Stow High School graduate Shawn Porter falls to Kell Brook in IBF welterweight title bout

By Greg Beacham | Associated Press Published:

CARSON, Calif. -- Kell Brook waited years for a world title shot, honing his skills through numerous injuries and postponements. When the English welterweight finally got in the ring with a champion, the patient challenger had a perfect plan.

Brook won a majority decision over Stow High School graduate Shawn Porter on Saturday night, claiming Porter's IBF 147-pound title.

"Since I was 9 years old, I've been training to be a champion," said Brook, who collapsed to the ring in joy after the decision was announced. "I looked scrappy, but I did what I have to do."

Brook (33-0) outboxed the American champion with a smart game plan and consistent elusiveness at the outdoor StubHub Center south of Los Angeles.

Brook won 117-111 and 116-112 on two American judges' cards, while English judge Dave Parris scored it a 114-114 draw. The Associated Press saw it 115-113 for Brook.

"I thought that I was effective with my attack, but he was ready," Porter said. "I'm not giving any excuses. I want the rematch. I'll find him where he's at, and I'll take it from him."

Brook is much more interested in a lucrative matchup with fellow British champion Amir Khan, who tweeted his congratulations to Brook moments after the fight ended.

"Shawn Porter is a true champion, but I think Khan can get in queue now," Brook said. "I think that the British public needs to see this fight against Khan."

Dirrell (27-0-1), a lymphoma survivor from Flint, Michigan, claimed his first world title in a sloppy, flop-filled rematch with Bika (32-6-3), a Cameroon native fighting out of Australia. Dirrell tumbled to the canvas several times in the second bout, and Bika was docked a point in the eighth round.

"It means the world to me, coming off cancer," said Dirrell, who also survived a serious motorcycle accident in recent years. "I was staying off the ropes. I outpunched him, I outlanded him and I got the job done."

Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs), a rising star from Texas, put on another crowd-pleasing display against Estrada (25-3-1). Both fighters traded enormous shots in an exciting eighth round, but Figueroa dropped Estrada with one devastating right hand early in the ninth before finishing the bout with a lengthy flurry of punches.

Figueroa intends to move up to 140 pounds for his next bout.

Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) stopped Jason Gavern after four rounds in an early fight, shutting down an overmatched opponent to keep busy while he waits for his mandated shot at injured WBC champion Bermane Stiverne.

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