Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) slugged his way to a fifth-round knockout victory over Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
The scheduled 12-round Welterweight fight was the co-main event of Premier Boxing Champion’s first telecast on Spike TV.
The new Friday night show is called “Friday Night Lights Out” and today hosted an array of Al Haymon and Goossen Tutor Promotions fighters.
Tonight’s presentation also marked the debut of the new referee camera, which is a head-worn device that allows viewers to experience the action from the perspective of the referee and even the head trainer.
Bone was a last-minute replacement of Roberto Garcia, a much tougher opponent who was a no-show at Thursday’s official weigh-in.
Rumor had it that Karim Mayfield would be Garcia’s replacement, but it was instead Bone who took the last-minute spot.
“I obviously think it’s unprofessional to not make wait, but my thoughts go out to him and family,” said Porter.
Despite the replacement, the show went on for Porter as he completely dominated Bone in every round.
Porter began the early rounds by landing right hands and left hooks on Bone, but Porter did receive his share of punches.
“My mistake was in taking shots to give shots,” said Porter, who at one point landed a right hand at nearly the exact same moment he took one from Bone.
Nevertheless, Porter was too strong and too skillful for Bone and, after a successful assault to the body in Rounds 4 and 5, Bone was finally stopped by a vicious combination.
Porter also said that he was ready to take on all comers and, after a relatively quick win tonight, that may be happening sometime soon.