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Will Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter Collide Later This Year?

Errol Spence Jr. dominated Mikey Garcia last month in Texas (Photo: Fox Sports)

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By Chris Robinson

Errol Spence Jr.’s stock is as high as ever following his commanding unanimous decision victory over Mikey Garcia last month in Arlington, Texas. Fighting on FOX pay per view, Spence had little trouble in handling the four-division world champion from Riverside, CA in front of over 47,000 fans inside of the AT&T Stadium. After 12 rounds, scorecards reading 120-108 and 120-107 twice saw Spence raise his record to 25-0 (21 KO’s), as well as his overall standing in the sport.

And another fight may be just around the corner. According to Mike Coppinger, Spence very well could be lined up with a September showdown with WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter. It’s a fight that has made sense for a few years now, and the pieces finally appear to be falling into place.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence’s Stock Continues to Soar With Dominating Victory Over Mikey Garcia in Dallas

Errol Spence Jr., pictured with trainer Derrick James, was too much for Mikey Garcia on Saturday night (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday night, inside of the AT&T Stadium just outside of Dallas, TX, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. made a third successful defense of his title with a commanding 12-round unanimous decision victory over four-division titlist Mikey Garcia on FOX pay per view. Spence was simply too precise, too strong, and too focused to let Garcia get any kind of momentum going as he cruised towards a clear-cut victory.

Scores reading 120-108 twice and 120-107 highlighted just how dominant and in control the 29-year old champion was throughout. Garcia, 31, tried his best to figure Spence out, whether in closed quarters or from a distance, but he simply didn’t have it on this night. Spence moved to 25-0 (21 KO’s) while Garcia suffered his first career blemish, falling to 39-1 (30 KO’s) as he goes back to the drawing board.

VIDEO: Errol Spence vs. Mikey Garcia Predictions From City Boxing Club in Las Vegas

Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia are ready to fight in Dallas (Photo: Stacey Verbeek)

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By Chris Robinson

In one of the year’s biggest fights, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. will defend his title vs. four-division world champion Mikey Garcia, from the AT&T Stadium just outside of Dallas, TX. The fighters are presently in Dallas promoting the bout and despite Garcia moving up in weight to accept the challenge, there are still those who are giving him a chance to win on Saturday.

When it comes to getting insight into big fights and taking predictions, there is really no better place you can go then to inside a busy boxing gym. Online you hear a lot of opinions, but often times it’s from people who have no real passion or connection to the sport. In the gyms is often where it’s at.

VIDEOS: Shawn Porter Speaks In-Depth on Defeating Yordenis Ugas And Facing Spence, Thurman, Pacquiao, and Crawford in the Future

Shawn Porter following his narrow split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, the boxing world witnessed another closely-contested decision, as WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter overcame a spirited effort from tough Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas to win a split-decision after 12 rounds of action. Scorecards read 117-111 for Ugas and 116-112 and 115-113 for Porter, in a fight that aired on FOX under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.

It was a very tense and tactical affair, with several of the rounds being hard to decipher as far as who should have won the frame. Ugas appeared to be more active in spots and began catching Porter with some telling right hands as the fight wore on. For his part, Porter boxed on his toes more than we are accustomed to seeing him, despite never seeming to mount any kind of offensive attack.

VIDEO: Shawn Porter Makes Weight on Fourth Attempt And Says he Never Underestimated Yordenis Ugas

Shawn Porter will defend his WBC welterweight title later tonight against Yordenis Ugas (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

It was quite the scene on Friday afternoon, as WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter shocked many by coming in overweight ahead of his title defense vs. tough contender Yordenis Ugas at their official weigh-in. Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) hit the scales at 148.8 pounds, over by 1.8 pounds, while Ugas (23-3, 11 KO’s) made weight at 146.6 pounds.

Porter was given two hours to re-weigh, and he did just that. After cutting his hair and stripping down to no clothes, Porter finally made weight on the fourth try, coming in at 146.8 pounds. His supporters and his team erupted with relief and celebration, but there is a big task ahead of him tonight in the form of Ugas, who was ripped at the weigh-in.

PHOTOS: Luis Ortiz Overcomes a Brave Christian Hammer in Brooklyn

Luis Ortiz defeated a game Christian Hammer on Saturday night (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Former WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz notched another victory on Saturday night, but not without some struggle. Ortiz (31-1, 26 KO’s) captured a unanimous decision over Christian Hammer (24-6, 14 KO’s) to keep his name relevant in the heavyweight discussion.

After ten rounds of action, scorecards reading 100-90 and 99-91 twice gave the Cuban heavyweight another important win. But those wide scores weren’t a true indicator of how much grit Hammer showed during the match, as both men were bloodied and bruised at various times during the fight.

PHOTOS: Erislandy Lara and Brian Castano Battle to 12-Round Split=Draw at The Barclays Center

Erislandy Lara and Brian Castano (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, March 2, former junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara and current WBA junior middleweight champion Brian Castano battled to a highly-competitive 12-round split-draw that was extremely hard to score. The action took place on SHOWTIME from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with scorecards reading 115-113 Castano, 115-113 Lara, and 114-114.

Castaño (15-0-1, 11 KOs), was able to outland his opponent (181-103) with power shots, yet Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) was the far more effective boxer, as he dictated the pace of the fight while landing 34% of his shots compared to 27% for his Argentinean foe.

PHOTOS: Gervonta Davis Returns And Blasts Out Hugo Ruiz in One Round

Gervonta Davis is back with another dominant win (Photo: Dave Mandel – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, WBA junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis defended his title with a dominant first-round TKO of former world champion Hugo Ruiz before a sellout crowd of 8,048 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The one-sided contest aired on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, as Davis raised his mark to 21-0 (20 KO’s) while Ruiz fell to 39-5 (32 KO’s).

With his promoter Floyd Mayweather watching from ringside, Davis made quick work of his late-replacement opponent.

PHOTOS: Keith Thurman (146.5) vs. Josesito Lopez (146.5) Official Weigh-In Ahead of Saturday Night Fight

Keith Thurman faces off with tough contender Josesito Lopez on Saturday (Photo: Stephane Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon, WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (28-0, 22 KO’s) and contender Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (36-7, 19 KO’s) weighed in ahead of their fight. Thurman will face Lopez inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and the match will air live on FOX.

This fight marks the end of what will be nearly a two-year layoff for Thurman, who last saw action in March of 2017 when he won a unanimous decision over former champion Danny Garcia. Lopez isn’t to be taken lightly, as he has been in the ring with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Marcos Maidana, Andre Berto, and Jessie Vargas, while holding victories over Victor Ortiz and Mike Dallas Jr.

What Are the Odds We See Floyd Mayweather Return to Face Manny Pacquiao in 2019?

Manny Pacquiao dominated Adrien Broner but will we see him face Floyd Mayweather this year? (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

This past weekend, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao successfully defended his version of the WBA welterweight title with a dominating 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Adrien Broner.

Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KO’s) was simply too accurate, too busy, and too determined for the talented Broner (33-4-1, 24 KO’s), who was held to throwing under 300 total punches the entire duration of the bout. This win comes on the heels of Pacquiao’s impressive drubbing of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse, who he dropped three times and stopped in the seventh round this past July.

Problem Solved: Pacquiao’s Legacy Continues After Dominant Performance Over Broner

Manny Pacquiao defeated Adrien Broner on Saturday night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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Boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) successfully defended his WBA welterweight crown against Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in front of a sold out pro-Pacquiao crowd in his return to Las Vegas after more than a two-year absence.

The 40-year-old fighting senator from the Philippines turned back the clock as he overwhelmed the much-younger 29-year-old Broner with his signature relentless style right from the opening up to the final bell en route to a unanimous decision win. The three judges scored it ringside 117-111 and 116-112 twice. On my most generous night, I’d give Broner one round, two at the most as he simply didn’t do enough to convincingly win any round as evidenced by Compubox numbers.

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquaio Hosts Media Day in Los Angeles Ahead of Adrien Broner Fight

Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach getting to work in Los Angeles (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and former four-division world champion Adrien Broner both hosted separate media workouts on Wednesday in Los Angeles, CA. Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO’s) will meet Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO’s) on Jan. 19 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME pay per view.

For Pacquiao, now 40 years old and the holder of one of the WBA welterweight titles, a fight with Broner is something he doesn’t take lightly.

PHOTOS: Caleb Plant Training For Title Shot vs. IBF Champion Jose Uzcategui

Caleb Plant training inside of City Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Team Plant)

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By Chris Robinson

On January 13, unbeaten 168-pound contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant will battle IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes, from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

Plant (17-0, 10 KOs), originally from Nashville, Tennessee but now living and training out of Las Vegas, Nevada, will put his boxing skills on display vs. Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KO’s), one of the biggest punchers in the division.

VIDEOS: Deontay Wilder Opens Up Following 12-Round Split-Draw With Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder Speaking at The Post-Fight Press Conference Following His Bout With Tyson Fury (Photo: Miguel Barragan)

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By Chris Robinson

The boxing world is still buzzing about the excellent heavyweight title fight that went down over the weekend, as WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury fought to a 12-round, split-draw inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Following the final bell, scorecards reading 115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, and 113-113 produced a draw for both men.

At the post-fight press conference, Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO’s) was reflective as he spoke on what he learned after 12 rounds with Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO’s). Wilder addressed his performance in the contest, gave his view on the scoring, revealed what he could have done differently, and also set his eyes towards a possible rematch.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Come Face to Face in London

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face off in London on Monday afternoon (Photo: Mark Robinson – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Monday afternoon, inside of the BT Sport Headquarters in London, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder came face to face with former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and there was no shortage of theatrics. The two men meet on Dec. 1 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a SHOWTIME pay per view telecast that serves as one of the biggest events of the year.

Amidst the back-and-forth trash talk, the 6’7″ Wilder and the 6’9″ Fury had to be separated by promoter Frank Warren, as Wilder shoved his British foe.

What Was Learned in The Aftermath of Shawn Porter’s Victory Over Danny Garcia

Shawn Porter overcame Danny Garcia on Saturday night (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Hassnain Tariq 

This past Saturday at the iconic Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, we had a thrilling contest between two of the top welterweight fighters of the world, as Shawn Porter overcame former champion Danny Garcia and will now look to go on to bigger and better things.

The beginning of this matchup showed how this thrilling contest was going to be an exciting, action-packed fight where controversy would loom. Both fighters had suffered losses to reigning WBA champion Keith Thurman, but coming into this match they were still top, elite-level fighters in the prime of their careers. The contradictory styles of each man was on display as they were battling in a high-stakes contest for the prestigious WBC title.

PHOTOS: Shawn Porter Overcomes Danny Garcia Via Close Unanimous Decision to Capture WBC Welterweight Title

Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia delivered a great, tactical battle on Saturday night (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Shawn Porter produced one of his most complete performances to date in defeating former world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia via close unanimous decision. Taking place inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and aired by SHOWTIME, Porter was a little bit busier and more consistent throughout the 12-round showdown, winning by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 twice.

Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) captures the WBC welterweight title with the victory while Garcia (34-2, 20 KO’s) suffers his second defeat in his past three bouts, despite putting up another very strong effort.

PHOTOS: Mikey Garcia (135) vs. Robert Easter Jr. (134.5) Official Weigh-In From Los Angeles

Robert Easter Jr. Faces Mikey Garcia on Saturday Night (Photo: Scott Hirano – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon, WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia came face to face with IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. at the weigh-in ahead  of their unification showdown. Garcia (38-0, 30 KO’s) faces Easter (21-0, 14 KO’s) on Saturday night from the Staples Center in  Los Angeles in a Premier Boxing Champions telecast that will air on SHOWTIME.

As the two men  stared one another down, Easter seemed far more animated while Garcia was stone-faced.

PHOTOS: Mikey Garcia Media Day Ahead of July 28 Unification vs. Robert Easter Jr.

Mikey Garcia (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia worked out for the media inside of the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles ahead of his July 28 bout vs. IBF champion Robert Easter Jr. Garcia (38-0, 30 KO’s) faces Easter (21-0, 14 KO’s) inside of the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in a Premier Boxing Champions telecast that will air live on SHOWTIME.

Garcia lives in nearby Riverside and is happy to be fighting so close to home.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence Jr. Demolishes Carlos Ocampo In One Round in Frisco, TX

Errol Spence  Jr. was dominant again on Saturday night (Photo: Stacey Verbeek)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Tex., undefeated IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. retained his title with a viscous and dominating 1st round knockout over mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo. Spence (24-0, 21 KO’s) was heavily favored heading into the match for good reason vs. Ocampo (22-1, 13 KO’s), who he had little trouble dealing with.

Towards the end of the first round, Spence pinned Ocampo against the ropes and unloaded a series of punches, the last being  a body shot that sent his overmatched foe to the ground for the count. And, just like that, Spence again delivered a star-turning performance.