Fight Night: Sat, May 26, 2018 - Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi

Ramirez vs Mendez

Former champion Argenis Mendez dominates contender Eddie Ramirez in main event of PBC on FS1.
Ramirez vs Mendez 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.
Fighter Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Mendez No data available No data available No data available No data available

Former 130-pound titleholder Mendez drops Ramirez four times en route to a lopsided decision victory.

It looked as though former 130-pound titleholder Argenis Mendez (25-5-1, 12 KOs) was going to have an early night as he dropped Eddie Ramirez (17-2, 11 KOs) with 15 seconds left in the second round.

The 140-pound contender survived the late knockout, but Mendez kept his aggression in overdrive and dropped Ramirez again at the 2:30 mark of the third round.

Mendez looked sharp in his first fight at 140 pounds and his first fight in just over a year. Mendez was last seen earning a razor-thin split decision over Ivan Redkach last May.

In the middle rounds Ramirez fought valiantly, putting together combinations but it wasn't enough to stop Mendez from moving forward. Ramirez visited the canvas twice more in the fifth, mostly due to a wicked body attack from Mendez. 

Mendez was looking to end the fight in the sixth but found himself on the receiving end of a second assault from Ramirez.

While Ramirez stuck in there and did what looked impossible in the early rounds—seeing the final bell—the scores (99-87, 98-88, and 97-89) were dominantly in favor of Mendez.

Mendez has thrust himself into the mix at 140 pounds and is still a known enough name that he should find another meaningful fight before the end of the year.

Ramirez has now lost in back-to-back fights. He was stopped last October by another veteran former titleholder—Antonio DeMarco.

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Former title challenger Oscar Escandon clashes with unbeaten 126-pound contender Tugstsogt Nyambayar in co-main event on FS1 & FOX Deportes-televised card from Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.

Ramirez vs Mendez

BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI — Once-beaten contender Eddie Ramirez will take on former world champion Argenis Mendez in a 10-round super lightweight showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Saturday, May 26 from Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will also feature former title challenger Oscar Escandon meeting unbeaten 2012 Olympic silver medalistTugstsogt Nyambayar in a 10-round featherweight bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, start at $20 and are on sale now at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office, at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

"This is a fantastic card for true boxing fans, because it has all the elements that make the sport great,'' said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "You have a young contender in Eddie Ramirez looking to rebound from the first loss of his career facing a battle-tested former world champion in Argenis Mendez. You also have a young hungry contender in Nyambayar taking a major step forward by facing a strong contender in Escandon who wants to get back in the title mix. No one wants to take a step backwards.''

Ramirez (17-1, 11 KOs) is looking to bounce back from suffering the first loss of his career in his last outing. Ramirez was knocked out by former world champion Antonio DeMarco last October on FOX, although Ramirez believed the ref acted too hastily in ending the fight. The 25-year-old from Aurora, Illinois was rapidly moving up the ranks before the loss, having scored impressive stoppage victories over then unbeaten prospects Kevin Watts and Ryan Karl and a split decision victory over Erick Bone in fights that aired on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

"I really wanted the rematch with Antonio DeMarco, but I'm excited to be back in the ring," said Ramirez. "Mendez is a good fighter, but I'm going to win by knockout. I'm confident that I'm going to make a big statement that I'm back and better than I've ever been."

You have a young contender in Eddie Ramirez looking to rebound from the first loss of his career facing a battle-tested former world champion in Argenis Mendez. TGB Promotions President Tom Brown

The 31-year-old Mendez (24-5-1, 12 KOs) is coming off a split decision victory over Ivan Redkach last May on FS1 and FOX Deportes. With the win, the fighter out of the Dominican Republic rebounded from back-to-back losses to lightweight champion Robert Easter, Jr. and Luke Campbell. A member of the 2004 Dominican Olympic team, Mendez won a 130-pound world title with a knockout victory over Juan Carlos Salgado in 2013. He fought Rances Barthelemy twice to defend the title, with the first fight being declared a no decision before Mendez dropped the rematch.

"I lost two fights and people started to wonder if I was done, but I'm a former world champion and came back strong to win my last fight," said Mendez. "Eddie Ramirez is a good fighter, but when I show him my speed power, and skills, everyone is going to see what I'm still capable of. This is a great opportunity to show that I can beat this guy badly and get back to the world championship level."

Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs) is trying to climb back into the featherweight title picture after losing by TKO to world champion Gary Russell, Jr. in his last fight on May 20. The 33-year-old from Ibague, Colombia scored a knockout victory over Robinson Castellanos in a 2016 interim featherweight title fight and lost a split decision to Moises Flores in a 2015 interim super bantamweight title bout.

"With the level of competition that I've fought and beat, I know I'm the toughest and most experienced guy Nyambayar will have ever fought," said Escandon. "Knockouts are what I do, and that's what I'm preparing to accomplish. But no matter what he tries to do, box or fight, I'm going to win this fight and climb back to the top."

Nyambayar (9-0, 8 KOs) went the distance for the first time as a pro last time in the ring as he earned an eight round unanimous decision over then unbeaten Harmonito Dela Torre last November. The 25-year-old from Ulan-Bator, Mongolia won a silver medal at flyweight at the 2012 London Games and has trained in California since turning pro in 2015.

"I feel very prepared for this fight," said Nyambayar. "I've gained a lot of experience in my last few fights and have started to prove that I am tough and dangerous. This is another step up and I expect him to be toughest opponent I've faced. I'm determined to win this fight by any means."

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This week on PBC Jabs, we recap our April 28th PBC on FOX show, Errol Spence Jr. announces his return to the ring and Keith Thurman relinquishes his WBC title.

On April 28th PBC returned to FOX with three exciting matchups live from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The night began with a bang as Claudio Marrero delivered a jaw-dropping one-punch knockout over previously unbeaten Jorge Lara at the 33-second mark of the very first round. Then, in the co-main event former super middleweight champ Anthony Dirrell battled El Paso’s own Abraham Han. Dirrell knocked Han down in round one and stalked the former kickboxer over the course of 10 rounds to score a unanimous decision victory. In the main event, welterweights Josesito Lopez and Miguel Cruz met in a 10-round bout. Lopez put his veteran skills to good use, controlling the fight from the beginning and delivering previously unbeaten Cruz the first loss of his career with a unanimous decision win.

In other welterweight news, world champ Errol Spence Jr. will defend his title against mandatory challenger Carlos O’Campo on June 16th. The fight will take place near Spence’s hometown of Dallas, Texas, at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, which is the world headquarters of Spence’s beloved Dallas Cowboys.

Plus, in case you missed it, unified welterweight champ Keith “One Time” Thurman relinquished his WBC title as a result of his lengthy injury rehabilitation. Thurman remains the WBA champion and plans to fight for the WBC belt once he is fully recovered. In the meantime, the WBC ordered former champions and leading contenders Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter to fight for the vacant title.

That’s all for this week’s PBC Jabs. Thank you for watching and we’ll see you next time as we continue to bring you the best in boxing!

Carlos "Chema" Ocampo

Fight Night: Sat, Jun 16, 2018 - The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas

Spence vs Ocampo

Welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. defended his IBF title with a first-round KO of Oscar Ocampo in a Dallas-area homecoming fight.
Spence Jr vs Ocampo 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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Ocampo No data available No data available No data available No data available

FRISCO, TEXAS — Errol Spence Jr. defended his IBF Welterweight World Championship with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo in a homecoming fight Saturday on SHOWTIME at Ford Center at The Star. 

A sellout crowd of more than 12,600 fans packed Ford Center at The Star in Frisco to witness Spence's first homecoming defense as champion and his first fight in Dallas since 2015. The consensus top-5 pound-for-pound fighter did not disappoint, pounding the body from the opening bell with his trademark body attack and superb ring generalship.

Spence, who was making his second defense as a 147-pound champion, floored Ocampo with a brutal 1-2 body shot combo, the second punch landing flush on the challenger's side and instantly flooring him as the opening round concluded. Ocampo (22-1, 13 KOs) crippled over in pain while on the canvas, was unable to beat the count and remained on the floor for more than two minutes while Spence celebrated his victory.

"I was a little disappointed. I wanted to give the crowd their money's worth," Spence said. "I wanted him to sustain a bit and give him some punishment, but the body shot got him and I dropped him."

It was the ninth time Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) has floored an opponent with a body shot in his 24 professional fights.

"I knew if I hit him again he would probably drop," Spence said. "That was my game plan. I'm the body snatcher. If he reacts weirdly, I just keep going to the body and I keep breaking him down."

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Welterweight world champion defends IBF title for the second time against mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo on a Showtime-televised card from the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, which is a part of the Dallas Cowboys team headquarters.

FRISCO, TEXAS — Undefeated welterweight champion Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. will defend his IBF world title in a Dallas homecoming Saturday, June 16 live on SHOWTIME at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco against unbeaten mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. It will be the first boxing event inside Ford Center and Spence's first hometown fight as world champion. 

Spence, who will attempt to make the second defense of the world title he won last May from Kell Brook, combines explosive power with sublime boxing skill. In his last four fights, Spence has begun to assert himself as the best boxer in the deep and talented 147-pound weight division. Today, Spence is rated in the top-10 on boxing's coveted pound-for-pound list. Ocampo, who had a highly rated amateur career in Mexico, is also undefeated but will be facing his toughest challenge to date as a professional in his first world title fight. 

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions in association with Man Down Promotions, go on sale Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. CT and can be purchased at www.SeatGeek.com. 

"Errol Spence, Jr. has emerged as one of the most exciting champions in the sport today with a combination of skills that he has crafted into a fan-friendly style,'' said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "This is an opportunity for Errol to defend his title before the fans in his hometown at Ford Center at The Star and to continue to demonstrate why he is the top man in the 147-pound division. Carlos Ocampo, a young hungry contender, will certainly bring his A-game and that will bring out the best in Errol. It promises to be an entertaining show for boxing fans.'' 

"SHOWTIME has become home to the biggest stars in boxing and Errol Spence is one of its brightest," said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming for SHOWTIME. "Spence made an emphatic statement one year ago when he traveled to Sheffield, England to wrest the title from the champion on his home turf. Now, a young and talented Carlos Ocampo has an opportunity to do the same. We are proud to team up with the Dallas Cowboys, Ford Center, TGB Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions to deliver yet another of boxing's must-see, marquee events."  

"It's known how energetic and exciting the sport of boxing is, but to be able to host IBF World Champion Errol Spence Jr. here at The Star to represent our city, and his hometown, will be an unforgettable experience for all," said Dallas Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones.

I'm honored to be fighting in Dallas before my hometown fans and the people who have supported me from the beginning. Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr.

Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) returned home with the welterweight title last May after defeating champion Kell Brook in Brook's hometown of Sheffield, England. The 28-year-old southpaw from Desoto, Texas made his first defense against former two-division champion Lamont Peterson, stopping him via seventh round technical knockout on Jan. 20 in Brooklyn.

A 2012 U.S. Olympian at the London Games, Spence has knocked out 10 straight opponents to climb the ranks of the division. In the wake of Floyd Mayweather's retirement from boxing, four of the top-five ranked welterweights-Danny Garcia of Philadelphia, Shawn Porter of Las Vegas, Keith Thurman of Clearwater, Fla., and Spence-are all vying for the top spot in one of history's most popular weight classes. 

"I'm honored to be fighting in Dallas before my hometown fans and the people who have supported me from the beginning," said Spence, who last fought in Dallas in 2015, a knockout victory over Alejandro Barrera. "This is something I've been wanting to do for a while now. It's going to be great to fight at The Star, and because I'm a big Dallas Cowboys fan, I'm looking forward to fighting on the campus of Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters.

"I believe that I'm the number one fighter in the welterweight division and I'll step into the ring on June 16 with that feeling. I'm going to draw from the energy of my fans. I've studied some of Ocampo and I can tell he likes to box but he's willing to get into a fight. I know how he feels going into someone else's hometown for his first shot at the title. This is his big opportunity and it's going to make this a great event." 

The 22-year-old Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) will be taking a major step forward in his career with this mandatory title challenge against Spence. Ocampo, of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico will be making his U.S. debut and fighting professionally outside of Mexico for the first time. Ocampo is a two-time silver medalist at the Mexican Olympiad, an amateur national championship tournament. His holds significant professional victories over former world title challengers Jorge Paez, Jr. and Charlie Navarro while he most recently scored a seventh round stoppage of Dario Ferman in November. 

"I'm training very hard for my fight against Errol Spence Jr.," said Ocampo. "This is the opportunity that I've worked my whole life to get and I'm coming to take Spence's belt on June 16. I will give the fans a very exciting fight and show once again what Mexican fighters are made of."

For a closer look at Spence vs Ocampo, check out our fight page.

In this episode of PBC Jabs, Josesito "The Riverside Rocky" Lopez checks in ahead of his April 28th fight—his first in over a year—against unbeaten contender Miguel Cruz on FOX.

Plus, we recap the action from our April 21st Showtime card featuring headlined by a back-and-forth battle between Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas.

Baltimore native not satisfied with regaining 130-pound title, wants his IBF strap back and then a possible showdown with Vasyl Lomachenko.

Gervonta Davis TKO's Jesus Cuellar (Showtime Sports)

Trainer Kevin Cunningham predicted Gervonta Davis would “obliterate” former champion Jesus Cuellar to regain a 130-pound title. And the 23-year-old Davis did just that Saturday night—stopping Cuellar in less than three brutally efficient rounds at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“Tank” Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) floored Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) once in the second with a piercing straight left to the ribs, and again in the third round from a left shot to the abdomen, and for the final time by ending a four-punch combination with a left uppercut to the chin followed by a right to the temple.

Referee Benjy Esteves Jr. waved off the contest at the 2:45 mark, and Davis immediately demanded a title unification. 

“I definitely want the winner out of Tevin Farmer and Billy Dib,” said Davis, the newly-crowned WBA titleholder. “I wanna regain the IBF title I started with. I want my belt back, and I’m ready to unify more after that.”

Davis’ promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., has longer-range goals of matching him against Vasyl Lomachenko, who will pursue his third crown in as many divisions against 135-pound champion Jorge Linares on May 12.

“I’ll fight Lomachenko,” Davis said. “If they’re ready to put us on pay per view and to do good numbers, then, let’s do it.”

A focused Tank is a dangerous Tank and can be the best in the division. I won my first belt last year with 16 fights, but I’m still up and coming, paying my dues, and letting my team guide me in the right direction. 130-pound World Champion Gervonta Davis

Davis returned to Barclays Center where—in January 2017, at just 22—he became the youngest reigning champion with a seventh-round knockout of  IBF titleholder Jose Pedraza

Davis then traveled to London for his initial defense last May, when he dropped and stopped southpaw Liam Walsh in the third round in front of Walsh’s hometown fans. 

But Davis lost his crown on the scales before his second defense in August, an eighth-round knockout victory over Francisco Fonseca on the Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard. 

Davis switched trainers to Cunningham from career-long corner man Calvin Ford, who served as an assistant. 

“Gervonta displayed everything I thought he would: Speed, skill, talent, one-punch knockout power, and the mentality of a finisher,” Cunningham said. “And once he smells blood, he’s trying to get you outta there, which is what the fans wanna see. He is the next and much more.”

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 31-year-old Cuellar ended a 16-month ring absence in search of his second world title in his 130-pound debut against Davis, last being in action in December 2016 when he was dropped in the 11th round and dethroned as 126-pound title-holder following a split-decision loss to three-division champion Abner Mares.

Cuellar won an interim crown by unanimous decision over Claudio Marrero in August 2013, his five defenses including three straight knockouts and stoppages of former world champions Juan Manuel Lopez and Vic Darchinyan.

“A focused Tank is a dangerous Tank and can be the best in the division,” Davis said. “I won my first belt last year with 16 fights, but I’m still up and coming, paying my dues, and letting my team guide me in the right direction.”

For a closer look at Davis vs Cuellar, check out our fight page.

Fight Night: Fri, May 11, 2018 - Sam's Town, Las Vegas, Nevada

Smith vs Harrison

Super welterweight contender Tony Harrison defeats former 154-pound world champion Ishe "Sugar Shay'' Smith by split decision.
Smith vs Harrison 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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Detroit native misses out on becoming first fighter to stop Smith, but still scores important win

Tony Harrison promised to become the first fighter to stop former 154-pound champion Ishe Smith.

While he came close, the Detroit native had to settle for a less satisfying split decision win in a Bounce TV-televised main event from Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.

Harrison escaped horrible judging—but just barely—winning by scores of 97-92 and 96-93, which overruled a 95-94 score in favor of Smith, the first Las Vegas-born world champion.

I thought I could’ve put a lot more shots together offensively. Ishe is a vet and he showed it each and every round,” Harrison said. “Each round that I thought I could stop him, he came back. I just had to put the pressure on him a little more.”

Harrison (27-2, 21 knockouts) scored an official knockdown in the third round following a one-two combination that buckled Smith’s legs to the point that you’d think Matrix moves are all that could have kept him from touching the canvas. Referee Tony Weeks ruled it a knockdown but multiple replays show that Smith’s knee didn't quite touch the canvas.

It wouldn’t be the last time Harrison had Smith (29-10, 12 KOs) hurt, but he often fought like a video game boxer with a busted stamina bar. He staggered Smith at the end of the sixth and went for it, but ultimately let Smith off the hook when Weeks was looking to jump in.

He also hurt Smith again badly in the eighth round, landing an alarmingly high amount of power shots. If you didn’t already know Smith was tough as hell, he waved on more from Harrison—who didn't oblige.

Harrison seemed content to run out the clock in the ninth and tenth when he could have probably pressed and become the first fighter to stop Smith. His lack of willingness to force it in the late rounds is understandable when you remember this is a guy who was twice stopped in the ninth round.

 

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Fight Night: Sat, May 19, 2018 - MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Russell vs Diaz

Featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. defended his WBC title against top-ranked challenger Joseph Diaz Jr. via a unanimous decision victory in his home state.
Russell Jr vs Diaz 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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Gary Russell Jr. puts on impressive show for hometown fans in Maryland

In the main event from MGM National Harbor in Maryland, it was a tactical and hard-fought battle of two former U.S. Olympians as Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KOs) defeated Diaz Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs).  Russell won the contest via unanimous decision, 115-113 and 117-111 twice, to retain his WBC featherweight world title. The 29-year-old hometown favorite used his hand speed, quickness and relentless attack to overwhelm Diaz Jr., the previously undefeated top-ranked contender. 

Russell Jr.’s game plan to dictate the pace and establish the jab was clear, throwing a career-high 587 jabs throughout the 12-round battle. While the number of punches landed were close (199-192 in favor of Russell Jr.), Russell Jr.’s output trumped Diaz Jr.’s accuracy as the champion’s career-high 992 punches thrown were the most ever for him in a CompuBox tracked fight. Diaz Jr. was committed to attacking the body of Russell Jr., but he was unable to break the champion down, who injured his right hand in the third round.

“We train to survive those body shots,” said Russell Jr. “We put the work in every day in the ring. We consistently grind and push ourselves to be great and we push ourselves to the limit.

“I was disappointed in my performance because I wasn't planning on going the distance. I hurt the right hand, but I still had to use it, because he could not get past my jab.”

Diaz Jr. showed heart and youthful enthusiasm, closing the fight with a strong final round but ultimately, he lacked the creative, diversified attack needed to truly trouble Russell Jr. 

“The game plan was to break him down with the body shots and start attacking him more in the later rounds,” said the South El Monte, Calif. native. “But I started attacking him too late and didn't pick it up until the 8th or 9th round. Gary Russell Jr. is a tremendous fighter and he did a great job keeping me at bay.”

“This will just make me a hungrier fighter. I hope I got the respect of a lot of fight fans. I wanted to become champion against the best featherweight fighter in the world. Tonight wasn't my night but I'm going to bounce back harder and I'll be champion soon.”

 

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