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Errol Spence Jr and Shawn Porter emerge from the darkness to light up our screens with best fight of 2019 Errol Spence added the WBC welterweight title to his IBF crown in Los Angeles Spence knocked down Porter in round 11 but couldn't finish his opponent off  The unbeaten American's accuracy of punch was the difference on the night  Two judges scored it 116-11 in Spence's favour and one judge 115-112 for Porter

By Jeff Powell for the Daily Mail

Published: 00:14 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 00:14 BST, 1 October 2019

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First we had Billy Joe Saunders doing his level best to convince us how delighted he is to be defending his world super-middleweight title on the undercard of a YouTube circus act in America.

Then along came Nigel Benn recasting himself as Benjamin Button as he announced his comeback at the age of 55 and 23 years after his last fight.

Saunders is one of Britain's most talented boxers right now. He deserves better than playing second fiddle to someone who calls himself KSI, no matter how many million internet hits that shamateur fight generates.

Errol Spence celebrates in the ring after the split-decision result in his favour is announced

Errol Spence celebrates in the ring after the split-decision result in his favour is announced 

Benn is a British boxing legend and will have to forgive us for our concerns about his health when he comes out of the past to re-enter the ring in Birmingham on November 23, even though the chief medical officer of the obscure body sanctioning that fight describes him as 'the fittest 55-year-old on planet Earth and only 35 physiologically.' 

The hard old game suddenly found itself in a tough corner, until Errol Spence Jr and Shawn Porter came out of the darkness to light up our screens.

Those of us who stayed up Saturday night or set the alarm at 4am on Sunday were treated to the Fight of the Year of 2019 so far.

The pace and intensity at which Spence the younger and Porter the elder set about unifying the world welterweight title almost defied belief.

Porter (left) falls to the floor in the 11th round as Spence closed in on victory late on in LA

Porter (left) falls to the floor in the 11th round as Spence

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