By Brandon Chacon (@brondoo34)
Shawn “Showtime” Porter (25-1-1, 16 KO’s) made his first return back to the ring since his loss to Britain’s own Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s). Porter, to many Americans was on the road to a potential Mayweather fight after dominant wins over Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi. Kell Brook however derailed all of those plans with a clear decision win over Porter back in August of last year.
Porter was scheduled to square off against Mexican Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 KO’s), who had notable wins against Breidis Prescott, Victor Cayo & Carson Jones. Garcia however, no showed at the scheduled weigh-in on Thursday and ended up ill and hospitalized. Promoters scrambled looking for an opponent and eventually settled on the little known Ecuadorian Erick Bone.
On a quick side note, PBC really needs to do something about those awkward walk-ins because watching fighters coming out with no entrance music and no entourage, just makes the crowd lose energy, but I digress.
Porter made a successful return to the ring stopping Bone in the fifth round of an action packed fight despite taking the fight on a day’s notice Bone was a live dog and didn’t just show up for a paycheck. Porter dominated the action but both fighters were trading hooks and throwing lots of power punches. Porter at times seemed frustrated seeing how good Bone was taking his punches. From memory, Bone is one of the best last minute replacements I have seen.
Bone kept taking Porter’s punches well and was able to stun Porter at times with his own punches. At one point, Bone was able to connect with a nice combo that backed Porter away. In the 5th, Bone went down once due to a hard push by Porter and it seemed like Bone may have twisted his ankle in the fall. Later on in the round, Bone fell once again but this time was due to a trip. Porter was eventually able to get a knockdown with a constant barrage of body shots, which left Bone visibly hurt. After the knockdown, Porter aggressively attacked Bone again aiming for that KO. Porter with a devastating combination was able to knock Bone down one last time, which Bone was unable to recover from. “Showtime” Porter improves to (25-1-1, 16 KO’s) and seems to be on the right track to make his return to glory.by