By Tré Berry III | 09/24/2019
A look back to September 8th, 2018, and there was a vacancy with the WBC Welterweight Title after 🇺🇸Keith Thurman was stripped due to inactivity. The two fighters who were to face off for this belt were 2 of Thurman’s toughest challenges up to that date, and that was 🇺🇸Shawn Porter and 🇺🇸Danny Garcia.
Each boxer had their names further established in previous performances, and both were in a position where they had to win this fight, and this title to stay relevant in the hierarchy of the Welterweight division as it started to sort itself out. What we ended up getting was an interesting back and forth affair.
Danny approached the fight as he typically does, trying to shoot from the pocket, methodically placing his shots and setting you up for the big left hook. This was a fight where Porter had showcased his improved boxing IQ by realizing the best way to beat Danny is to bounce outside to box and counter him, while also darting in to fight him up close, bypassing the mid-range and taking advantage of Garcia’s plodding 👣footwork. Down the stretch, Garcia didn’t have the answers needed to adjust, and Porter successfully worked his way to a decision in what was a good fight. Porter became a 2X Champion by hoisting the WBC Welterweight World Title, and has been pushing towards fighting top-notch competition, while Danny Garcia has been stuck in a position, trying to get some good work in so that he can propel him back to a shot with one of the other 7 or 8 top Welterweights in the world to get back into the overall grand picture.