Tag Archives: Showtime Championship Boxing

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)

fight night - WESTCOTT-0068

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)

fight night - WESTCOTT-0061

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: Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney Trains Inside of City Boxing Club Ahead of 9/28 ShoBox Return

Devin Haney working out in Las Vegas inside of City Boxing Club (Photo: Mario Serrano – Devin Haney Promotions)

IMG_8742

By Chris Robinson

This past Thursday afternoon, inside of City Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nev., undefeated lightweight prospect Devin “The Dream” Haney hosted an open media workout in advance of his Sep. 28 bout vs. former title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos. The Haney vs. Burgos matchup is set to air on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation series from the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif.

At 19 years old, Haney (19-0, 13 KO’s) continues to impress and he believes the Burgos fight is the perfect opportunity for him at the moment.

PHOTOS: Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia Come Face to Face At Press Conference Ahead of Sep. 8 Bout

Angel Garcia, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and Kenny Porter at Monday’s presser (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

garcia porter press-0013

By Chris Robinson

On Monday afternoon, inside of the Dream Hotel in Downtown Manhattan, former world champions Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter came face to face ahead of their big Sep. 8 showdown. The Porter vs. Garcia clash will take place from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will be aired on SHOWTIME, with the vacant WBC welterweight title at stake.

After coming face to face at the presser, and exchanging a few words with one another, the two men appear ready to go, as they will be heading back to their respective training camps for the time being. For Garcia (34-1, 20′s), who is coming off of a ninth round knockout over Brandon Rios in February, he’s eager to get back in the ring and show who’s boss.

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)

1_Garcia vs Easter_152

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

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

_DSC0922

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.

PHOTOS: Erislandy Lara (153.5) vs. Jarrett Hurd (153) Official Weigh-In

Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd Face Off on Saturday night (Photo: Stephanie Trapp - SHOWTIME)

LR_SHO-WEIGH IN-LARA VS HURD-TRAPPFOTOS-04062018-8663

By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, April 7, IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd will face off with WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara in a classic unification match to be aired on SHOWTIME from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. It’s a match showcasing the power and aggression of Hurd (21-0, 15 KO’s) vs. the finesse, experience, and sharp-shooting of Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO’s).

“They are over here saying I’m not ready,” Hurd stated at the weigh-in. ” I’m more than ready. This is my time right now. I’m ready to get on that stage and show the world why I’ve been asking for this fight. We know he’s going to use the entire ring, but you can’t run from ‘Swift’ Jarrett Hurd for 12 rounds. We know we are going to be in his face and know he’ll have to engage at some point.”

PHOTOS: Anthony Joshua Defeats Joseph Parker Via Unanimous Decision in Wales

Anthony Joshua Defeated Joseph Parker on Saturday Night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

Anthony Joshua

By Chris Robinson

Anthony Joshua is still undefeated, having recently defeated former WBO champion Joseph Parker over the course of 12 rounds. The bout took place inside of the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and Joshua was able to retain his WBA/IBF belts while collecting Parker’s WBO strap with the win. Joshua, 28 years old now, went the distance for the first time yet was still able to come up with enough to score the win. The bout was aired live on SHOWTIME and other worldwide outlets.

Scores read 119-109 and 118-108 twice in Joshua’s favor, as he moves ever forward with his popular career, as the 28-year old champion raises his record to 21-0 with 20 knockouts. Parker, 26, the solid former WBO champion from New Zealand, gave a solid account of himself and sees his record go to 24-1 with 18 knockouts.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence Jr. Stops Lamont Peterson After the Seventh Round in Brooklyn

Errol Spence Jr. defeated Lamont Peterson on Saturday (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

fight night-0018

By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York, former IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. dominated a very game Lamont Peterson, stopping the rugged former champion after the seventh round inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Aired on SHOWTIME, Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) was too skilled, too tough, and too busy and precise for Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KO’s), as he registered a successful first defense of his title.

Spence now sets his sights towards a hopeful showdown with WBA/WBC champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, but it remains to be seen whether we will see that fight anytime soon.

PHOTOS: Claressa Shields Defeats Tori Nelson Via Unanimous Decision in Verona; is Christina Hammer Next?

Claressa Shields, right, lands on Tori Nelson on Friday night (Photo: Stephane Trapp – SHOWTIME)

LR_SHO-FIGHT NIGHT-SHIELDS VS NELSON-TRAPPFOTOS-01122018-9529

By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, Jan. 12, IBF/WBC female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields successfully defended her titles with a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated contender Tori Nelson. The bout took place inside of the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York and was aired on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation series.

Shields was in command from the outset until the final bell, as three 100-90 scorecards were read in her favor as she improves to 5-0 with 2 knockouts. Shields, a 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, outland Nelson 225-81 in total punches and landed at a 44% rate.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence Hosts Media Day Ahead of Lamont Peterson Showdown

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Trains in Dallas, Texas (Photo: Stacey Verbeek)

_DSC3562-M

By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence hosted the media ahead of his Jan. 20 fight vs. former world champion Lamont Peterson. Working out inside of the R&R Boxing Gym in Dallas, Tex., Spence (22-0, 19 KO’s) looked sharp and in tremendous shape, with the match being less than a few weeks away.

Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO’s) is a very experienced and worthy opponent, and any way you break the match down it figures to be entertaining. Spence vs. Peterson will be a Premier Boxing Champions telecast that will air live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

PHOTOS: Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios & David Benavidez vs. Ronald Gavril Los Angeles Press Conference

Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios in Los Angeles (Photo: Chris Farina – Mayweather Promotions)

BD7F0285

By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, inside of the Conga Room at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, two division world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-1, 19 KO’s) came face to face with former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KO’s) for the first time ahead of their scheduled Feb. 17 showdown. Garcia and Rios will square off on SHOWTIME in a Premier Boxing Champions telecast that will take place from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Also present for the press conference were WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KO’s) and top contender Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KO’s), who will square off in a co-feature rematch of their thrilling world title bout this past September in Las Vegas. Benavidez defeated Gavril by split-decision and it’s a rematch many are clamoring for.

Deontay Wilder Lashes Back in Brooklyn Ahead of Rematch With Bermane Stiverne

Deontay Wilder returns to the ring on Nov. 4 in Brooklyn (Photo: Stephane Trapp/SHOWTIME)

LR_SHO-DEONTAY WILDER-TRAPPFOTOS-10142017-8002

By Chris Robinson

Once again, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has found himself amidst some kind of controversy, despite not doing anything other than wanting to fight the sport’s best.

Wilder was scheduled for a Nov. 4 showdown vs. former interim WBA champion Luis Ortiz, but saw the fight scratched when the Cuban tested positive for banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, via a letter obtained from VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) president Dr. Margaret Goodman. This marks the third time in the past 18 months that Wilder has seen an opponent test positive for a banned substance ahead of a potential fight.

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)

05_Benavidez_vs_Gavril

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.

Gervonta Davis downplays Jose Pedraza ahead of first title shot: ‘Who has he beat?’

Gervonta Davis is ready for his first world title shot (Photo: Mayweather Promotions)

GDavis.1

By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Jan. 14, undefeated junior lightweight contender Gervonta “Tank” Davis (16-0, 15 KO’s) will attempt to win his first world title when he locks horns with the division’s IBF champion, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (22-0, 12 KO’s).

The bout takes place as a co-feature to the Badou Jack vs. James DeGale super middleweight unification clash, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Raw footage of WBC champion Badou Jack training for James DeGale clash

Badou Jack training for his Jan. 14 clash vs. James DeGale (Photo: 1Tarrell)

img_2355

By Chris Robinson

Badou Jack is officially a week away from the most important fight of his career.

On Jan. 14, Jack will face off with London’s James DeGale (23-1, 14 KO’s) in one of the biggest and most significant fights that will take place this year. The matchup is set to air on Showtime, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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)

02

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.

PHOTOS: A closer look at Deontay Wilder’s KO of Artur Szpilka in Brooklyn

Deontay Wilder stopped Artur Szpilka on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

14

By Chris Robinson

Deontay Wilder’s train continues to push forward.

On Saturday night, the brash WBC heavyweight champion from Tuscaloosa, Alabama showcased his craft inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as he registered a ninth-round knockout over gritty Polish challenger Artur Szpilka.

VIDEO: Deontay Wilder defends WBC crown with ninth round knockout over Artur Szpilka

Deontay Wilder overcame Artur Szpilka on Saturday night (Photo: Stephane Trapp)

WILDER VS SZPILKA-FIGHT NIGHT-01162016-1618

By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder scored the third successful defense of his title with a crushing ninth round knockout over Poland’s Artur Szpilka inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In front of an estimated 12,668 fans and live on SHOWTIME’s airwaves, Wilder again proved his worth.

Deontay Wilder puts the heavyweight division on notice ahead of 1/16 return vs. Artur Szpilka

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is ready to leave a lasting impression on the division (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

Deontay Wilder Fukuda

By Chris Robinson

It’s hard to recall a recent heavyweight champion as charismatic as WBC champion Deontay Wilder has been.

Having captured the aforementioned WBC strap nearly a year ago after defeating Haiti’s Bermane Stiverne over 12 rounds, Wilder has since scored two successful stoppages, over Eric Molina in June and Johann Duhaupas in September, to raise his mark to 35-0 with 34 KO’s.