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Former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal announces retirement after TKO win over Ahmed Elbiali
Former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (32-5-1, 19 KOs) scored an impressive stoppage of previously unbeaten Ahmed Elbiali (16-1, 13 KOs) in the sixth round of their main event bout on an FS1-televised card from Hialeah Park in Miami, Florida.
Having already stated that this bout would be the final of his 12-year career, Pascal was able to wear down his younger opponent in a fight that featured power punches throughout. Elibali appeared to have Pascal stunned and hurt in the opening moments of the first round, but was unable to capitalize as Pascal began to time his powerful counters.
Elbiali stuck to his strategy of walking down Pascal with power shots, but exhausted too much energy in doing so while not being able to seriously hurt his opponent. Pascal’s counters grew stronger as the fight went on and Elbiali lost steam on his punches as he entered the sixth round for only the fourth time in his pro career.
After an impressive round five, Pascal poured on the attack in round six, landing numerous unanswered hooks before Elbiali’s corner called for a stop to the fight at 2:06 into the round.
This week on PBC Jabs, former 147-pound champ Shawn Porter checks in ahead of his fight on November 4th against Adrian Granados. Plus, we preview our the rest of our stacked November fight cards.
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Unbeaten welterweight Miguel Cruz takes on once-beaten David Grayton in the co-feature of the card set at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. — Former 147-pound world champion Devon Alexander will battle rugged contender Walter Castillo in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, Nov. 21 from The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Florida with televised coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
The 10-round bout will headline a show promoted by Warriors Boxing and Fire Fist Boxing Promotions and features a 10-round co-main event between unbeaten welterweight prospect Miguel Cruz against once-beaten David Grayton. Two of the fighting Russell brothers, Antonio and Antuanne, brothers of featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr., will enter the ring in separate six-round matches.
Tickets for the live event begin at $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com.
"This show is packed with talent and should deliver a great night of boxing for fans in Florida and watching on FS1 and FOX Deportes," said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. "Devon Alexander is a former two-division champion on the comeback trail and he'll be tested by Walter Castillo, who is always in exciting fights. Miguel Cruz and David Grayton are both hungry prospects looking to raise their status and Antuanne and Antonio Russell are hoping to follow their brother Gary on the path to a world title. I want to thank my partner Fire Fist Boxing Promotions, for their hard work to make this event happen in Florida."
The 30-year-old Alexander (26-4, 14 KOs) will end a two-year layoff due to health issues when he steps in against Castillo. Alexander, of St. Louis, Missouri, won the 147-pound world championship with a unanimous decision victory over Randall Bailey in 2012. He lost the title via unanimous decision against Shawn Porter the next year. Alexander, a southpaw, was a unified champion at 140-pounds and owns victories over Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse and Jesus Soto Karass.
"Two years is a long time to be away from something you love but I wanted to make sure when I come back that I would be 100 percent my old self,"Alexander said. "My last outings were not me, and a lot of my fans and people that know me are aware of that. I've been in constant training since then while getting my personal situation in order. Castillo is a good solid fight that is going to bring the best skills out of me. He's not a slouch and he's coming to fight. But it's not about what Castillo coming to do. It's about me making a statement to show people that I am still up there with the elite fighters, and I know that when I'm right, nobody can beat me."
“ It's about me making a statement to show people that I am still up there with the elite fighters, and I know that when I'm right, nobody can beat me. ” Former 147-pound World Champion Devon Alexander
After campaigning the last few years at 140 pounds, Castillo (26-4-1, 19 KOs) is stepping up to 147 pounds to take on the former champion Alexander. The 29-year-old Castillo, of Managua, Nicaragua, will be ending a 16-month layoff on November 21. Castillo lost by TKO to Sergey Lipinets in a 140-pound clash his last time out after previously fighting to a draw against Keita Obara in a title eliminator.
"I think this could be one of my last great opportunities and I'm very excited for it," said Castillo. "Devon Alexander is a great boxer and I will have to be at my very best. Even though I've been out of the ring, my condition will not be a problem. I am 100 percent ready to give Alexander trouble. I am working very hard on a game plan to stop Alexander shock everyone."
The unbeaten Cruz (16-0, 11 KOs) has been very busy in 2017 as he steps into the ring for his fourth fight this year. The 27-year-old welterweight from St. Mary, Florida scored a unanimous decision victory over Alex Martin in a rematch in his last fight on June 27 after earning a split-decision in their first fight and beating Ali Mammadov in between.
The 30-year-old Grayton (15-1-1, 11 KOs) is coming off a technical draw against former champion Kermit Cintron in his last fight on March 17. Grayton, of Washington D.C., suffered the only loss of his career when he was stopped by technical knockout by Bryant Perrella on June 4, 2016 before returning to defeat Kareem Martin in August last year leading up to the Cintron fight.
For a complete look at Alexander vs Castillo, visit our fight page.
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Former two-division world champion Devon Alexander scored a second-round knockdown on his way to a UD victory in his first fight back in over two years.
Returning to the ring for the first time in two years, Devon Alexander was sharp from the outset, using the skills that made him a two-division world champion to befuddle Nicaraguan slugger Walter Castillo. Alexander's jab found its' range from the beginning and he slowly began to work in straight left hands that he would land frequently to maintain control of the action.
In round two, Alexander scored a highlight-reel knockdown of Castillo as he landed a powerful pair of straight left hands sandwiched around a right uppercut. Castillo continued to try to walk Alexander down and stayed persistent in throwing power punches as much as he could over the course of the fight.
But Alexander proved to be too sharp throughout the welterweight affair, consistently avoiding Castillo's big punches and delivering his own varied and effective attack. After 10 rounds, Alexander was officially back in the win column with a unanimous decision by scores of 100-89 twice and 96-93
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Julian "J-Rock" Williams wins a unanimous decision victory over former 154-pound world champion Ishe Smith.
It was anything but easy as Williams threw everything but the kitchen sink against Smith, who walked through his best shots and used his experience and top-level conditioning to make it a close fight. Ultimately, Williams (24-1-1, 15 KOs) prevailed via a tightly-contested ten-round decision. The scores didn't reflect how close of a fight it was, they read 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93 in favor of Williams.
Smith (29-9, 12 KOs) has never been known for being an action fighter, but Williams was able to bring it out of him. Williams forced Smith to exchange more than usual from the opening round onwards. Smith looked dedicated to targeting the body of Williams and did it with a lot of success beginning in the second round.
A headbutt in the second round caused a cut to open up near the left eye of Smith, and it immediately bothered him. Williams capitalized on the cut in the third round by opening up even more, landing some pretty heavy blows, including a straight right midway through the round that stopped Smith in his tracks.
The action continued to heat up as Williams tired a bit, the only stop in the action was when the two would clash heads and referee Russell Mora would halt things to examine both fighters.
Williams' aggressiveness is what cost him in a loss to Jermall Charlo for a 154-pound title a year ago. Against Smith, he didn't seem to tighten up his defense much, allowing Smith to answer back when Williams would open up.
Smith started timing Williams' jab with counter rights, which slowed Williams' attack a bit midway through the fight. There was a lot of back-and-forth but Williams seemed to get the better of it more often than not. Though all the rounds were pretty closely contested, the judges favored Williams' work and it earned him the nod.
On October 14th, five world champions retained their thrones, live on Fox and Showtime. Jordan Hardy recaps all the thrilling fight action from the night, plus we go another round of PBC Trivia!
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Former welterweight world champion discusses his upcoming bout against Adrian Granados, the state of the 147-pound division and how the mentorship and fellowship from former NFL great Randall Cunningham has pushed him in his career.
Shawn Porter discussed champions Keith Thurman, Errol Spence and title unification among other topics ahead of his upcoming November 4 match against Adrian Granados at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The 29-year-old Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) returns to Barclays Center for the fourth time. The former 147-pound champion is 2-1 there, with victories over Devon Alexander in 2013 and Andre Berto in his last fight on April 22. He lost a unanimous decision to Keith Thurman in 2016. Fighting on the undercard of Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title rematch against Bermane Stiverne, Porter wants to be the first man to stop Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs).
Since 2013 Porter, a native of Akron, Ohi,o has lived and trained in Las Vegas with his father, Kenny. His extended family includes four-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Randall Cunningham, a pastor at Las Vegas-based Remnant Ministries where Porter serves as an usher.
Porter—who is 6-2 with three knockouts in his past eight fights, with seven of those coming against current or former champions—took time out of his training to talk about his upcoming bout, the 147-pound division and what he would be doing if he wasn’t boxing.
Will your knockout streak continue against Granados?
That's our No. 1 focus – the knockout. Granados will give me the fight of his life, bring out the best in me and create an entertaining matchup that will fill the seats. To be considered one of the elite fighters in boxing is awesome.
To be fighting on an undercard for a Deontay Wilder fight, let alone in the co-main event is nothing short of excellent. That’s why scoring a knockout is so important in this particular fight. That kind of a result is unquestionable.
After losing close fights to Kell Brook and Keith Thurman, we understand that skills are one thing. But if I don’t score a knockout, are the judges recognizing and seeing that skill level in the things that I’ve been able to do?
Our goal is to not only finish the fight strong, but to beat Granados in a way that it’s not left up to the judges, and that means that all night and throughout every round and every moment of the fight, we’ll be looking at getting a KO.
How does it feel returning to the site of your three-knockdown stoppage of Berto, and what is your assessment of that performance?
For myself and also for my Dad, I think it was a 50-50 performance. Obviously, we were able to get Berto out of there. But the part that my Dad didn’t like was how the knockout ended with the head butts and me being a little over-aggressive as well.
Those are some things we’ve continued to work on during this camp, being more skillful and not coming in with the head. At the end of the day, I understand that boxing is both heart and skill, and skill is what I think separates a great knockout from a decent or lucky knockout.
What are your memories of your Barclays debut and crowning achievement—the unanimous decision win over Alexander?
At that point in my career, if you weren’t an avid boxing fan, you didn’t really know who I was. So the general public kind of counted me out, thinking it was going to be another win for Devon Alexander.
I remember my mindset, knowing he wasn’t going to be ready for my game plan. I looked forward to making everybody say, “Oh, that’s Shawn Porter!” It was a night, a moment and a fight I’ll never forget.
“ As a former professional athlete, he knows my mindset, what I’m going through, and he’s a great shoulder to lean on. ” Former welterweight champion Shawn Porter, on his relationship with his pastor and former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham
What have you learned going 6-2 with three knockouts over your past eight fights, seven being against current or former champs?
My resume is definitely appreciated. There’s no one you can look at on my record in the past two to three years who wasn’t a formable opponent, challenger, former champion or champion.
Everyone that I’ve fought during that time has been top-ranked, top competition, and that’s going to continue with my next fight.
How about the Broner fight, being dropped in the 12th round after having to match your career-low 144-pounds?
The contracted weight wasn’t a problem. We relaxed the day before the weigh-in and made weight. The only blemish was that I went into the 12th round not fully there, mentally.
I took my foot off the gas pedal. Other than that, it was a prime performance against another good fighter and world champion.
What would you do differently against Brook?
What I didn’t do against Brook was what I did do against (Paulie) Malignaggi: Use my jab. I pretty much rushed in for 12 rounds. I would be a lot more patient, setting things up with my jab, which is how boxing is done.
How about against Thurman?
I was very consistent against Thurman, offensively and defensively. In a rematch, we would execute pretty much the same way except a little better, defensively. I got hit a little too cleanly a few times and gave up a few rounds. That won’t happen in the rematch.
In order, who would you fight toward supremacy at 147 pounds, and where would bouts against either Spence or Danny Garcia rank in importance?
I would have a rematch with Keith Thurman, a fight with Danny Garcia, and, possibly rematches with both guys. Lord willing, I win those fights and move on to bigger money and bigger publicity. Errol Spence is definitely in the mix.
It's up to my team, but I don’t see myself retiring without fighting Errol Spence. As you get older, your body matures, but we’re doing everything we can to remain at 147. I’m not sure how long, or, if ever, it will be before we consider moving up to 154.
Did you move to Las Vegas before or after the LoGreco fight, and why was it a good move?
We moved just before the LoGreco fight. It’s always made sense and my Dad wanted to do it for a long time. We were both ready and it’s been beneficial in every way. I’m happy and comfortable. We train when we want to.
We have access to all of the big fights and we’re only a stone’s throw away from Los Angeles if we need to come out here for anything. Moving to Las Vegas was perfect for us. There’s no clientele for my gym, right now. It’s all for us.
My Dad has actually turned down potential clients, which is just his move, right now. Eventually, we’ll start tapping into the market, getting other boxers and athletes from other sports. But for now, it’s open for me when I’m in there.
Can you describe your relationship with Cunningham?
I still serve as an usher at the church. Pastor Cunningham is an awesome Christian. We've grown closer over the past six months to a year. He prides himself on teaching us to be outstanding Christians as well.
As a former professional athlete, he knows my mindset, what I’m going through, and he’s a great shoulder to lean on.
Finish this sentence: If not for boxing, I would be …
I would be doing two things: Commentating and I’m also going to school for psychology in order to be a life coach.
What is your favorite punch to throw?
That would be the left hook. That’s the punch I started working on before I was an 8-year-old, basically, as soon as I could walk. That’s still my favorite punch.
Two guys I landed it best against were Malignaggi and LoGreco. I landed several of them against Malignaggi.
If you could have dinner with any four people in history, living or dead, who would they be?
Jesus, Michael Jackson, Jamie Foxx and my Dad’s grandfather, who was a very successful man from what I understand in a time when it was almost impossible.
If there were one thing you could change about the world, what would it be?
I would bring total peace to the world. The world we live in there is a lot of happiness around, but just as much anger and frustration. There’s a lot of envy.
A large part of that is jealousy and not tolerating people of different backgrounds. If I had it my way, I’d get rid of all of that and there would be a lot more smiles around the world.
For a complete look at Porter vs Granados, visit our fight page.
Undefeated welterweight prospect Jamontay Clark meets Ivan Golub in a 147-pound rematch of their June 2017 bout.
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Shawn Porter outlasts rugged Adrian Granados, injures hand.
Shawn “Showtime” Porter knows only one way to fight and that’s coming straight ahead with full fists of steam. It’s pretty much the same way Adrian Granados fights, too. Porter likes to suffocate his opponents, mixing in a little mauling and wrestling. It made for an interesting give-and-take, action fight.
Referee Gary Rosato’s blue shirt had dark blotches, drenched in the 10th round from breaking the two up so often.
Porter simply was too strong, winning 117-111 on judges Julie Lederman, John Stewart and Kevin Morgan’s scorecards.
In the third, Porter had Granados swelling up. To his credit, Granados withstood Porter’s assaults, and with his back against the ropes, tried going firepower-against-firepower. In the fourth, Granados’ tactics changed at the outset. But he couldn’t change who he is—and that surfaced again in the last minute of the fourth when he tried going punch-for-punch with the stronger, faster Porter.
It made for a great exchange, though it began zapping Granados of his strength.
By the sixth, Granados’ work rate fell off. His hands were down. He literally ran away from Porter near the end of the round, somewhat defenseless. By the seventh, Granados had little on his punches. They may have landed on Porter, but like a bull, Showtime walked through them showing little effect.