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Danny Garcia still thinks he beat Shawn Porter

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By Dan Ambrose: Danny Garcia is having a hard time dealing with his defeat last Saturday night at the hands of Shawn Porter at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) lost the fight to Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113.

Garcia and Porter were battling for the vacant World Boxing Council welterweight title in a fight televised on Showtime. The judges were impressed with Porter’s aggression in the last half of the fight. That was the

Garcia looked good in the early going when Porter was wasting time trying to box him. Once Porter reverted to his normal attacking style of fighting, it was all downhill for Garcia from that point. Porter ended up outworking Garcia and impressing the judges with his pressure. It didn’t matter how talented Garcia was. He made a critical error of letting Porter use his volume punching to beat him.

It’s too bad Garcia didn’t take the high road by giving Porter credit for having beaten him. Garcia’s complaining just makes him look like a poor loser. Garcia is going to continue to periodically lose to less talented fighters until he learns how to fight harder in the second half of his fights.

As you can see, Garcia, 30, is having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that he was beaten by Porter. What Garcia fails to understand is it doesn’t matter how much talent you have. You lose when the other guy is more determined than you and is willing to work harder. In a nutshell, that’s exactly why Garcia lost the fight. He had more talent and punching power than Porter, but he was outworked by Porter, who showed that he wanted it more. Garcia showed the same weakness in losing to Porter than he did in his close fights against Lamont Peterson and Mauricio Herrera. Garcia was more talented than both of those fighters, and yet he deserved to lose to both of them because they wanted it more.

Porter vs. Garcia averaged 619,000 viewers with a peak of 690,000 viewers on Showtime Boxing. The co-feature bout between welterweights Yordenis Ugas and Cesar Barrionuevo averaged 447,000 viewers with a peak of 510,000. Ugas defeated Barrionuevo by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision in a fight that wasn’t entertaining due to the one-sided nature of the contest. The numbers weren’t huge despite the fight being a good one. There was college football, HBO Boxing and UFC going on last Saturday. With that kind of stuff running against the Garcia vs. Porter fight, it’s not surprising that it failed to bring in huge numbers.

The first fight of televised portion of the Showtime card between former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin and Adam Kownacki averaged 395,000 with a peak of 503,000 viewers. Kownacki beat Martin by a close 12 round unanimous decision.

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