Pair of undefeated 126-pound prospects from Cuba and Mexico can't settle national score in 10-round battle Tuesday night in Sin City.

When two unbeaten fighters meet, the old adage is that "somebody's 0 has got to go." Tuesday night on Fox Sports 1, that wasn't quite the case as 126-pound prospects Leduan Barthelemy and Eduardo Ramirez fought to a split draw in the main event at the Cannery Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Cuban Barthelemy (13-0-1, 7 knockouts) tried utilizing his reach early on but was bullied into a fight more often than he would have like. At 5'11", Barthelemy is extremely tall for the 126-pound weight class and has proven an effective boxer against lesser competition.

The 24-year-old Mexican Ramirez (20-0-3, 7 KOs) has faced the stiffer competition in the pro ranks, having already knocked off a couple of unbeaten prospects. Barthelemy built an early lead but by the mid rounds, Ramirez's pressing of the action evened things up. The sixth round was Ramirez's biggest, as he dominated the action and had Barthelemy backing up with no response.

"I wanted to pressure him all the way through and take away his reach advantage," Ramirez said. "I felt good the whole fight and he never hurt me at any point. I believed in my skills and I performed well."

I would definitely fight him again. I'll be ready for another great battle and I'll get the clear victory this time. Unbeaten 126-pound prospect Leduan Barthelemy

Barthelemy turned the tide a bit as Ramirez tired out from going for it in the middle rounds.

But as is often the case when two unbeaten fighters meet and the fight plays out closely, the two went for broke in the final round.

Patricia Morse Jarman saw the fight 97-93 in favor of Barthelemy, while Richard Ocasio scored it 96-94 for Ramirez. Tim Cheatham scored it 95-95, allowing both fighters to continue to call themselves undefeated for another day.

"It was a very tough, physical fight for both of us," said Barthelemy, whose older brother is two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy.

"I didn't feel 100 percent but I was able to work through it and I never felt hurt during the fight. He landed on me but I was able to keep my composure."

It was the kind of bout that should allow for a rematch, and it sounds as if both guys are up for another go around.

"I would definitely fight him again," said Barthelemy. "I'll be ready for another great battle and I'll get the clear victory this time."

Ramirez countered: "I thought that I won the fight, it was a close fight but I believe that I did what I had to do to win. I would fight him again and beat him even worse."

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The blank faces would mill around behind the peeling, rusted bars, bunched together so tightly that at times they could hardly move.

Leduan Barthelemy

Leduan Barthelemy and Eduardo Ramirez pose for pictures after weighing in. (Ryan Hafey / Premier Boxing Champions)

Their eyes would find places on the floor to get away from their current condition, or a space on the ceiling where they could take their mind.

Cuban prison guards have been noted for their cruelty. When deceased major league pitcher Jose Fernandez was imprisoned as a child for trying to escape the small communist nation off the Florida coast, he’d ask for milk to drink. A passing guard would spit in his face, and say, “Here, drink that!”

There was one face, however, that never wore the sullen, hollow-eyed look of the other prisoners. They could be old men, children, the middle aged. They all wore the same futile look. Except one cocky teenager who refused to let the prison life control his attitude.

Each occurrence Leduan Barthelemy was caught trying to escape Cuba—and it was 14 times—he would await his captors with a big grin. He was 17 when he was first caught trying to leave. He never cried. He never despaired that his life would be taken away.

“I would laugh at the guards and the police men, because they knew I was one of the Barthelemy brothers, and all of Cuba knew the Barthelemy brothers were trying to escape,” recalled Leduan, through an interpreter, his wife, Ligzania.

The youngest of the fighting Barthelemys, behind older brothers Yan and Rances, Leduan said, “I knew I was going home in a week. Yes, I would laugh at the prison guards. I was never scared. Getting put in jail was like a hobby for us. I think it’s why nothing scares me in the ring. I had to get out of Cuba, and I was going to keep trying and trying to get out. There was no place for a professional boxer in Cuba. That was impossible."

“My brothers and I always dreamed about being pro fighters and being millionaires and help our family have a better life. That’s what drove us. It’s why each time we got caught, we’d try again. Cuban authorities knew this. We didn’t care. You can call me brave, but I think that I’m only really brave in the ring. Outside the ring, I’m a calm guy. I always see the positive side of everything.”

Leduan, a rangy 28-year- old, 5-foot- 11 southpaw, is certainly looking forward to a positive outcome when he faces Eduard Ramirez, a 24-year- old Mexican southpaw, in a 10-round featherweight fight on the Premier Boxing Champions show Tuesday on FS1 from the Cannery Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas.

Neither Barthelemy (13-0, 7 KOs) nor Ramirez (20-0- 2, 7 KOs) have ever lost.

I had to get out of Cuba, and I was going to keep trying and trying to get out. There was no place for a professional boxer in Cuba. That was impossible. Leduan Barthelemy

“I don’t really know much about Ramirez, other than he’s left handed like me,” Leduan said. “It’s going to be a good fight. Every Mexican fighter is brave and they have a lot of heart. I know he’s going to give everything he has, and so will I. I’ll need to keep my distance against him and use my jab. I’ll work my hands and my jab is one of my stringer punches.

“I’m going to wait for me to come to me and see what he has for me. After the first few rounds, I’ll have him figured out and win. It’s going to be a victory.”

Though considering what Leduan and his family endured in trying to escape from Cuba, you would think every day is a victory.

Rances was imprisoned far more times than Yan or Leduan. Since Fidel Castro’s death, Raúl Castro, Fidel’s brother, has taken over the island and could actually be worse than his older sibling. The Barthelemy brothers have tried to no avail to get their parents to the United States. The Barthelemy brothers also have a nation following them. But Yan had a more difficult time leaving Cuba, since the Cuban government spent money on him to become an Olympic gold medalist in the light flyweight division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Yan was derided as a traitor to his nation and was not allowed to return to Cuban. Rances and Leduan did have some latitude, since they weren’t as accomplished amateurs as Yan.

On April 28, 2008, Leduan escaped first to Mexico on a yacht under the cover of darkness. Then he and his family arrived in the United States a few days later, on May 1. It was Yan who sent the boat from the money he made as a pro.

“Being the younger brother of Yan and Rances was great for me growing up, because I followed in their steps,” Leduan said. “We never fought with each other. Yan is nine years older than me and our mother, Mayra Valera, was really strict with us. She never let us fight among each other. We had an uncle who boxed and that’s what started it for us.

“But I have my brothers to thank for everything. They stood by me in the bad times. My attitude came from them. I wouldn’t be here without them.”

October 14, 2017 Fight Night Promo

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On this episode of PBC Jabs, Jordan Hardy checks in 154-pound contender Erickson Lubin ahead of his first world title fight against Jermell Charlo on October 14. Plus, we recap our September 19th FS1 show and preview our upcoming September 26th FS1 show.

Get ready for another round of PBC Trivia! Last week's winner of a Premier Boxing Champions t-shirt was Quinn Ortega, but this week, it could be you!

The year 2013 was bittersweet for Austin Trout, who experienced a pair of losses around the death of his grandmother during his wedding.

Austin Trout

Austin Trout battle Luis Galarza on May 9, 2015. Trout left the ring victorious after Galarza retired in the 6th round. (Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions)

Trout was floored that December during the 11th round of a unanimous decision loss to Erislandy Lara at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It came after his grandmother, Ann Johnson, died of a heart attack during his marriage to Taylor Trout on May 26.

Those incidents exacerbated a 154-pound title unification loss by disputed unanimous decision to Canelo Alvarez in April 2013.

Trout (30-3, 17 KOs), of Las Cruces, New Mexico, returns to Barclay Center for the first time since the Lara fight when he takes on unbeaten champion Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) of Accokeek, Maryland on Oct. 14.

“No Doubt” looks to regain past glory on a card featuring title defenses by Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) against 2012 Olympian Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs) and champion Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) against Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs).

Trout, 32, discussed the meaning of his clash with Hurd, among other things, during a break from training recently.

Who and where are you sparring?

Right now, we’re here in Las Cruces with [trainer] Louie Burke, sparring with Joey Alday and Keith Hunter.  It’s going well.  Fortunately, during the layoff (15 months), I’ve been in the gym and staying sharp.

I get to come back for a title shot against an undefeated dude. They may think that ring rust is going to affect me. I hope that they’re sleeping on me, but either way, I feel like they messed up.

Luckily, for me, I take care of myself outside of the ring, I’m in great condition, physically, and we still have a month of training left to go.

Can you re-live the crowning achievement of your career – the victory over Miguel Cotto, doing it in his partisan New York with relatives a ringside?

That’s definitely the highlight of my career and my life, but at the same time, it’s sort of bittersweet because that was five years ago. I’m focused on creating a new moment.

I need to give the boxing world something more recent to talk about in the form of another career defining win, and that’s what they’re gonna get on October 14.

I’m looking back at that time, not necessarily to hold on to, but to motivate me because I feel like if I hang on to it too much, that can become a distraction and the only moment that you have.

Your thoughts on losing to Canelo Alvarez, and the disadvantages you feel you faced before his partisan fans in San Antonio?

As far as the conditions, from the ring to the judges to the location, they were stacked up against me.  They wanted it in Texas.

The open scoring was another thing. I figured I was winning after four rounds, but they announced that he was winning.

At the same time, it was a damn good fight. There are still some things we could have done, but you never train for that type of an atmosphere.

Returning to New York to face Erilandy Lara at Barclays, was the passing of your grandmother a factor, emotionally?

That was the low point of my career. My grandmother passed away on my wedding day. To return to Brooklyn, where she was born and raised, that was hard.

I wasn’t over the Canelo loss, yet. But for me, I wanted to jump right back in and show that I was one of the baddest guys in the game against Lara.

He was a slick, dangerous boxer and the guy nobody wanted to fight. I wanted to come back strong, but maybe I was a bit too ambitious. 

I need to give the boxing world something more recent to talk about in the form of another career defining win, and that’s what they’re gonna get on October 14. Austin Trout, on his upcoming fight against 154-pound champion Jarrett Hurd

Can you discuss your loss to Jermall Charlo, his abilities, and what separated you from victory in the end?

I feel like in the minds of the judges, it was the Charlo show from the jump. It was all about his making history, so it seems like the stage was set.

But as far as my performance goes, I guess I should have come on earlier, because I know I dominated the second half of the fight.

It was a good, close fight, and I thought I did enough to win, but at least Charlo didn’t have a bunch of things stacked in his favor, so it’s a bit easier to take than losing to Canelo.

It wasn’t like Charlo had open scoring. It was a fight that happened in Las Vegas, so the conditions were more neutral.

What are your thoughts on the skills of Jarrett Hurd, and how does he compare to those you have faced?

You can’t underestimate a guy like Hurd, who is an undefeated champion and wants to stay that way. I’m looking at this as if I’m fighting Charlo again.

But I’ve been here before, fighting tough junior middleweights in the past. But this time, I’m going to be more decisive. Jarrett Hurd is going to fail the Austin Trout test.

What does a victory do for your career, and, conversely, a loss?

A win puts me right there with any of the other champions, and Jermell Charlo would be an immediate target. But there’s also big-fight potential with Miguel Cotto since he’s got a title, also.

Either way, beating one of them makes me a unified world champion, and I’d be back to running (things) in the division.  As far as losing, I don’t know what that means.

Do you have a boxing hero or fighter whom you admire?

I have so many heroes, from Muhammad Ali, to Pernell “Sweat Pea” Whittaker, to Marvin Hagler. Hagler’s mind-set intrigues me. He put it down like, “You’re my enemy and we’re going to war.”

Tactically, physically, he was just phenomenal. Similar to me, he was a southpaw and nobody gave him anything. He had to make it mostly on his own.

Sweet Pea is another southpaw and one of my favorite fighters. Defensively, he was amazing, and if only he had just a little more pop. But Marvin Hagler, right now, he’s my spirit animal.

Of all the boxers in history, who do you wish you could’ve fought, and how would the fight have played out?

I think if I could have fought Jake LaMotta, the Raging Bull, his style compliments mine and I think that would make for a great fight.

Of course, he lost to the Greatest of All Time, Sugar Ray Robinson. I’d like that fight just to see how that would pan out.

Finish this sentence: If not for boxing, I would be …

I would be a drug dealer, in jail or broke. Boxing has given me structure, and if I didn’t have that, then I would just do whatever I wanted. If it hadn’t been for boxing, I’d be undisciplined.

What’s the hardest you’ve ever been hit, and how did you deal with it?

That would be against Canelo. That’s the hardest I’ve ever been hit. I got up, shook it off and tried to beat his ass for the rest of the round. I think I actually won the round, if not, the fight.

What about a favorite punch to throw?

I would say the jab, which I landed basically at will against Cotto and Alvarez. I can set up whatever I want with the jab, and I think I did that well against Cotto.

It’s after the fourth round against Canelo when I got aggressive that I was in trouble. I don’t think the judges, with their scoring, really appreciated my jab.

Do you have a favorite boxing movie?

Rocky was the movie that got me hyped.

If Hollywood were to make a movie about the life of Austin Trout, what actor would you choose to portray you?

I would choose Mahershala Ali, the guy who plays the bad guy, Cotton Mouth, in the Luke Cage series. He also won Best Supporting Actor in that movie, Moonlight.

If you could have dinner with any four people in history, living or dead, who would they be?

I would say Bob Marley, Malcolm X, [Black Panther chairman] Fred Hampton and Marcus Garvey. They could teach me more about my ancestors.

Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder plans to show fans at least two things during his upcoming defense against Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz: The soles of Ortiz’s shoes.

Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz

Deontay Wilder at the conference for his fight against Luis Ortiz Nov. 4. (Amanda Westcott / Showtime Boxing)

“Somebody better endorse the bottom of Luis Ortiz’s shoes,” said Wilder. “Because he’ll be on his back, staring at the ceiling and they’ll be seeing both of them at the end of this fight.”

Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) takes aim at his sixth straight knockout in as many heavyweight title defenses when he takes on the 6-foot- 4 Ortiz at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on November 4 on SHOWTIME. Wilder had one of his most explosive performances at Barclays Center when he scored a ninth round knockout of Artur Szpilka on Jan. 16, 2016.

“I’m looking forward to the Barclays Center. They showed me a helluva lot of love the first time, and this is an even bigger fight,” said Wilder, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist who turns 32 on October 22. “I can’t wait for the environment, to feel the energy of the people who are gonna come out and watch me and Ortiz fight. I personally called out Ortiz. I want to prove that I am the division’s best, and that starts on November 4.”

With division counterpart Joseph Parker (23-0, 18 KOs) of New Zealand set face England’s Hugie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) in his second defense on Saturday, and the 6-foot-6 Anthony Joshua (19- 0, 19 KOs) of England fighting Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) on October 28, “The Bronze Bomber” envisions a path toward becoming the division’s first unified champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000.

“I want Joshua, and I want him, now. He’s saying he’s the best, but I know I’m the best,” said Wilder. “I’m very confident that I will unify this division, no if’s ands or buts about it. I will retire on top, undefeated as well.”

I personally called out Ortiz. I want to prove that I am the division’s best, and that starts on November 4. Deontay Wilder

In his last fight the 38-year- old Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) scored a seventh-round stoppage of David Allen in Manchester, England last December. Ortiz, whose nickname is “The Real King Kong” poses the stiffest test since Wilder dethroned Bermane Stiverne by unanimous decision in January 2015 to become America’s first division champion since Shannon Briggs in 2007.

The 240-pound Ortiz is the largest southpaw that Wilder will have faced since he stopped Audley Harrison, a British Olympic gold medal winner, in 70 seconds in England in 2013.

“Ortiz has a little power and an aggressive style,” said Wilder, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “With my power and our mutual aggression this will transform into being a helluva fight.”

Wilder scored an eighth-round knockout of three-time title challenger Chris Arreola in July 2016, but required surgery to repair broken bones in his right hand and a tear in his right biceps that sidelined him for several months. His triumph over Washington proved that he's back and healthy.

Ortiz’s biggest victory is a seventh-round stoppage of Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings in December 2015 following Jennings’ 12-round unanimous decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko in his previous fight eight months earlier.  

Ortiz also stopped left-hander Tony Thompson in the sixth round in March 2016. Thompson has a pair of stoppage losses to Klitschko the sixth and 11th rounds.

Wilder and Ortiz share an opponent in Philadelphia’s 6-foot- 4 Malik Scott. Wilder knocked out Scott in 96 seconds in March 2014. Ortiz dropped Scott three times on the way to a 10-round unanimous decision in November 2016.

“When I beat this guy, I don’t want any excuses from the commentators, the public, other fighters or the so-called expert boxing analysts,” said Wilder. “Some people already are making excuses about his age, but that wasn’t the case before I started calling him out. When I beat this guy, I want all of my due credit.”

Barrios vs Nelson Highlights: September 19, 2017
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Mario Barrios, a rising 140-pound star from San Antonio, improved his unblemished record to 20-0 with a seventh-round TKO win over Naim Nelson—who could no longer continue due to a shoulder injury in the main event on PBC on FS1 on September 19, 2017.

The little voice in Mario Barrios’ head kept whispering to be patient, stay back, don’t lean. His eyes intently focused, working out of a slight crouch, Barrios whittled down a very tough Naim Nelson. Barrios remained unbeaten in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions show on Fox Sports 1, Tuesday night in Bethlehem, Pa.

Barrios (20-0, 12 KO) notched his fourth straight stoppage with a seventh-round TKO over a very game Nelson (13-4, 1 KO).

“Nelson was tough and we knew that coming in here,” said Barrios, who was working with trainer Virgil Hunter for the fourth time. “I was going to execute my game plan, I wanted to put on a more entertaining show, but I still came out with the victory. That’s all that matters. He moved a lot. I think I learned I can deal with different looks, which is what I’ll need in order to go on to those big fights.”

With 53 seconds left the third round, referee Gary Rosato stopped the fight momentarily after Nelson landed a left, dislocating his left shoulder. The ringside doctor checked out the shoulder and deemed it okay to continue. Until then, Nelson had caused Barrios some trouble with his counter punching and movement.

Each time Nelson threw a left from that point on, he winced and visibly bit hard on his mouthpiece. Still, Barrios remained calculating and careful.

In the fifth, Barrios opened up more, stalking Nelson. A Barrios straight right to the face midway through the round had Nelson reeling slightly backward.

The end arrived in the seventh, when a Barrios left hook caught Nelson in his left shoulder. It forced Nelson down again and was enough Rosato to wisely call it over midway through the round.

“I think I did surprise myself with how patient I was,” Barrios said. “A fight like this can grow frustrating with only a few punches thrown per round. But I concentrated on sticking and pulling. I couldn’t start getting wild. Staying composed was very important in this fight.”  

I think I learned I can deal with different looks, which is what I’ll need in order to go on to those big fights. Mario Barrios

In the co-main event, Thomas Velasquez and southpaw Tyrome Jones fought to a six-round draw in a 130-lb. match.  Velasquez (9-0-1, 5 KO) chose to attack the body, though there were times Jones (4-2, 1 KO)  caught Velasquez lunging and made him pay with counter right hooks.

“I had to use the jab in this fight and my double-jab and body shots were working well,” Velasquez said. “This was a great learning fight and I felt that I won.”

The 21-year-old Velasquez, with his mentor, former world champ Danny Garcia, seated ringside, won the early portion of the fight, while Jones came on in the last three rounds. His counters kept cleaving Velasquez’s defense, enough for judge John McKaie’s scorecard to have Jones a 59-55 winner, which was opposed by judge John Porturaj’s 59-55 score for Velasquez and judge James Kinney’s 57-57 tie.

“This was a tough fight against an undefeated guy who came in confident, I countered very well and I got to him,” Jones said. “I know I won the fight, but he is in his hometown. That’s what happens sometimes in boxing.”

In the TV opener, cruiserweight Earl Newman, coming off over a year’s sabbatical from the ring due to injury and fights falling out,  fought to a draw with 32-year-old Paul Parker in an eight-round bout. Newman (10-0-1, 7 KOs) received a battle from Parker, who had some good moments in the first few rounds when he stung Newman with wide rights.

“After a year off, I felt rusty,” Newman said. “I saw the punches, but I did not react as well as I wanted to. That being said, I kept pressuring and landed more to the body. I felt I won the fight. Now it is back to the drawing board. I can’t be inactive for a long time.”

With roughly 15 seconds left in the fifth, Newman (10-0-1, 7 KO) caught Parker (8-2-1, 4 KO) with a right on the jaw that seemed to jolt the older fighter. Parker suddenly lost his legs and hung on to Newman to finish the round. But in the sixth, Parker found his balance, and scratched his way back into contention.

In the end, judge James Kinney had it 79-73 for Newman, judge Kevin Morgan scored it 77-75 for Parker, and McKaie had it an even 76-76.

“He is a great fighter,” Parker said. “I listened to my corner and followed the game plan. He caught me with some good punches, but I landed the cleaner shots. I wobbled him and I was busier. I won the fight, but I know the business. He has the promoter, and I am sure I had to knock him down at least because of that I want a rematch.”

Mario Barrios vs Naim Nelson

Mario Barrios lands clean on Naim Nelson en route to a 7th round TKO victory. (Kenyon Sessoms / Premier Boxing Champions)

Marrero vs Rojas

FRI, SEP 15, 2017 MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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