Top Takeaways from Kell Brook vs Shawn Porter, a Famous Night for British Boxing

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Top Takeaways from Kell Brook vs Shawn Porter, a Famous Night for British Boxing
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Kell Brook did British boxing proud in California on Saturday, winning the IBF welterweight title by defeating the defending champion Shawn Porter on points after 12 rounds.

Brook, now 33-0, entered as the underdog against the undefeated Porter, who was coming off a big KO win over Paulie Malignaggi.

Many pundits expected Porter to walk through Brook in the same fashion, with The Ring Magazine's poll of experts seeing 21 of 21 predict that Porter would win the fight.

They were all proven wrong as the Sheffield man rose to the occasion facing the toughest test of his life, landing the cleaner punches all night long in the face of an onslaught from the high-energy American.

Surprisingly, the one judge who scored the fight a 114-114 draw as part of the majority decision was Dave Parris of Yorkshire—Brook country. Even more bizarrely, on Sky Sports in the UK, pundits Jim Watt and Amir Khan undermined their credibility by scoring the fight to Porter.

However, the two American judges, Adalaide Byrd of Nevada and Max DeLuca of California, scored it 116-112 and 117-111 to Brook respectively. 

I scored it 116-113 for Brook, with him winning Rounds 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11—Porter taking 4, 7, 10 and 12—and the second round even. 

There were a lot of close rounds that could be scored either way, but I would still be hard pushed to argue a case that Porter won the fight as he landed very few quality punches over the distance.

On Bleacher Report's live coverage, American writer Kevin McRae had a similar outlook, scoring 116-112 to Brook with no even rounds.

Here are the top takeaways from a memorable night in California.

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