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Shawn Porter announces retirement after TKO loss to Terence Crawford

"Why can’t I just ‘have one more in me and save it?"

After 36 fights, “Showtime” Shawn Porter is calling it a career.

Porter (31-4-1,17 KOs), 34, made the call in the post-fight interview after the tough 10th round loss to WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in Las Vegas.

Flanked by his father and long time trainer Kenny Porter, Porter was resolute. “I was prepared to announce my retirement tonight, win, lose or draw. Even if it was a draw. I was not going to do it again. I’m announcing my retirement right now,” Porter said.

It was a close fight early on, with Crawford taking the early rounds to figure out the distance, while Porter constantly darting in trying to pressure him.

It took some time, but Crawford (38-0-0, 29 KOs) started landing in the later rounds. At the time of the first knockdown in the 10th round, the judges had Crawford up at 86-85, 87-84 and 86-85.

Porter leaves the ring with two losses in his last three contests, but against top competition – champions Errol Spence Jr. and now Crawford. He is a former WBC and IBF welterweight champion with an impressive array of fights against most, if not all of the top fighters in the division.

Danny Garcia. Adrien Broner. Keith Thurman. Kell Brook. All of these fighters have shared the ring with Porter.

Porter currently does have his successful The Porter Way podcast and does broadcasting work with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and other organizations, so it seems there are opportunities waiting for him on the business side.

Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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