rounds, the judges awarded the fight 79-72, 79-22, 78-73 to Colbert. Titus Williams picks up his first professional defeat and is 7-1, 2 KO’s while Colbert notches another victory and is now 7-0, 2 KO’s.
Female junior lightweight Amanda Serrano demolished Marilyn Hernandez to earn a first-round technical knockout. Serrano (34-1-1, 26 KO’s) came out aggressively and immediately stunned her opponent. A body shot dropped Hernandez (26-11, 17 KO’s) but she was hurt again quickly after the fight resumed. Serrano continued to charge forward and wound up dropping Hernandez on the end of hard combinations two more times, the latter of which prompted referee Johnny Callas to call of the fight with Hernandez in a heap on the floor in a ring corner. The whole fight lasted 158 seconds.
Lenroy Thomas defeated Ed Fountain via eight-round unanimous decision in a heavyweight fight. Thomas (22-4, 11 KO’s) earned scores of 77-74 and 76-75 (twice) to earn the win. Both men gave a game effort but it was Thomas who found more success boxing from the outside. Fountain is now 12-3 with 5 KO’s.
In the first fight of the night, bantamweight prospect Dylan Price blew through Trevor Ballinger, stopping him in 121 seconds of the first round. With the TKO win, Price upped his unbeaten ledger to 4-0, 4 KO’s. Ballinger still hasn’t notched a professional win and is now 0-3.