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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.

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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Deontay Wilder vs. Artur Szpilka set for SHOWTIME on Jan. 16 from the Barclay’s Center

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will face off with Poland’s Artur Szpilka on Jan. 16 (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder finally has a dance partner for his Jan. 16 return date.

The unbeaten Alabama native will make the third defense of his belt when he meets Poland’s Artur Szpilka inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a SHOWTIME-televised thriller.

PHOTOS: A closer look at Danny Jacobs’ crushing TKO over Peter Quillin

Danny Jacobs was too much for Peter Quillin on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 6, WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs produced one of the most electrifying performances of the year in halting former titlist Peter Quillin in under one round.

Jacobs (31-1, 28 KO’s) stormed out of the gates and had Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KO’s) in trouble courtesy of a right hand within the first minute of the match.  Quillin fought valiantly, but was overwhelmed and saw referee Harvey Dock waive the match off after another right hand blitzed him and had him on shaky legs.

Danny Jacobs knocks Peter Quillin out in the first round in shocking fashion

Danny Jacobs drilled Peter Quillin in the first round on their middleweight title fight on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

In a shocking result, WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs scored a thrilling first round knockout over friendly rival Peter Quillin on Saturday night inside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The fight was highly-anticipated and still found a way to deliver in terms of excitement. A right hand from Jacobs (31-1, 28 KO’s) stunned Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KO’s) in the opening minute of the match and a follow-up barrage left the former champion even more dazed, with referee Harvey Dock waiving the match off at just 85 seconds into the contest.

PHOTOS: Danny Jacobs vs. Peter Quillin Official Weigh In From Brooklyn

WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs and Peter Quillin weighing in (Photo: Ether Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

The official weigh-in for tomorrow night’s middleweight title showdown between WBA champion Danny Jacobs and former WBO champion Peter Quillin took place today in Brooklyn, New York.

Jacobs (30-1, 27 KO’s) will face off with Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KO’s) inside of the Barclays Center in a much-anticipated bout that will be carried by Showtime Championship Boxing.

PHOTOS: Adrien Broner and Khabib Allakhverdiev face at final presser; AB still quiet days from fight

Adrien Broner and Khabib Allakhverdiev facing off before their SHOWTIME match (Photo: Stephane Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

Two days before Adrien Broner goes for his fourth world title in his home state of Ohio, the Cincinnati native and his opponent, Russia’s Khabib Allakhverdiev, participated in a final press conference inside of the U.S. Bank Arena, where they will meet on Saturday night in an SHOWTIME-televised clash.

Broner (30-2, 22 KO’s) is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Shawn Porter on June 20 and he has kept a quiet approach towards his dealings with the media in the wake of that defeat.

Floyd Mayweather defeats Andre Berto in Vegas but Teddy Atlas doesn’t think he’ll retire

Floyd Mayweather following his victory over Andre Berto (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

We are still inside of the MGM Grand media center in Las Vegas, Nev., where earlier tonight, Floyd Mayweather handily defeated Andre Berto over twelve rounds.

Following the action, Mayweather was tabbed the clear victor, as scores of 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111 were are read in his favor. With the win, Mayweather moves to 49-0 with 26 knockouts while Berto drops to 30-4 with 23 knockouts.

Floyd Mayweather vs Andre Berto Offical Weigh In Coverage from the MGM Grand

Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto face off in Las Vegas (Photo: Senyuiedzorm Adadevoh)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier today, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto weighed in ahead of their big matchup tomorrow tonight.

Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) and Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s) meet on Saturday night in a SHOWTIME pay per view clash that may serve as Floyd’s last and final bout as a professional.

Virgil Hunter on the parallels between Andre Berto and Manny Pacquiao ahead of his fighter’s bout vs. Floyd Mayweather

Andre Berto with his trainer Virgil Hunter at the final Mayweather vs. Berto press conference in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

During any notable fight week in Las Vegas, you are sure to hear your share of sound bites from various boxing luminaries as the days pass by.

We are just three days removed from Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto clash and while you can’t exactly sense any animosity coming from either side, there has been plenty of verbiage to take in the past few days out here in Las Vegas.

VIDEO: Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto Face Off at Final Presser in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto facing off in Las Vegas ahead of their fight on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Wednesday afternoon, Sep. 9, Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto came face to face at their final press conference ahead of their pay per view collision on Saturday night.

Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) faces off with Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s) on SHOWTIME pay per view from the MGM Grand and while the fight wasn’t at first greeted by open arms from the boxing public, there is no doubt that several eyes will be fixated on the matchup this weekend given the fact that it may be Floyd’s final appearance in the ring.

PHOTOS: Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto make their Grand Arrivals to Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Sep. 8, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) and his next foe, former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s), made their official arrivals to Las Vegas ahead of their SHOWTIME pay per view matchup this weekend.

Mayweather and Berto both appear in great spirits as the fight, possibly Mayweather’s last in his illustrious career, draws near.

Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto Face Off in Los Angeles [Sneak Peak]

Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto facing off in Los Angeles 

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday, Aug. 6, Floyd Mayweather came face to face with Andre Berto inside of  JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Calif.

Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) will face Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s) on SHOWTIME pay per view on Sep. 12 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and he has been looking sharp, as is always the case, back in training camp.

PHOTOS: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fails to make weight, fight with Reyes still moving forward

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. faces off with Marco Reyes on Saturday night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Once again, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has failed to make weight ahead of a highly-critical matchup vs. the very formidable Marcos Reyes. Chavez (48-2-1, 32 KO’s) and Reyes (33-2, 24 KO’s) agreed to a catch-weight limit of 169 pounds for their SHOWTIME-televised brawl, yet the son of the Mexican legend of the same name came in weighing 170.8 pounds.

Reyes was under the limit at 168.4 pounds, and despite Chavez not coming back to the scale to attempt to make the weight, the fight will still push forward. Check out the photos below for more photos.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder stops Eric Molina in the ninth round in Alabama

Deontay Wilder is still undefeated (Photo: Stephane Trapp – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs), may have had to work harder than expected before dismantling Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-3, 17 KOs) on Saturday night inside of the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala., but he still managed to come away with a ninth round knockout and a successful first defense of his WBC heavyweight title.

Check below for ringside photos from SHOWTIME’s Stephane Trapp.