This week in PBC Jabs, host Jordan Hardy sets the table for an action-packed Saturday night of boxing on Showtime and FS1, including a conversation with two-time world title challenger Andre Dirrell before his 168-pound interim title bout against Jose Uzcategui.
This week in boxing history, PBC highlights a trio of fighters earning their first world titles, including the first British Olympic gold medalist to win a pro championship, honors a middleweight legend adding another world title to his résumé and remembers a storied heavyweight championship rematch.
As predicted, David Benavidez did indeed face the toughest test of his young career Saturday night in his 168-pound title eliminator against veteran slugger Rogelio “Porky” Medina. And Benavidez didn’t just pass his test, he aced it.
It sticks to him like a stain that he can’t wash out. Each opponent Gary Russell Jr. meets wears the face of Vasyl Lomachenko, the only fighter to ever beat Russell as a pro. And each fight Russell has had since that June 2014 setback means another step toward self-redemption in a Lomachenko rematch.