By Marc Livitz: Shawn "Showtime" Porter grabbed the NABO welterweight title with a clear unanimous decision win over the very popular Alfonso Gomez. He was the far more active fighter tonight over his opponent who had in years past faced some of the "who’s who" of the boxing world.
The opening round, the unbeaten Porter’s quick lateral movement in addition to his crafty right hand set the pace, although Gomez was able to land some shots of his own. A clash of heads in the center of the ring opened a cut over the right eye of the Cleveland area native. Gomez connected with a short right hook to begin the second. The two traded a bit in the first minute of the period and they often switched up on their respective boxer versus brawler scenarios. Nevertheless, the fight was on its way to a very entertaining evening. The 31 year old Mexican fighter landed a few more power shots while Porter answered with a few combinations. As was the case with the beginning of the second round, Gomez landed another solid right to open round three. Shawn stalked his opponent noticeably more than in previous rounds. Alfonso did his best to keep his foe at a suitable distance.
Towards the middle of the fourth, the former high school running back connected with several powerful shots to the head of Gomez. As previously displayed, he was able to land upstair combinations, much in part thanks to his utilization of a snapping left jab. The fifth was a bit more even, but the story was easily the volume of punches from Porter to the timed and calculated shots from Gomez. "Showtime" appeared to have the former world title challenger in deep trouble towards the end of the round. Shawn landed several hard power shots and kept Alfonso up against the ropes. The first half of the fight quickly passed, as is often the case in crowd pleasing bouts. Porter’s overall output dropped somewhat in round six, but he still outworked Gomez, who had established an effective left jab.
Inside the first minute of the seventh, Alfonso landed a solid straight right, which oddly enough sent him to the canvas. He had collided head to head with Porter once again. Towards the close of the round, Gomez once again fell to the mat after a swing and a miss, but this was more of a tell tale sign of fatigue. Porter kept coming forward and he was using his broad shoulder stance to negate much of a response from his foe.
By round eight, although Gomez was far from survival mode, he was visibly beaten up. Shawn Porter would stick and move, but his opponent refused to stand aside. Alfonso’s jab was still present in the ninth, while Porter danced around the ring a bit more. With fewer than twenty seconds left in the round, the ringside doctor allowed Porter to continue the fight despite the horrific cut over his left eye. Replays confirmed another headbutt to the be culprit.
The action ceased after two seconds passed in the tenth and final period. Just as before, the physician in attendance didn’t find the gash to be worthy of stopping the contest. Gomez seemed energized for the last ninety seconds of the period, although a lengthy pause with a minute to go slowed the pace. Gomez had lost his mouthpiece for a second time. An exhausted fighter stretched his way to the end tonight. He took a pummeling, but let his young opponent know that he meant business. The fight went to the scorecards. Their respective tallies were as follows: 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92. Porter improved to 20(14)-0 with the unanimous decision, while Gomez fell to 23(12)-6(2)-2.
July 28, 2012.