Tag Archives: Premier Boxing Champions

PHOTOS: David Benavidez Defeats Ronald Gavril in Hotly-Contested Split-Decision Duel at The Hard Rock

David Benavidez and Ronald Gavril had a great fight on Saturday night (Photo: SHOWTIME – Rosie Cohe)

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By Chris Robinson

In a wild, back-and-forth fight from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., David Benavidez became boxing’s youngest world champion at 20 years of age with a split-decision victory over rugged contender Ronald Gavril from Romania.

It was a very fast-paced affair from the start, with Gavril’s accuracy allowing him to dictate the pace at times while Benavidez’s strength, size, and power allowed him to have success of his own. Gavril came on very strong in the middle of the fight, only to see Benavidez turn up the tempo in the championship rounds.

Errol Spence overcomes adversity, stops game Kell Brook in 11 to win IBF welterweight title

Errol Spence defeated Kell Brook on Saturday  in England (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, inside of the Bramall Lane Football Ground in Sheffield, England, Errol Spence Jr. successfully captured the IBF welterweight title with an impressive 11th-round TKO over former champion and hometown London favorite Kell Brook.

The bout, fought in front of a packed house of rabid supporters, was fought at a tense and tactical pace early on. Brook (36-2, 25 KO’s) was on his way towards building a lead through the first half of the fight and appeared to be the physically stronger fighter, but Spence (22-0, 19 KO’s) was undaunted in his pursuit.

Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman vs. Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia Official Weigh-In From New York

Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia ready for their bout on Saturday (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier today, in Brooklyn, New York, Keith “One Time” Thurman and Danny “Swift’ Garcia weighed in ahead of their welterweight unification matchup, set for the Barclays Center on Saturday night. The showdown between Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s), the WBA welterweight champion of the world, and Garcia (33-0, 19 KO’s), the division’s WBC champion, will air on CBS as part of a Premier Boxing Champions telecast.

As both men hit the scale at Friday’s Official Weigh-In, Thurman came in weighing 146 1/4 while Garcia was 146 1/2 pounds. At the face-off, the two men had to be separated.

PHOTOS: Undefeated Erickson Lubin Getting Ready for March 4 CBS Showdown vs. Jorge Cota

Erickson Lubin fights on March 4 in Brooklyn, New York (Photo: Douglas DeFelice/Prime 360 )

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, March 4, undefeated rising star Erickson “Hammer” Lubin will face off with once-beaten contender Jorge Cota in a 12-round junior middleweight bout from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Lubin (17-0, 12 KO’s) and Cota (25-1, 22 KO’s) will see their bout aired live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, as part of a Premier Boxing Champions telecast.

Lubin held a media day inside of his gym in his hometown of Orlando, Fl. this past Thursday and he appears to be as sharp and focused as ever heading into the biggest assignment of his career. The Lubin-Cota bout will take place on the Danny Garcia vs. Keith Thurman card, which is one of the biggest matches of the year.

Leo Santa Cruz Caps off Another Memorable Fight Week in Las Vegas With Majority-decision Victory Over Carl Frampton in Their Rematch

Leo Santa Cruz regained his championship status this past Saturday night (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

There was a great buzz throughout Las Vegas this past week, as the city hosted Leo Santa Cruz’s victory over Carl Frampton in their rematch bout inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena. With over 10,000 people in attendance, Mexico’s Santa Cruz and Belfast, North Ireland’s Frampton gave the fans their money’s worth yet again.

In July, Santa Cruz was upset by Frampton over 12 rounds in Brooklyn via majority-decision, but he turned the tables this past Saturday night, boxing and brawling his way towards a majority-decision victory of his own. The crowd was full of supporters for each man and it was another memorable one for the books.

VIDEO: Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz II Final Presser Highlights from Las Vegas

Carl Frampton faces Leo Santa Cruz in a rematch on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Jan. 28, WBA featherweight champion Carl Frampton will face off with former three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz in a heavily-anticipated rematch set to take place from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

Frampton (23-0, 14 KO’s) lost a hotly-contested majority-decision to Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KO’s) this past July inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and the second encounter is expected to be just as lively as an affair as the first.

Tensions flare up at Ishe Smith vs. Frank Galarza Weigh In [PBC on Bounce]

Ishe Smith and Frank Galarza meet on Friday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Stephanie Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, former IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith will return to the ring when he faces contender Frank Galarza on a Premier Boxing Champions card aired by Bounce TV.

It’s the first bout for Smith (28-8, 12 KO’s) since his December victory over Tommy Rainone. Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KO’s)  too will be retruning from a layoff, as he suffered his first loss this past November to Jarrett Hurd, who stopped him in the sixth round.

Damien Vasquez set to join the Premier Boxing Champions movement

Damien Vasquez, pictured with Chris Word, his father Oscar, and Beverly Hills Attorney Ron Dolecki, after officially signing to be a part of the Premier Boxing Champions movement (Photo: Team Vasquez)

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By Chris Robinson

Ever since its launch in March of last year, the Premier Boxing Champions franchise has left quite an imprint on the sport.

Also known as “PBC” to boxing enthusiasts, Premier Boxing Champions features fighters under the umbrella of powerful manager Al Haymon competing with one another.

Exclusive Footage: IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy trains for Mickey Bey

IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy getting wrapped by assistant trainer Carlos De Leon Jr. ahead of his June 3 bout vs. Mickey Bey (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On June 3, IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy will defend his title against the man who used to hold that very same belt, former titlist Mickey Bey.

Barthelemy vs. Bey takes place on Fox Sports, as part of a Premier Boxing Champions card from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fl.

Photos: Badou Jack and Lucian Bute fight to draw in Washington, D.C.

Badou Jack appeared to do enough to defeat Lucian Bute on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, April 30, WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack retained his title as he settled for a draw with former longtime IBF titlist Lucian Bute inside of the Armory in Washington, D.C.

Jack (20-1-2, 12 KO’s) appeared to do enough to secure a victory, with one judge giving him a 117-111 edge. That tally was overruled by two 114-114 scorecards, however, as Jack retains his title and could be meeting IBF champion James DeGale later this year in a unification match.

Promoter Lou Dibella feels that Kell Brook wants ‘no piece’ of Errol Spence Jr.

Errol Spence was dominant vs. Chris Algieri on Saturday night (Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, April 16, inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, undefeated welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. scored the biggest and perhaps the most electrifying victory of his career in stopping former champion Chris Algieri in the fifth.

Spence (20-0, 17 KO’s) was simply to precise and powerful for Algieri (21-3, 8 KO’s), who never could get into the fight. Spence dropped Algieri in the fourth and twice in the fifth before referee Benjy Esteves Jr. waived the contest off.

PHOTOS: Looking back at Adrien Broner’s TKO victory over Ashley Theophane

Adrien Broner halted Ashley Theophane in the ninth round on Friday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Friday night, inside of the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner halted a game Ashley Theophane in under nine rounds of action.

Broner (32-2, 24 KO’s) established early command of the fight against Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KO’s) and appeared to stun his UK foe a few times in the early rounds. Theophane, to his credit, fought valiantly and attempted to rally in the middle rounds.

PHOTOS: Alexis Santiago outduels Erik Ruiz over 10; Lanell Bellows KO’s Aikens and Thompson upset by Parker

Alexis Santiago defeated Erik Ruiz over 10 rounds on Tuesday night (Photo: Al Powers – Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

WBO #5, IBF #10, WBC #14 bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago delivered a gritty and exciting performance against tough gatekeeper Erik Ruiz on Tuesday night at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.

PHOTOS: Danny Garcia gets tough test from Robert Guerrero inside of Staples Center

Danny Garcia overcame Robert Guerrero on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. former junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia overcame a spirited effort from former multi-division titlist Robert Guerrero to capture a unanimous decision victory.

With the victory, which was a Premier Boxing Champions telecast on Fox, Garcia moves to 32-0 with 18 knockouts, while picking up the vacant WBC welterweight title, as Guerrero falls to 33-4-1 with 18 knockouts.

PHOTOS: Behind the scenes during Premier Boxing Champions from the Palms Casino Resort

Inside of the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl Theater with undefeated prospets Shawn Simpson, Thomas Hill, Gervonta Davis, and Ladarius Miller (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, Dec. 19, from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., a Premier Boxing Champions telecast on Spike TV took place, featuring a lightweight title bout Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy and Russia’s Denis Shafikov.

Barthelemy would defeat Shafikov via unanimous decision to capture the vacant IBF lightweight title. Hustle Boss arrived to the venue a little after 4 pm, as Mickey Bey was in the early rounds of some heated action with Philadelphis’ Naim Nelson.

PHOTOS + VIDEO: Behind the scenes with Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis prior to Luis Sanchez weigh-in

Gervonta Davis prior to his weigh in vs. Luis Sanchez (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., undefeated lightweight prospect Gervonta “Tank” Davis (13-0, 12 KO’s) will face off with Mexico’s Luis Sanchez (17-4-1, 5 KO’s) in a “Premier Boxing Champions” telecast on Spike TV.

Davis had a breakthrough 2015 in many ways and is now a big part of Mayweather Promotions’ future.

Mayweather Promotions’ Chris Pearson back in Las Vegas ahead of Spike TV showdown vs. Eric Johnson

Chris Pearson fights on Spike TV on Dec. 18 (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Dec. 18, undefeated junior middleweight prospect Chris Pearson (13-0, 10 KO’s) will return to the ring when he faces off with fellow unbeaten Eric “Baby Face” Johnson (11-0, 6 KO’s) inside of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pearson vs. Johnson will be part of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised by Spike TV, headlined by Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy and Russia’s Denis Shafikov squaring off for the vacant IBF lightweight title.

VIDEO: Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez powers past Javier Lapizco for 8th pro victory

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez improved to 8-0 last month by defeating Javier Lapizco (Photo: Team Vasquez)

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By Chris Robinson

When we found out that Damien “Sugar” Vasquez was set to be a part of the Premier Boxing Champions movement, we knew it marked a significant moment in his young career.

We began hearing about Vasquez back when he was just 15 years old and making a name for himself in the city by sparring some veteran pros at the time. Vasquez made his pro debut down in Mexico at just 16 years of age and he began racking up the wins as his career has progressed.

PHOTOS: Leo Santa Cruz Overcomes Abner Mares In Los Angeles

Leo Santa Cruz, right, and Abner Mares going toe to toe inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Leo Santa Cruz overcame a spirited effort from Abner Mares in front of a raucous crowd to capture a majority-decision victory.

In what may be the most definitive fight to date on the “Premier Boxing Champions” series, the ESPN-televised affair had plenty to offer its fans. Mares came out of the gates swinging but it was Santa Cruz who settled down and boxed a masterful fight from the fourth round on.

Leo Santa Cruz Defeats Abner Mares Via Majority Decision in Tough Battle in Los Angeles

Leo Santa Cruz scored his biggest victory as a professional on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Aug. 29, Leo Santa Cruz became a three-division world champion with a hard-fought majority-decision victory over fellow three-division titlist Abner Mares inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

The bout took place on ESPN’s airwaves as a “Premier Boxing Champions” telecast and the action didn’t disappoint.