Shawn Porter lifts world title from Alexander, Sturm blitzes Barker, Kirkland TKOs Tapia and more Saturday action!
By Ace Freeman (07-Dec-2013)
Shawn Porter W UD12 Devon Alexander
In a brilliant display of effort, Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs) captured the IBF welterweight title with a hard fought and spirited twelve round unanimous decision over now-former champion Devon Alexander. Porter came out full of determination and hurt Alexander several times in the third. The defending champ hung on but couldn’t manage the work rate to deter the younger hungrier Porter. After twelve rounds scores were 116-112(x2) and 115-113, all for Porter.
Felix Sturm TKO 2 Darren Barker
In a bit of a shocker, former world champion Felix Sturm upset and dethroned current IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker via second round TKO Saturday afternoon in Germany. Sturm started fast with an active jab and stung Barker with a short sharp right hand in the second that put the Englishman down. Barker was hurt and couldn’t seem to get out of the way of Sturm’s right and went down a second time shortly after. He beat the count and seemed to have his wits about him when the bout was waived off while Barker was returning fire. The win moved Sturm to 39-3-2 (18 KOs) while Barker slides to 26-2 (16 KOs) just one bout after capturing the title earlier this year vs. Daniel Geale.
James Kirkland TKO 6 Glen Tapia
In a brutal and scary slug-fest, all-action James Kirkland dished out a horrible beating to a very brave and gallant Glen Tapia in the co-main event on HBO. It was a great war in the early rounds with both men landing big shots but in Rounds 4 and 5 it became one-sided with Kirkland hammering away on an iron-chinned Tapia who was too tough for his own good. The bout probably should have stopped by the Tapia corner much sooner but it was allowed to continue and came to a violent end in Round 6 when referee Steve Smoger attempted to stop it while Tapia was helpless along the ropes. He ate two concussive punches at the end and was out on his feet. The win moved Kirkland to 32-1 (28 KOs) while Tapi slips to 20-1 (12 KOs) suffering his first pro defeat.
Erislandy Lara W UD12 Austin Trout
Matthew Macklin W UD10 Lamar Russ
Sakio Bika Draw 12 Anthony Dirrell
Enzo Maccarinelli TKO 7 Courtney Fry
Sadam Ali TKO 6 Jesus Selig