NEW YORK -- When Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter were maybe 8 or 9 years old in the late 1990s, they met as amateurs at the Ohio State Fair where Alexander won a three-round decision.
All these years later they met again as 26-year-old grown men and professionals, and Porter turned the tables, beating up Alexander in a unanimous-decision victory to win a welterweight world title on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Alexander-Porter punch stats Alexander Porter Landed 169 184 Thrown 628 642 Pct 27% 29% -- Statistical support from Showtime
Porter controlled most of the fight, which was the co-feature on the card headlined by the all-Brooklyn welterweight showdown between former world titleholders Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi.
Alexander (25-2, 14 KOs), making his second defense, thought he would be facing Amir Khan in a fight that was all but signed before Khan backed out in mid-October because he was the leading candidate to get a May fight with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr
In came Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs), who had never before scored a significant professional win, but did have a standout amateur career, gained tremendous experience as a Manny Pacquiao sparring partner and was in tip-top shape for the fight, which he won 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113. He was rushing in and I didn't capitalize on that, and that was we had planned on."
In the third round, Porter wobbled Alexander with a right hand early in the round and then again with a series of shots late in the frame. Louis, had a bloody cut over his right eye, perhaps from a head butt, and was having all kinds of trouble with the more physical Porter.
By the seventh round, Alexander's face was a bloody mess as he was taking shots and their heads were also coming together.
"I'm a very proud father tonight," said Kenny Porter, who is also Shawn's trainer.
Porter, of Akron, Ohio, suffered a damaged right eye when an accidental head butt opened a cut bad enough for referee Harvey Dock to call timeout so the wound could be examined by the ringside doctor.
Alexander suffered only his second defeat, also losing a technical decision in a 2011 junior welterweight unification fight against Timothy Bradley Jr
[+] EnlargeElsa/Golden Boy/Getty ImagesErislandy Lara, right, dominated Austin Trout on his way to a lopsided victory.
Interim junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara kept a jab in Austin Trout's face throughout the fight, outboxed the fellow southpaw technician and dropped him in the 11th round on the way to a lopsided unanimous decision in his first defense.
Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) won the belt with an action-packed 10th-round stoppage of Alfredo Angulo in June, getting off the deck twice to score the stoppage. In the 11th round, Lara nailed Trout with a clean overhand left and dropped him with about 35 seconds left in the round.
"My preparation was fine, he is just a really slippery fighter," Trout said. Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com that he would meet with Alvarez next week at the card in San Antonio, on which Alvarez's brother is fighting, and talk to him about Lara as a possible opponent for Alvarez's March 8 Showtime PPV fight.
Super middleweight Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) retained his world title on a split draw against Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) in a brutal slugfest that went back and forth throughout.
[+] EnlargeElsa/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty ImagesSakio Bika, left, went toe to toe with Anthony Dirrell to escape with a split draw on Saturday.
One judge had it for Bika, 114-112, one had it for Dirrell, 116-110 and one had it 113-113. His defense against Dirrell, a mandatory, was similarly hard-hitting.
Bika, as usual, tried to fight rough, shoving Dirrell to the mat in the second round. But Dirrell landed some hard, including a terrific fight hand and left hook that rocked Bika in the third round.
In the fifth round, Dirrell, 29, of Flint, Mich., nearly ended the fight, badly hurting Bika with a series of right hands that finally dropped him to all fours with about 30 seconds left. Bika hammered Dirrell with a left to the head and had him wobbly but Dirrell came right back and unleashed a right-left combination to stagger Bika as the crowd went wild.
Bika-Dirrell punch stats Stevenson Bellew Landed 170 167 Thrown 609 477 Pct 28% 35% -- Courtesy of CompuBox
It was a grueling fight and Dirrell got the worst of it in the 11th round. He also cut Dirrell over the left eye in the round on an accidental head butt.
"I feel like I was fighting the referee as well [as Dirrell]," Bika said. I caught him on the belt line and Dirrell wanted to milk it."
For the fight, Bika landed 170 of 609 punches (28 percent) and Dirrell connected on 167 of 477 blows (35 percent), according to CompuBox.
"I was the busier fighter and now I just want to fight the best moving forward," Bika said.
Said Dirrell, "I put on an A performance but I think I got the job done," Dirrell said. "I'm disappointed."
[+] EnlargeAl Bello/Getty ImagesJulian Williams's punches were too much to handle for Orlando Lora.
"Junior middleweight Julian Williams (14-0-1, 8 KOs) of Philadelphia blew through Mexico's Orlando Lora (29-5-2, 19 KOs), stopping him in the third round when Lora's corner threw in the towel.
Williams, 23, was taking on his most experienced opponent and had no problems, beating Lora him to the punch throughout the fight. Referee Eddie Claudio called off the fight at 34 seconds.
It was a strong performance for Williams considering that Lora, although stopped, had last longer in his previous two fights against Keith Thurman and Jermall Charlo.
"Welterweight Sadam Ali (18-0, 11 KOs) plowed through Jesus Selig (12-2-1, 6 KOs), en route to a sixth-round knockout.
[+] EnlargeAl Bello/Getty ImagesSadam Ali, right, scored another KO victory, stopping Jesus Selig in six rounds
Ali, 25, of New York, was 2008 US Olympian but his career stalled when he declined to sign with a promoter and had trouble getting fights on a regular schedule. He boxed circles around Selig and nailed him repeatedly with clean shots.
In the fifth round, Ali landed a chopping right hand that dropped Selig and hurt him badly but Ali could not get off another punch because the round ended. But when the sixth round began, Ali went right to Selig and landed a couple of clean right hands and referee Pete Santiago stepped in 22 seconds into the round.
"Light heavyweight Marcus Browne (8-0, 7 KOs) took care of Kevin Engel (20-9, 16 KOs) with ease. Engel went down to his a knee and was counted by referee Eddie Claudio at 3 minutes.
"Featherweight Juan Dominguez (16-0, 11 KOs), born in the Dominican Republic but living in Brooklyn, outboxed Camilo Perez (9-2, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a unanimous six-round decision, winning by scores of 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74.