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VIDEO: Errol Spence and Yordenis Ugas Face off Following Weigh-in Ahead of SHOWTIME PPV Bout

Errol Spence Jr. (left) and Yordenis Ugas face off on Saturday night in Arlington, TX (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBA champion Yordenis Ugas will face off in a unification showdown set to be aired on SHOWTIME pay per view.

At Friday’s weigh-in, Spence (27-0, 21 KO’s) came in weighing 146.5 pounds while Ugas (27-4, 21 KO’s) hit the scales at 146.75 pounds. Both men appear to be in tremendous shape and this should figure to be a fast-paced, high-level action fight.

PHOTOS: Yordenis Ugas Training for April 16 Errol Spence PPV Clash

Yordenis Ugas trains for Errol Spence Jr. (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas recently hosted a media workout in Las Vegas, NV ahead of his April 16 clash vs. IBF/WBC champion Errol Spence Jr. The two men will face off inside of the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, in a Premier Boxing Champions event set to be aired on SHOWTIME pay per view.

Ugas is preparing for the Spence clash inside of the Salas Boxing Academy in Las Vegas, NV, with trainer Ismael Salas. The pair have had a great run of success, which has included Ugas (27-4, 12 KO’s) going on a very formidable streak over the past five years that has seen him defeat a bevy of undefeated fighters, while also challenging some of the division’s biggest names.

Enigmatic Keith Thurman Remains Intriguing Player at the Elite Leve

Keith Thurman defeated Mario Barrios earlier this month (Photo: Ryan Hafey – Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

No matter how you cut it, it’s always great having someone like Keith Thurman around the sport of boxing.

Thurman (30-1, 22 KO’s) is quite the enigma. I recall the Clearwater, FL native making some noise back in the Tampa area in the late 2000’s, and that buzz carried over as Thurman began piling up wins, fighting more and more outside of his home state, and marching up boxing’s ladder.

PHOTOS: Gervonta Davis Overcomes Tough Challenge From Isaac Cruz in Los Angeles

Gervonta Davis defeated Isaac Cruz on Sunday night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Sunday night, Dec. 5, WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis was faced with a stiff test in the form of once-beaten contender Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz. Davis emerged victorious after 12 fast-paced rounds in front of a sold-out, star-studded crowd inside of the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Scorecards read 116-112 and two scores of 115-113, all for Davis. Cruz came out the gates and set a fast pace that Davis happily obliged. There were several moments of intense action, with much of the fight being a physical battle.

What is Next for Terence Crawford Following His Emphatic TKO Victory Over Shawn Porter?

Terence Crawford stopped Shawn Porter in the 10th round on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank/Getty)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday night, inside of the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV, we saw Terence Crawford perform under his biggest stage against his most accomplished opponent to date in Shawn Porter.

And Crawford definitely delivered, ultimately scoring a 10th round TKO victory, but nothing came easy on this night. With the win, Crawford (38-0, 29 KO’s) also scored a fifth successful defense of this WBO welterweight title, yet Porter (31-4-1, 17 KO’s) also has much to hold his head high about after another valiant effort vs. another elite fighter.

Canelo Alvarez (168) and Caleb Plant (167) Weigh in Ahead of Historic Unification [VIDEO]

Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant facing off on Friday at their weigh-in  (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, WBA/WBC/WBO super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and IBF champion Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant will meet inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in a historic unification showdown. SHOWTIME pay per view will televise the Premier Boxing Champions event.

Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KO’s) came in at 168 pounds, while Plant (21-0, 12 KO’s) came in weighing 167. Both men appear to be in tremendous physical shape and this figures to be a real tactical, intense affair.

VIDEO: Tyson Fury Discusses Trilogy Showdown With Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury in Las Vegas (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury returns to the ring this weekend in Las Vegas, where he will settle a long-running rivalry with former champion Deontay Wilder.

Fury (31-0-1, 21 KO’s) will meet Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) inside of the T-Mobile Arena in a joint ESPN/FOX pay per view venture that will surely shake up the division once again. The two men fought to a hotly-contested split-draw in December of 2018 in Los Angeles, as Wilder scored two knockdowns but appeared to be outboxed much of the fight. The rematch saw Fury score two knockdowns and register a commanding seventh-round TKO victory.

Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas Official Weigh-In From Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Manny Pacquio and Yordenis Ugas facing off in Las Vegas (Photo: Ryan Hafey / Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas will headline a FOX pay per view event.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) was originally slated to face Errol Spence Jr., only to see the fight slip away after the Dallas native and reigning IBF/WBC welterweight champion suffered a torn retina eleven days before the August 21 target date. Ugas (26-4, 12 KO’s) is not your oridinary replacement, however, and holds wins over Omar Figueroa Jr., Abel Ramos, Jamal James, and Bryant Perrella, while also arguably winning his March 2019 battle with Shawn Porter (Ugas lost a split-decision).

Keith Thurman Addresses Gervonta Davis Fight Rumors and Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Ugas [VIDEO]

Keith Thurman speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There isn’t much not to like with former world champion Keith Thurman.

Thurman, the former holder of the WBA and WBC welterweight titles, has yet to step back inside of the ring since suffering his first career loss in July of 2019 in Las Vegas. In that contest, Thurman faced off with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, and was dropped in the first round and fell behind early. Thurman rallied late, but lost on the cards after 12 spirited and competitive rounds.

Later tonight, Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) will face off with WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas (26-4, 12 KO’s) inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Thurman knows all too well what Ugas is up against and has a very unique perspective of what to expect when the bell rings for round one.

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas Fight Week Hits Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Fight Week has hit Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) faces off with WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas (26-4, 12 KO’s) in a FOX pay per view attraction.

Ugas, the decorated Cuban amateur who has been on a great run as a professional, accepted the fight on an eleven-day notice, filling in for an injured Errol Spence Jr., as the IBF/WBC champion from Dallas was the original dance partner for Manny. Spence suffered a torn retina in training and is taking the steps towards his recovery as he now watches momentarily from the sidelines.

Dewey Cooper on What it’s Like Preparing to Face Manny Pacquiao; Analyzes Yordenis Ugas Fight [VIDEO]

Dewey Cooper inside of the Big Scary Gym in Henderson, NV (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Dewey Cooper definitely knows what it’s like to get ready to face Manny Pacquiao.

In November of 2016, Cooper trained then-WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, and led him into battle against the Filipino congressman. Vargas would end up losing a unanimous decision despite giving a very gritty performance.

Robert Garcia Reveals Why he’s Pulling for Manny Pacquiao Over Yordenis Ugas [VIDEO]

Robert Garcia speaking in Tulsa, OK (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend in Las Vegas, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will square off with WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas inside of the T-Mobile Arena in a FOX pay per view attraction.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) and Ugas (26-4, 12 KO’s) make for an interesting pairing. Pacquiao was set to face off with IBF/WBC champion Errol Spence Jr., but the Filipino icon saw the match fall through after the Dallas native suffered a torn retina and had to withdraw. Ugas was scheduled to fight on the undercard against Fabian Maidana, and was subsequently shifted to the main event.

Burning Questions for Pacquiao and Spence ahead of August 21

Manny Pacquiao trains for Errol Spence Jr. (Ryan Hafey – Premier Boxing Champions)

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By: Dennis Guillermo

Less than two weeks away from their showdown in Las Vegas, and after a judge recently denied an injunction against Manny Pacquiao by a sports management group for some failed dealings that threatened to block his August 21 date with Errol Spence, Jr., it looks like boxing fans are finally going to enjoy a real blockbuster fight in 2021 after watching a few big ones slip through for reasons that vary from the inevitable such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which postponed Fury-Wilder 3, to the absurd such as the online beef between Nonito Donaire, Jr. and Johnriel Casimero that led to the Filipino Flash pulling out of the highly-anticipated all-Filipino title unification.

With any luck (and if both camps take their precautions seriously) hopefully we all finally get to see Pacquiao and Spence lock horns and answer some lingering questions I, as well as many other savants and fans of the sweet science, have leading up to this intriguing matchup.

Fighters Contemplate a Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano Rematch [VIDEO]

Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano delivered a great one earlier this month (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On July 17, IBF/WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo fought to a spirited 12-round split-draw with WBO champion Brian Castano in Houston, TX, as seen on SHOWTIME.

The fight had many ebbs and flows, with Castano (17-0-2, 12 KO’s) taking the early momentum, while Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KO’s) rallied late to secure the aforementioned draw verdict. After 12 rounds, scorecards read 117-111 Charlo, 115-113 Castano, and 114-114.

PHOTOS: Brian Castano and Jermell Charlo Battle to 12-Round Split-Draw in San Antonio

Brian Castano and Jermell Charlo delivered a gem on Saturday night (Photo: Amanda Westcott / SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday night, July 17, IBF/WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo and WBO champion Brian Castaño battled to a 12-round split decision draw in their SHOWTIME-televised main event. The bout took place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX, and was presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Both Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) and Castaño (17-0-2, 12 KOs) delivered excellent performances in their quest to become the first ever undisputed 154-pound champion in the four-belt era. After 12 rounds of action, the fight was declared a split-draw, with scorecards of 114-114, 117-111 Charlo, and 115-113 Castano being read.

Pacquiao Resumes Camp and Sparring While Continuing to Troll Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao back to back with his August 21 opponent Errol Spence Jr. 

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By: Dennis Guillermo

Eight-division World Champion and Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39KOs) resumed sparring at the Wild Card Gym in LA on Tuesday, two days after his press conference with Errol Spence (27-0, 21KOs) to promote their much-anticipated showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 21.

Pacquiao, who returned to LA last week for his grueling final six weeks of training camp, shook off two-years worth of ring rust against two taller sparring partners tasked to mimic Spence; Maurice Lee (12-1, 5KOs) and Alexis Rocha (17-1, 11KOs), both southpaws and listed at 5’10”. Pacquiao has been putting in work at the Wild Card and has impressed his trainer Freddie Roach and observers with his conditioning despite his two-year layoff from boxing. After his initial sparring last Thursday, Pacquiao did six rounds on Tuesday, four with Rocha, two with Lee.

PHOTOS: Gervonta Davis Stops a Brave Leo Santa Cruz in Six Rounds

Gervonta Davis stopped Leo Santa Cruz in six rounds on Saturday night (Photos: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 31, Gervonta “Tank” Davis delivered a Knockout of the Year candidate over four-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz in the main event of a SHOWTIME pay per view card from the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.

Davis (24-0, 23 KO’s) retained his WBA lightweight title and also picked up the WBA junior lightweight title that Santa Cruz (37-2-1, 19 KO’s) held. This marked the first major boxing event with fans in attendance since COVID-19 slowed down the sport, as their was an estimated crowd of 9,024 in attendance.

PHOTOS: Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz Make Weight Ahead of SHOWTIME Pay Per View

Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz fight Saturday night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, three-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis will face off with four-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz on SHOWTIME pay per view. The fight will take place from the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX, as part of a Premier Boxing Champions event.

Davis will face Santa Cruz, with the WBA lightweight and WBA junior lightweight titles on the line. At Friday’s weigh-in, Davis hit the scales at 129.75 pounds while Santa Cruz came in at 129.5 pounds.

PHOTOS: Daniel Roman Returns With Hard-Fought Victory Over Juan Carlos Payano

Daniel Roman rallied late to secure a victory over Juan Carlos Payano (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 26, former IBF/WBA junior featherweight champion Daniel Roman returned to the ring to face off with seasoned veteran and former world champion Juan Carlos Payano. Roman pulled away late in the fight, ultimately coming away with a unanimous decision victory, with all three judges favoring him, 116-112.

The fight was a WBC junior featherweight title eliminator that aired on SHOWTIME pay per view from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Luis Nery is the current WBC champion at 122 pounds.

PHOTOS: Jermell and Jermall Charlo Face Off With Jeison Rosario and Sergiy Derevyanchenko Ahead of SHOWTIME PPV

Jermell Charlo faces Jeison Rosario on Saturday night (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 26, WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo and his brother, WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, will defend their titles against extremely formidable competition. Jermall will meet top contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko while Jermell takes on IBF/WBA junior middleweight champion Jeison Rosario.

The fights will serve as separate main events on a twin bill pay per view presented by Premier Boxing Champions and airing on SHOWTIME PPV at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.