The scorecards might have suggested otherwise, but Mikey Garcia certainly had to earn his way into the boxing history books Saturday night as previously unbeaten Sergey Lipinets proved to a formidable champion of his own.

Mikey Garcia sent Sergey Lipinets to the canvas for the first time in his career in the seventh round of their 140-pound title bout. (Showtime Sports)

SAN ANTONIO — Before the fight, trainer Robert Garcia predicted that his younger brother Mikey Garcia would be facing the absolute best his opponent Sergey Lipinets has ever been. With a bloody nose just a handful of rounds into the contest, Garcia quickly learned that firsthand Saturday night inside Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

Ultimately, Garcia (38-0, 30 knockouts) continued to make his case as being one of boxing's pound-for-pound best in the world. Garcia faced adversity in an opponent who was bigger and stronger, and maybe just as hungry as himself. The 30-year-old Garcia overcame those obstacles en route to a 12-round unanimous decision—earning a fourth world title in as many weight classes in the process.

Garcia is one of the best tacticians the sport has seen in years, but found himself on the receiving end of a number of heavy shots from the much bigger Lipinets. Garcia used his superior boxing IQ to position Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) for his counters, particularly his counter left hook.

It was that punch that changed the fight just as it seemed to be heading in Lipinets' favor. After mounting a good offense in the fifth and sixth rounds, Lipinets was having even more success with his power shots in the seventh. A big right hand seemed to affect Garcia, but Lipinets got a little careless and was caught by a perfect counter left hook that put the Kazakhstan-born fighter on the canvas for the first time in his career.

"[Lipinets] came as expected. He is a very tough, determined, hungry, strong fighter," said Garcia, who joined Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only fighters in history to win titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds.

"We worked with angles, footwork and worked on the jab. He's very dangerous with that overhand right and those left hooks but we were able to prevail."

I can go down to 135 and unify, which is what I really want to do, and then move back up to 140 and unify and then eventually go up to welterweight at 147. Four-time World Champion Mikey Garcia

It was at that point that Garcia was able to seize control of the fight, though he was never cruising towards victory. Lipinets' activity level slowed and Garcia's windows to land explosive counters become much bigger. In the championship rounds, Garcia was able to fully display his advantage in skill and experience, though the new champion didn't see the right opportunity to go for the finish.

"I landed mine right on the chin but we were exchanging at the same time," Garcia said. "A few moments I thought I stunned him but I had to be patient."

Garcia prevailed by scores of 116-111, 117-110 twice in his favor, though the scores don't reflect the competitiveness of the bout. Lipinets is in good shape to land a meaningful fight after acquitting himself well against one of the best fighters in the world.

"I want to get back in the gym and start working on problems I had tonight," Lipinets said after the fight. "There are a few holes I need to close. I will be back; tonight was a learning experience."

There should be opportunities aplenty for Garcia, and he seems open to all possibilities. However, he landed shots against Lipinets that would have put guys down at 135 and below

“This is what I love the most, that I have all of these options,” Garcia said when asked what's next. "I can go down to 135 and unify, which is what I really want to do, and then move back up to 140 and unify and then eventually go up to welterweight at 147.”

Garcia will certainly spend some time thinking about the next move, but whatever it is should set him up as a potential Fighter of the Year candidate.

Barthelemy vs Relikh

Kiryl Relikh celebrates winning the WBA 140-pound title with a UD win over Rances Bathelemy (Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME).

Kiryl Relikh dominates Rances Barthelemy to capture WBA 140-pound world title.

The long wait for Kiryl Relikh, was finally worth it Saturday night in San Antonio.

After being on the bad end of a controversial decision last May, Relikh (22-2, 19 knockouts) was granted a rematch with unbeaten Rances Barthelemy—and even better, this time it was for a vacant title. This time, he left no doubt en route to a 12-round decision by 118-109 twice and 117-110 scores.

Relikh can now call himself a champion after dominating Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KOs) from bell to bell as he fought the most complete fight of his career. The win also halted Barthelemy's effort to become the first Cuban to win titles in three divisions. Relikh left no doubt as he managed to outjab Barthelemy, who was unanimously considered the best boxer.

“Last time I was not ready,” Relikh said. “I didn't have proper preparation in the first fight but this time, with my new trainers, I was ready. I'm very happy. I've waited for this dream for 20 years. I've worked hard for this dream and now it's mine.”

Barthelemy took several hard shots early in the contest, which helped reduce his punch output dramatically. Relikh threw more than 1,200 punches in the fight and forced Barthelemy to keep his guard up for nearly the duration of the bout. Relikh also showed some new wrinkles in his game, boxing well from the outside and catching Barthelemy with sharp power shots.

Barthelemy's most damaging blows were illegal ones, as he was deducted a point for throwing south of the border in the seventh round—and he should've lost another point with seconds left in the twelfth.

“My heart is broken because I came in to this fight trying to get that third world title,” Barthelemy said. “I have to admit defeat and say that Relikh deserved to win that fight, but I will be back.”

Barthelemy is perhaps best suited at 135 pounds, whereas Relikh now becomes an interesting name for anyone in the top 10 at 140 pounds.

Mario Barrios

Mario Barrios kept his record perfect with a second-round knockout of Eudy Bernardo (Amanda Wescott/SHOWTIME).

Barrios, Figueroa stay unbeaten, while Luna falls for the first time

The featured attraction of the SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME telecast saw San Antonio's-own Mario Barrios (21-0, 13 KOs) deliver a sensational second-round knockout of Eudy Bernardo (23-3, 17 KOs) in front of his hometown fans. 

"I definitely made a statement tonight," Barrios said. "I showed the 140-pound division that I'm here and ready for any of them."

Barrios was dominant from the start and struck early in the second with a vicious straight right that put Bernardo down. Although Bernardo got to his feet and beat the count, referee Jon Schorle had seen enough and waved off the bout 45 seconds into the second round.

In the opening bout, Richard Commey (26-2, 23 KOs) scored a sixth-round TKO of previously unbeaten Alejandro Luna (22-1, 15 KOs) in their IBF lightweight world title eliminator.

The fight was defined by exciting exchanges throughout, with Commey, fighting on his 31s tbirthday, getting the better early and connecting with power punches that caused Luna's jaw to swell. Commey's power broke through in round six when a powerful combination punctuated by a left uppercut sent Luna to the canvas for the first time in his career.

"I'm very disappointed," said Luna. "All the credit to Commey, but I expect more of myself and I'm going to get back in the gym and come back much stronger and better."

Luna rose to his feet but was quickly pounced on by Commey, who landed 62 percent of his power punches in the round, and was sent to the mat again. This forced referee David Fields to call a halt to the bout at 1:54 of round six. Commey now becomes the mandatory challenger for IBF lightweight world champion Robert Easter, who Commey lost a split decision to in September 2016.

The SHO EXTREME swing bout featured unbeaten prospect Brandon Figueroa (15-0, 10 KOs) scoring a seventh round knockout of Mexico's Giovanni Delgado (16-6, 9 KOs) in their super bantamweight clash.

Figueroa, the brother of former champion Omar, continued to show the aggressive style that has defined his early career as he threw an astonishing 178 punches in the third round. That number was good for the second most ever thrown in a single round by a fighter in a super bantamweight bout, according to CompuBox.  

The 21-year-old Figueroa continued to put the pressure on, battering Delgado until referee Gregorio Alvarez halted the fight at 1:55 of the seventh round.

For a closer look at Garcia vs Lipinets, visit our fight page.

Fight Night: Sat, Apr 07, 2018 - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Britain's James DeGale regained his IBF title with a unanimous decision win over Caleb Truax in an exciting rematch of their December 2017 bout.
Truax vs DeGale Round by Round Fight Summary. Rounds are displayed numerically as columns. Each row will display one of the following: W for win, L for loss, KO for knockout, or TKO for technical knock out. An empty column means that data is not available.
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Britain's James DeGale regained his IBF title with a strong UD win over Caleb Truax in an exciting rematch from their December 2017 bout in the UK.

Truax vs DeGale

James DeGale lands a shot against Caleb Truax in their 168-pound title fight. (Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME)

James DeGale earned back the IBF Super Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision in a rematch with Caleb Truax, taking back the title he lost last December in the near-universal upset of the year.

The 12-round championship affair was scored 117-110 and 114-113 twice. DeGale, who was deducted a point in the 10th for pushing, won the championship rounds - 11 and 12 - on all three judges' scorecards to win the decision.

"Two-time world champion. It feels great," DeGale said. "But full credit to Caleb - he shows he can mix it with the top fighters.

"I'm just happy that I'm a two time world champion and I got my IBF world title back. I'm back, Team Chunky, we're back. Two-and-a-half years I had it and I lost it to Caleb. He embarrassed me, but we're back."

DeGale (24-2-1, 14 KOs) overcame a massive cut from an accidental head butt in the third, which was mistakenly ruled as the result of a punch from referee Robert Byrd.

"I couldn't see from my right eye, DeGale said. "I like Robert Byrd (referee), but today he was a bit wrong. I couldn't see. But I'm just glad I got through it. I showed some heart. In my last fight, I was like a weak little kid."

DeGale connected on 37 percent of his power shots compared to 28 percent for Truax. He now returns to London a world champion with some massive potential fights in the future.

"I want to be busy," DeGale said. "I have a couple years left in this sport."

Truax (29-4-2, 18 KOs), who fought for the first time as a world champion, was disappointed and advocated for a rematch after the scores were announced.

"I thought I did enough to win the fight, but I also thought I was pretty flat and didn't get my shots off like I wanted," Truax said. "I was just a little bit flat. I felt really good coming in but I just couldn't get my shots off like the last fight. He never hurt me, but it is what it is.

"I gave him a rematch straight away so why not do it again."

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Three-division champion aims to place his name in the boxing record books, while 140-pound titleholder believes he can stun the sport's pundits this Saturday night on Showtime.

Mikey Garcia is considered one of the two or three best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. But the 30-year-old southern Californian is still chasing new challenges and faces a big one tomorrow night as he looks to gain his fourth world title in as many weight divisions.

Garcia (37-0, 30 knockouts)—who faces junior welterweight titlist Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) in San Antonio in the main event of a Showtime-televised card (10:15 p.m. ET & PT)—has made two appearances at the 140-pound limit.

One was a comeback fight against Elio Rojas following a long layoff due to a contract dispute. He scored a fifth-round TKO victory. Most recently he had an easy unanimous 12-round decision win over four-division champion Adrien Broner this past July.

“I’ve been winning and dominating my fights, but I still have room to show the fans more of my skills," Garcia said. “I need opponents who will bring the best out of me. I’m going to keep trying to dominate each fight and make it easy for myself in the ring.”

Lipinets is the latest export of Kazakhstan to win a world title, though a lot of people question the competition he faced in order to earn the label. He's certainly proven to be a solid talent in the division, but Garcia's standing as one of the best in the world carries the expectation of nothing short of a brilliant performance from the master tactician.

A win over Garcia would be massive, and arguably an even bigger victory than any of the wins fellow countryman Gennady Golovkin can claim on his resume.

“I’m very excited to be in this position and I’m planning to take advantage of it," Lipinets said. “It meant a lot to win a world title, but these are the kind of fights you get into boxing for. This is a chance to really put my name in the history books."

“Sergey Lipinets is the number one priority right now. He’s an undefeated world champion and I can’t take him lightly at all. I’m going to follow my game plan and right now I’m on track to put on a great performance." Three-division World Champion Mikey Garcia

Everything Lipinets does, Garcia seemingly does better. Lipinets' workmanlike attack plays into Garcia's precise counterpunching abilities. The one thing Lipinets has to his advantage is proof he can overcome adversity. Against Akihiro Kondo for the vacant belt, Lipinets had the screws put to him a bit and came out on top. The fight was a wide decision for Lipinets but those that watched it found it a much closer affair.

Lipinets isn't a particularly strong puncher, which plays to Garcia's advantage as he's not a natural 140 pounder either. Lipinets has a one-inch reach advantage that shouldn't provide much of one as few judge distance as well as Garcia.

Garcia's name has been thrown around for some high-profile fights in recent months, with names ranging from Vasyl Lomachenko to Jorge Linares, but he also has his sights set on the biggest names in the welterweight division.

“I don’t have a number of titles that I’m chasing, but I do believe I will be a champion at 140 pounds and eventually at 147," Garcia said. "Each fight is unique and I’m going to keep taking it one fight at a time."

Garcia is looking for the big money with the surfeit of big names in the welterweight division, but he isn't overlooking his current test. He knows how he looks on Saturday will factor into his bankability for big money fights with the likes of Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, and the rest of the cream of the 147-pound crop.

“Sergey Lipinets is the number one priority right now," Garcia said. “He’s an undefeated world champion and I can’t take him lightly at all. I’m going to follow my game plan and right now I’m on track to put on a great performance."

Saturday's fight could end up being just the beginning of what Mikey Garcia hopes is a career-defining 2018.

For a closer look at Garcia vs Lipinets, visit our fight page.

Despite winning the first match by convincing margins on the judges' scorecards, Rances Barthelemy wants to make an emphatic statement tomorrow night when he looks to become the first Cuban boxer to win world titles in three different weight classes.

Barthelemy vs Relikh

It took all of 25 seconds for Rances Barthelemy to realize he’d be in for a long night 9½ months ago.

That’s how far he and Kyril Relikh had advanced into their 12-round, 140-pound WBA elimination match when Relikh rocked the Cuban contender with a right hand to the side of his head. Relikh’s shot buzzed Barthelemy, made him hold and eventually led to him tackling Relikh to the canvas.

Referee Kenny Chevalier didn’t reprimand Barthelemy for that veteran move, which helped him overcome immediate difficulty against the rugged Relikh.

That was the first of several troublesome moments for Barthelemy before he was able to consistently out-box Relikh en route to winning a unanimous decision May 20 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Judges John Gradowski (116-110), Eugene Grant (115-111) and Don Risher (117-109) all scored the fight for Barthelemy by sizeable margins, but Barthelemy recognizes Relikh gave him everything he could handle.

Barthelemy believes boxing smarter and remaining mindful of Relikh’s power will serve him well when they meet again tomorrow in what figures to be a compelling rematch in San Antonio (Showtime 10:15 p.m. ET & PT). This time, they’ll fight for the WBA super lightweight title Terence Crawford vacated when he moved up to the welterweight division last year.

“I always tell the truth, and Relikh is a powerful puncher,” Barthelemy said. “I won’t take that away from him. I never touched the canvas, though, but Relikh did. On Saturday night, I’m going to put him back on the canvas.”

Chevalier counted a knockdown against Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOs, 1 NC) in the fifth round of their first fight.

Belarus’ Relikh (21-2, 19 KOs) wobbled Barthelemy by beating him to the punch as they exchanged left hooks. The ropes held up an off-balance Barthelemy and Chevalier correctly began counting with 52 seconds to go in the fifth round.

The Las Vegas-based Barthelemy made it to the end of the fifth and regained his strength during the sixth round. Barthelemy blasted Relikh with a right hand to his midsection late in the eighth round.

That punishing punch forced Relikh to take a knee with 12 seconds left in the eighth round. Barthelemy hurt Relikh again in the 11th round, when he ripped Relikh with two straight left hands to the body that made Relikh move away from him.

As successful as he was later in their first fight, the taller, rangier Barthelemy is committed to using his jab and his legs more throughout their second bout.

“I’m going to change a lot heading into the rematch,” Barthelemy said. “Last May, I wasn’t myself. I didn’t feel like I had my legs coming into the fight and I wasn’t able to perform how I usually do. This time my conditioning and nutrition is much improved. I’m going to use my legs and use my jab, and put on a boxing clinic.”

People thought it was a close fight, but I’m here to make history and erase any doubt. This is going to be a great show, with great action all night long. Two-division World Champion Rances Barthelemy

Relikh thinks he did enough in their first fight to beat Barthelemy, who will attempt to become the first Cuban-born boxer to win world titles in three weight classes Saturday night.

“I don’t think I lost the first fight, but that’s up to the judges,” Relikh said. “This time, we will be much better and not leave it in the judges’ hands, if we have the opportunity.”

Barthelemy believes neutralizing Relikh’s power will make their rematch much easier for him. The former IBF featherweight and IBF super featherweight champion expects less exchanges and to fight from distances that’ll allow him to pick apart his shorter, slower opponent.

“I studied [Relikh] a lot,” Barthelemy said. “So I expect the same type of performance that I’ve studied based off what he’s done in his past fights and what he did with me in our last fight. I know he’s strong, he’s a hard-hitter, and he always looks for that punch. I expect that this time around as well. He likes to exchange – that’s another thing I’m looking for. I know he’s going to come with all those tools into the ring, so I expect that and my team has prepared exactly for that.”

The 28-year-old Relikh will try to avoid losing a third straight fight. He has lost back-to-back, 12-round unanimous decisions to Barthelemy and Ricky Burns, a former two-division champ from Scotland.

“Two world-class fighters are going for the world title, so of course I’m going to be at my best,” Relikh said. “This is going to be a fight you cannot miss on Saturday.”

The 31-year-old Barthelemy hopes a victory over Relikh and the leverage gained from winning a world title will lead to a high-profile fight. Barthelemy mentioned facing Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), who will try to become a champion in a fourth weight class when he challenges IBF junior welterweight champ Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) in the main event Saturday night.

More meaningful fights can’t occur, however, without conquering Relikh in their mandated rematch.

“Everyone knows that the first fight with Relikh was an unbelievable war,” Barthelemy said. “People thought it was a close fight, but I’m here to make history and erase any doubt. This is going to be a great show, with great action all night long. The fight fans here in San Antonio are great and I hope everyone shows up for it.”

For a closer look at Barthelemy vs Relikh, visit our fight page.

Caleb Truax and James DeGale battle in a 168-pound world title Rematch in the co-main event of the Showtime-televised card from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

LAS VEGAS — Erislandy Lara, the longest reigning world champion at 154-pounds, will clash with IBF champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd in a highly-anticipated super welterweight title unification live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) as part of an exciting card presented by Premier Boxing Champions Saturday, April 7 from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In the co-main event, Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb Truax will make the first defense of his IBF title against James DeGale in a rematch of one of the biggest upsets of 2017 that saw Truax wrestle the belt from DeGale on his home turf in London last December.

Tickets for the show, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, will go on sale Friday, March 16 and be available by visiting AXS.com or the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas Box Office.

"This is an action-packed card from top to bottom. The televised card features boxers who all have something significant to gain with a victory,'' said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "The winner of Lara-Hurd will be one step closer to becoming the undisputed 154-pound world champion. In a rematch, Truax gets to re-affirm his position as champion and DeGale has a chance to regain his world championship status. This is the kind of show that keeps fans on the edge of their seats.''

"We take pride in promoting quality events that our audiences always want to see," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "This card is going to be another line-up that the fans won't want to miss. With Lara and Hurd looking to unify their titles and guys going head-to-head in rematches on the undercard, this is sure to be a night of non-stop action.

Lara vs. Hurd is a classic contrast in styles that could force each fighter to raise their game to another level. Lara is a crafty southpaw who relies on his superior boxing skills to confound opponents, while Hurd is a pure pressure boxer-puncher that stalks his opponents and isn't easily frustrated.

Lara, a Cuban whose nickname is "The American Dream'', is coming off a unanimous decision victory on SHOWTIME over Terrell Gausha in October. Hurd was on the same card and defeated former champion Austin Trout when Trout's corner stopped the fight in the 10th round. That paved the way for this unification showdown.

The 34-year-old Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs), who lives and trains in Houston, Texas, won his world title with a TKO victory over Alfredo Angulo in 2013 and has successfully defended it seven times, which includes wins over Trout, Ishe Smith and Vanes Martirosyan.

"I'm very excited and motivated for this fight and to once again be headlining on the best network in boxing on SHOWTIME, is truly a pleasure,'' said Lara. "I look forward to adding another belt to my collection on April 7 and to proving that I'm the best 154-pound fighter out there. Everyone tune-in because you don't want to miss this unification. It's going to be a legendary night and one for the history books."

I look forward to adding another belt to my collection on April 7 and to proving that I'm the best 154-pound fighter out there. Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy Lara

The undefeated Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) is coming off a career-defining TKO victory over the former champion Trout in his last fight on Oct. 14. It was the first defense of the title for the 27-year Hurd of Accokeek, Maryland, who won the championship with a TKO victory over Tony Harrison on Feb. 25, 2017.

"I plan on being the aggressor for the entire fight, so I've been doing some exercises and working on techniques to improve my foot work so that I can stay on top of Erislandy Lara,'' said Hurd. "We are not trying to go to the scorecards, so hopefully, I can be the first man to stop him, which I hope to do in the later rounds.

"I called him out, and now, it has come to pass that I get to become a unified champion against the man everyone considers to be the best and most feared in the division, and that's Erislandy Lara."

They call 34-year-old Truax "Golden'', and he punched his ticket to world title gold while on a trip to London in December, when he defeated DeGale by majority decision. Truax (29-3-2, 18 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota was on a two-fight win streak heading into the match against DeGale. Before that his only losses came against former champions Anthony Dirrell, Daniel Jacobs and Jermain Taylor.

"They made the right call on the decision in England, and I expect to be even more dominant this time around,'' Truax said. "I am planning to really just beat up James Gale and get the job done in more efficient fashion this time.'

"Fighting in Las Vegas for the first time will be a very cool experience and I expect it to be friendlier than it was in London. There is a lot of pride on the line for me, being that I'm the first boxing world champion from Minnesota in a long time. So there is a lot on the line for me and I plan to keep that going, especially as a means for supporting my family."

The 32-year-old DeGale (23-2-1, 14 KOs) was the first British boxer to win a Gold Medal in the Olympics (2008 Beijing Games) and a world championship as a professional. He won his world title with a unanimous decision over Andre Dirrell in 2015 and made two successful defenses before fighting to a draw against Badou Jack on Jan. 14, 2017. It was a brutal standoff between two world champions, but neither man had his hand raised in victory. DeGale, who was coming off of an injury, had his home town crowd behind him but couldn't deliver a win as Truax scored a stunning upset with the majority decision victory.

'I'm happy to have the opportunity to rematch Truax and regain my IBF title,'' said DeGale. "I am not going to make excuses for my poor performance, actions speak louder than words. I am excited to be boxing in Vegas and on SHOWTIME again. The real JD will be back on fight night!''

For a closer look at Lara vs Hurd, visit our fight page.

Mikey Garcia looks to increase his exposure and join an elite fraternity of four-division world champions this Saturday night when he faces undefeated 140-pound titleholder Sergey Lipinets on Showtime.

Mikey Garcia was always around it. He couldn’t escape it. The boxing gym was like a second home. Whether it was Robert or it was Danny, the pesky one that instinctively followed was younger brother Mikey. He would mimic Robert and Danny’s every movement, how they threw punches, their feints, their footwork—and above all their calm. Nothing was ever missed.

It explains a lot.

It’s why at the age of 30, Mikey Garcia carries that sixth boxing sense and the confident veneer in the ring that evokes the feeling that he’s the one in control, this is his comfort zone, and there is nothing the other guy can do that he hasn’t seen before.

It’s why Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) is considered one of the best young stars in boxing today—and why many fight pundits believe the former three-division champ will unseat unbeaten 140-pound IBF titleholder Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) Saturday night on the Showtime-televised card (10:15 pm ET & PT) from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.

Perhaps the only one giving Lipinets any credit at all is Garcia himself. He’s been doing this too long, and is too smart to believe someone like Lipinets appeared out of nowhere to reach this stage.

“Some might see that Lipinets having only 13 fights is inexperienced compared to me, who has had 37 fights, but that guy won a title in 13 fights and it took me 30 fights to win my first world championship,” Mikey said. “If he’s done it in only 13 fights, it says the kind of opponent he is. He’s a world-caliber fighter that you have to respect.

“He’s a world champion for a reason. It’s how I see things. I have seen a few rounds on video of Lipinets and what stands out to me is his power. He unloads with power in almost every punch he throws. That’s his right hand, his left hook, and it’s something that I have to be aware of. He’s also naturally 140 pounds, and remember, I started out as a 126-pound featherweight. That will also be a difference, because he’s naturally bigger, he may be able to take a better punch.”

What the 28-year-old Lipinets won’t do is rattle Garcia. Has anyone ever saw him anxious in the ring?

Garcia has a command of his situation and of himself, knowing he’s steps ahead of his opponent. The way he carries himself belies his age—dthough he’s literally grown up before our eyes, turning pro at 17, that’s never changed. Garcia has been fashioned by the old-school tenets.

I’m there to do my job, just another day in the office every time I get into the ring. That comes from always being around boxing. Three-division World Champion Mikey Garcia

“It’s part of the training, the dedication and growing up in a boxing family,” said Mikey, who is trained by his father, Eduardo and brother, Robert. “I was always the little kid watching. I grew up watching my brother Robert fight, and Fernando Vargas fight, and all of those other guys and it comes natural for me.

“I never get excited in a fight. I never let my emotions dictate how I do things. I’m there to do my job, just another day in the office every time I get into the ring. That comes from always being around boxing. I know what I have to do and I know how to make those changes and adjustments. It’s natural to me. It’s why I fight the way I do, as patient and as calm as I am. I’ve seen it all. Whatever my opponent is trying to do, I have something in return because I’ve practiced so much, I’ve seen so much and I’ve learned so much.”  

Garcia is aiming to fight three times this year. A graduate of the Ventura County Police and Sheriff’s Reserve Academy in 2010, Garcia, the proud father of three that span 3 to 10, doesn’t want to think too far ahead.  

Lipinets, a Kazakhstan native who was a former kickboxer, thinks Mikey is.

“Just the fact that they took the fight goes to show that they believe they’re gonna win,” Lipinets said. “You don’t take fights you think you’re gonna lose, especially at that level.

“Maybe they looked at my last fight, when I won the championship, and they saw something, that I have vulnerabilities of some kind, that I have holes in my game. Whatever they saw, it’s gonna be different when we step in the ring.”

If Garcia wins, he would like to go one more time in the summer, and then cap the year with the fight everyone in boxing wants to see and that’s a mega showdown with 2017 Fighter of the Year Vasiliy Lomachenko.

But first, he knows he has to deal with Lipinets.

“I’m expecting to see the best Sergey Lipinets ever,” Mikey said. “He knows the fighter that will be in front of him Saturday night. He won’t go down easily. He’ll fight as hard as ever, and he’ll come prepared. I’m expecting a tough fight out of him, and I actually want that—because that will bring out the best in me.

“You’re going to see an explosive Mikey Garcia. You’re going to see a fast, strong Mikey—and that’s what people are going to love the most. If things go well, then I get a fight in the summer and pull in a third fight at the end of the year. If Lomachenko is available, and Top Rank and Bob Arum are willing to work with me, because I know how their promotional company works, and if they’re serious about it, they can make that phone call.”

For a closer look at Garcia vs Lipinets, visit our fight page.

The Garcia's talk shop

The “Mexican Cowboy” faces toughest test of his career in Richard Commey, but knows a win could set up a future showdown with champions Robert Easter Jr. or Mikey Garcia.

Alejandro Luna is a very ambitious young man. He wants 135-pound champions Robert Easter Jr. or Mikey Garcia should he win his title elimination match with contender Richard Commey this Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas.

Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) is ending an 11-month ring absence, while Commey (25-2, 22 KOs) has been inactive for a year and has lost two out of his last three fights.

The winner will be in line to fight Easter. Or Garcia—who is looking to win a fourth world title at 140 pounds when he faces unbeaten Sergey Lipinets in the main event of the Showtime-televised card (10: 15 p.m. ET & PT)—is an appealing carrot because he holds a 135-pound world title.

“This is an eliminator to fight Easter,” said Luna, whose fight will be broadcast on Showtime Extreme at 8 p.m. ET & PT).

“Easter is definitely the fight we’re looking to go after, if not, Mikey’s title if he decides to come back down. God-willing we get the victory, and after that, securing the Easter fight would be the main goal. We’ll fight any champion, but specifically Easter.”

Luna’s nickname is “El Charro,” which means “Mexican cowboy.” He grew up in a family of cowboys and has even competed in rodeos since he was a child. Luna began boxing at the age 8, and with his ring career on the rise, his time in the saddle became limited.

“El Charro’s” immediate focus is Commey, who lost to Easter and Denis Shafikov. He bounced back with a unanimous decision victory over Hedi Slimani.

Commey, of Ghana, had stopped five consecutive opponents prior to losing his vacant title fight with the 6-foot Easter, whom he floored in the eighth round.

“Commey’s a tough competitor whose losses were very close, disputable fights that could have gone either way, so I’ll go in being smart, using my jab and sticking to our game plan,” Luna said.

“We’re both boxer-punchers who like to mix it up, throw fireworks and brawl if we have to, so there’s going to be a lot of action, and we might steal the show. We’ll give the fans their money’s worth, either way.”

Luna is using his experience against Russian Andrey Klimov as a benchmark in his match against Commey. Klimov stood in against Terence Crawford, Jose Pedraza and Liam Walsh and though he lost decisions to all of them, he was never hurt. Luna believes his own victory over Klimov was more impressive than the aforementioned fighter’s bouts against Klimov.

“Klimov was never hurt badly in fights with one of the pound-for-pound best, Terence Crawford, Pedraza or Liam Walsh, but I was able to dominate him,” Luna said. “I hurt Klimov three or four times in the fight, and I felt that after that win I had proven that I’m ready and worthy of competing with any world class fighter.”

Before Klimov, Luna’s most impressive victory was against former 126-pound champion Cristobal Cruz, whom he nearly swept on the scorecards to earn an eight-round unanimous decision in June 2015.

“Commey’s the biggest fight of my career, and I’m training go 12 hard rounds,” Luna said. “But if I have a chance to get him out of there earlier I’ll go for it, and that would be great.”

For a closer look at Alejandro Luna check out his fighter page.

This week on PBC Jabs, former two-division world champion Jessie Vargas checks in to share his thoughts on replacing Omar Figueroa to fight Adrien Broner on April 21, live on Showtime.

Plus, we recap the WILD action from our March 3rd Showtime show headlined by a heavyweight title fight between world champion Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz, and we preview our March 10th Showtime show featuring a junior welterweight world title bout between Mikey Garcia and Sergey Lipinets.

Fight Night: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Davis vs Cuellar

Gervonta "Tank" Davis can call himself a two-time world champion, stopping Jesus Cuellar via third-round TKO to lay claim to the WBA's 130-pound strap.
Davis vs Cuellar Round by Round Fight Summary. Rounds are displayed numerically as columns. Each row will display one of the following: W for win, L for loss, KO for knockout, or TKO for technical knock out. An empty column means that data is not available.
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Gervonta Davis stops former champ Jesus Cuellar to become the WBA's 130-pound titleholder

Gervonta "Tank" Davis becomes a two-time world champion as he defeats Jesus Cuellar via third-round TKO. (Showtime Sports)

BROOKLYN — In the opening bout of the telecast, Gervonta Davis became a two-time world champion in empathic fashion with a third round TKO of former champion Jesus Cuellar to capture the vacant WBA 130-pound World Championship.

The undefeated Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), who lost the IBF 130-pound title on the scales last August, scored three knockdowns in less than three rounds to win his second title in the super featherweight division. The 23-year-old connected on 49 percent of his power shots in his first bout with new trainer Kevin Cunningham.

"On the undercard of the Mayweather-McGregor fight, I just wasn't focused," Davis said. "It was the second time fighting on Mayweather's card so it got to my head and it showed. After the fight, I went home and talked to my team and we decided it was time to leave Baltimore. I'm focused and it showed because I'm a champ again.

"There's always bumps in the road when you want to become successful. It's all about how you bounce back and tonight I showed that I'm a true champion."

Davis utilized a combination of body shots, uppercuts and effective counterpunching to break down Cuellar, a former titlist at 126-pounds. Baltimore's Davis floored Cuellar with a body blow in the second round and didn't relent from there. The southpaw pressed forward in the third, stalking Cuellar against the ropes and sending him down for the second time with a series of combinations. Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) got up, but was in serious trouble and referee Benjy Esteves stepped in to halt the contest at 2:45 with the Argentine falling to the canvas for the third time.

"The game plan was to box a little bit and open him up with some shots," Davis said. "When it was time, I went forward and caught him with enough shots to get him out.

"I want the IBF belt back and I'm ready to unify it with whoever wins the [Tevin] Farmer vs. [Billy] Dib fight."

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The WBC heavyweight champ survived his seventh—and toughest—title defense to date by weathering a seventh-round storm from the previously unbeaten Cuban contender before storming back with his own offensive attack in the 10th round in front of a raucous crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Wilder vs Ortiz Highlights: March 3, 2017 (Showtime Sports)

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Deontay Wilder wore a glad look of relief in his eyes, while his body leaned heavy on the ropes. The WBC heavyweight world champion could barely stand and had the right to look spent. It’s what happens when you spill out every ounce of your essence in the ring.

“The Bronze Bomber” faced the most crucial test of his boxing career and survived it, proving that he’s one of the most exciting fighters in the world—after finishing one of the most thrilling heavyweight fights in years.

After a slow start, Wilder ended the valiant effort of Luis Ortiz at 2:05 of the 10th round to retain the WBC title before a raucous crowd of 14,069 at Barclays Center Saturday night (the second-largest crowd to see boxing at Barclays after the Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter fight). At the time of the stoppage, Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) was ahead, 85-84, on the scorecards of judges Glenn Feldman, Kevin Morgan and Carlos Ortiz.

It’s early, but already, the fight will be a contender for 2018 Fight of the Year. It had dramatic twists and turns, with Wilder in trouble, then Ortiz, then Wilder, and finally, after a slew of pulverizing rights in the 10th, Ortiz succumbed.  

“'King Kong' ain’t got nothing on me!” Wilder proclaimed. “A true champion always finds a way to come back and that’s what I did tonight. Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy. He put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down. I showed everyone I can take a punch.

“When he leaves tonight Ortiz can hold his head high. He gave the fans a hell of a fight. He was hitting me with those furious punches but they didn’t have sting on them. He was throwing combos that knocked me off balance. I just had to get my range back and my fundamentals back. And I was able to do that. I showed I was a true champion tonight.”

Wilder connected on 98 of 346 total punches (28%), 38 of 191 jabs (20%) and 60 of 155 (39%) power shots. Ortiz’s numbers are close, connecting on 87 of 363 (24%) total shots, 24 of 218 (11%) jabs and 63 of 145 (43%) power shots.

Feeling confident and ahead, Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) Ortiz was up on his toes in the fifth, boxing and moving, while Wilder did little to engage and kept going backward. With around :25 in the round, Wilder opened up and exploded on Ortiz. A straight right to the chin, which staggered Ortiz, was followed by another clubbing right to the side of Ortiz’s head sent the Cuban expatriate down for the first time in his career.

Ortiz—who was vying to become the first Cuban heavyweight champion—got his legs back under him, but he was suddenly facing a far different Deontay Wilder than he did the first four rounds. Wilder hit Ortiz with grazing shots, nothing clean and definitive.

Still, it was more than what Wilder had done in the opening rounds. The Bronze Bomber became the stalker and Ortiz the fighter who was backing up.

Wilder won the sixth, but the course of the fight changed again—this time in dramtc fashion—in the seventh stanza.

I am the baddest man on the planet and I proved that tonight. This solidified my position at the top of the food chain tonight. Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder

Ortiz landed a straight left in Wilder’s chin—and just like that— Wilder was in dangerous trouble of being stopped. He was holding on for dear life, and as proof on the scorecards, each of the judges gave Ortiz a 10-8 round.

“I almost had him and I think I would’ve if there were a few more seconds in the round,” Ortiz said. “I thought I was going to get a rhythm earlier. I thought I was winning the fight. This is heavyweight boxing and he caught me with a great shot. He's a great champion.

“Wilder was definitely saved by the bell. I thought I had him out on his feet. But you have to give him credit, he weathered the storm. I just want to get back in the ring, hopefully earn a rematch and fight for one of the other titles.”

Wilder entered the eighth on wobbly legs.

Ortiz knew it.

Again, the roles were reversed. Ortiz began stalking Wilder. Referee David Fields began lingering closer to the fighters, as Ortiz tried connecting on big, looping lefts.

“It was a great fight and I performed well,” Ortiz said. “I thought I was up on the scorecard going in to the (tenth) round, but it’s heavyweight boxing and you never know what’s going to happen.”

In the ninth, Wilder’s legs seemed more stable. It showed. The Bronze Bomber opened up and won the round by finding his lethal right hand again. This time, Wilder bounced it off Ortiz’s face and had the Cuban reeling backwards.

That opened the door to the end.

A Wilder right started the 10th, which had Ortiz cowering, and stumbling back, before another right dropped Ortiz for the second time in the fight. Ortiz got up at the count of nine, came forward, Wilder was there again, rocking him again before the ending the fight with a right uppercut. Fields quickly waved it over.

“I just showed that I can punch on the inside as well, too,” Wilder said. “A lot of people don’t think I can punch on the inside, but I showed them. Now I can say there’s no man that stepped in the ring that I haven’t put on their ass.

“Luis Ortiz was one of those fighters that everyone ducked, even champions ducked him. I wondered why it took so long for him to get a title shot and now we know.

“I’m ready right now. I always said that I want to unify. I’m ready whenever those guys are. I am the baddest man on the planet and I proved that tonight. This solidified my position at the top of the food chain tonight.”

Dirrell vs Uzcategui

Jose Uzcategui celebrates winning the IBF interim super middleweight title on March 3, 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME)

Jose Uzcategui gets his redemption with an eighth-round TKO of Andre Dirrell

This had been building for a while. Jose Uzcategui knew he had the better of Andre Dirrell, when they met the first time last May in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Uzcategui knew it. Everyone who saw the fight knew it. Maybe even Dirrell knew it, too.

The problem was the final result didn’t indicate it. Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) hit Dirrell after the eighth round, landing a three-punch combo that put Dirrell (26-3, 16 KOs) on the floor face first. Referee Bill Clancy felt the salvos came after the bell rang, disqualifying Uzcategui, who was ahead 77-74 and 77-75 on two scorecards and knotted 76-76 on the third scorecard.

All hell broke loose seconds afterwards. Leon Lawson Jr., Dirrell’s uncle and then-trainer, sucker punched Uzcategui, both corners went crazy and the finish helped create a rematch—the shot Uzcategui had been waiting 10 months for.

That frustration unfurled Saturday night when Uzcategui unloaded on Dirrell.

The eighth round was particularly punishing for the former 2004 United States Olympian. Uzcategui bore forward and couldn’t help but hit Dirrell at every chance. Dirrell valiantly tried fighting back, though nothing he did seemed to have any effect on Uzcategui.

After the round concluded, Uzcategui tapped Dirrell on the head. Anyone looking on could tell that was it for Dirrell—and it was. Dirrell’s corner wisely stepped in and stopped it for their fighter. 

The official time was :02 of the ninth round.

Uzcategui landed 169 of 536 total punches (32%), 57 of 233 (24%) jabs and the true difference in the fight was the power punches, connecting on 112 of 303 (37%). In comparison, Dirrell landed 141 of 446 (32%) total punches, 90 of 308 (29%) jabs and 51 of 138 (37%) power punches.

“I was a little surprised they stopped it in the eighth,” Uzcategui said. “I had said it would be the third round that I would knock him out. It took a little longer, but it finally came. I think it was very clear in the first fight that I did my job. In the second fight I showed even more, so there’s going to be a lot of Uzcategui from now on.

“I came here to pressure him. It was either get knocked out or knock him out. I knocked him out. First I want to fight for the IBF title. Then I want to fight David Benavidez. We’re good friends, but I want to fight him.”

By the third it was apparent where the course of this fight was headed. Dirrell’s left eye started to swell and the left side of his face was turning red from Uzcategui rights. As the bell sounded to conclude the third, Uzcategui appeared to drop Dirrell with a left to the ear. But referee Ricky Gonzalez motioned that the round was over and the knockdown didn’t count.

It really didn’t matter, because in the fourth, Uzcategui picked up where he left off in the third. He pressured Dirrell and kept landing those rights to Dirrell’s face, while mixing in an occasional jab. When the fourth ended. Dirrell’s face was pretty marked up, while Uzcategui seemed hardly touched at all.

“My strategy was to break him down every round,” Uzcategui said. “All credit to Andre, he's a great fighter. He's a championship level fighter and it took me a little bit to figure him out. But I started to figure him out and I'm glad his corner stopped it because it would have ended badly.

“I want all the big fights. I'm ready for them. I want to provide for my family and this is my chance to do it.”

Dirrell openly wondered about his future in boxing.

“I've been in there with long fighters before, but he was especially long.” Dirrell said. “I think I was a little heavier than I wanted to be tonight, but that's no excuse. Uzcategui did a great job.

“We knew we needed a knockout. The way it was going I needed to at least pick it up. I felt a little sluggish and he hit all the right shots. None of them really hurt, but he hit me where he was supposed to.

“My family, my team and me will make a decision about what's next, but we'll soon find out.”

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