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Video: Shawn Porter Talks Spence, Thurman, More

By Victor Salazar

Errol Spence Jr. was even more dazzling in defending his title than he was while winning it.

Spence battered Lamont Peterson until the fight was stopped a second into the eighth round Saturday night in the first defense of the welterweight title he won last year.

Spence had controlled the fight and both of Peterson's eyes appeared swollen as doctors checked him after the seventh round. The bell rang to start the eighth, and Peterson moved toward the center of the ring before his corner told the referee to call it.

Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) pitched a shutout in his first attempt defending the IBF 147-pound crown he won last May when he went to Sheffield, England, and stopped Kell Brook in his hometown, breaking the champion's orbital bone and knocking him down in the 10th round before Brook went to a knee in the 11th and the fight was stopped.

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Spence won every round on all three scorecards in a performance that easily backed up the accolades he earned in his title-winning victory.

He knocked Peterson (35-4-1) down in the fifth and hurt him in many other rounds, ripping punches into his ribs to set up hard shots to the head.

Spence landed more punches (161) than Peterson threw (158) according to final CompuBox stats and connected with over 100 more power punches — landing 35 alone in the fifth round.

Spence confidently threw his jab to get warmed up in the first, and then hurt Peterson with a body shot along the ropes in the second. They traded hard shots in the third with Spence continuing to go to the body and Peterson getting him upstairs.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Butch.McRae on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Ray*;18429290]I definitely agree with this, he has no one to fight until Thurman is back in there, and Porter is basically either waiting for that mandatory shot or willing to fight bums until Thurman is ready. Like someone else said…

Comment by Ray* on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Butch.McRae;18429244]Funny thing is Porter has nowhere to turn. He doesn't have an obvious opponent to fight while he waits on Keith for a "mandatory" (which is b/s because the WBC rarely enforces those). His fear of Spence will keep him…

Comment by ceylon mooney on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=HardcoreboxingG;18429248]You are so right doesn’t a unification trump a mandatory!! They don’t want that smoke��[/QUOTE] the alphabet bodies often set aside mandatory for unification.

Comment by HardcoreboxingG on 01-23-2018

You are so right doesn’t a unification trump a mandatory!! They don’t want that smoke��

Comment by Butch.McRae on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Ray*;18428962]I think from what i have heard and seen from both Thurman and Porter, they would do the rematch first before either of them entertain the idea of fighting Spence. I like Thurman's honesty about not being ready yet and…

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