"I can tell you that the rumors are true."

This week on PBC Jabs, former featherweight champ Carl Frampton returns to the ring this Saturday, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder checks in before he heads over to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for some ringside commentating and we preview our August 24th FS1 show!

Former two-division champ Carl Frampton returns home to face Australia’s undefeated Luke Jackson at Windsor Park in an interim WBO 126-pound bout presented by Showtime Sports. Frampton is the current interim WBO title holder and with a win over Jackson there could be some big fights in line for him. But, there’s another big name who will be ringside for Frampton’s fight: WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder.

Wilder will provide live ringside commentary for the broadcast—which features a fight with fellow heavyweight and former unified champion Tyson Fury—streaming live on Showtime Boxing’s Facebook page and Showtime Sports’ Youtube channel which begins at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT. Wilder joins us this week in an exclusive interview to discuss his upcoming trip to Belfast and to address the rumors around a possible fight with Fury.

On August 24th PBC on FS1 returns from The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota as welterweight contender Jamal James headlines in his hometown to challenge Mexico’s Mahonry Montes. And in the co-feature middleweight contenders Willie Monroe Jr. and Immanuwel Aleem will square off. The broadcast start at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, live on FS1.

That's it for this week's PBC Jabs. Thanks for watching and we'll see you next time as we continue to bring you the best in boxing.

With his August 4th victory over Devon Alexander, Andre Berto likely put his name back on the radar of the top fighters in the welterweight division.

In this episode of PBC Jabs, we recap our August 4th FOX show, former welterweight champ Andre Berto checks in after his victory over Devon Alexander, and in case you missed it, there’s a new light heavyweight champion!

On August 4th PBC delivered plenty of boxing action on FOX and FS2. The night began on FS2 with a welterweight bout between former champion Luis Collazo and prospect Bryant Perrella. Collazo dominated the fight and had Perrella hurt in the later rounds. Perrella managed to tough it out and go the distance, but it was Collazo who pulled off the majority decision victory. Then, light heavyweight contender and Staten Island native Marcus Browne faced Dominican Lenin Castillo. Despite a 5th-round knockdown by Castillo, Browne used his speed and jab to control the bout and went on to win by unanimous decision.

The action continued on FOX with a co-main event featuring former middleweight champ Peter Quillin facing top contender J’Leon Love. Quillin delivered a higher output of punches and landed the bigger shots throughout the fight earning himself a decisive UD win. And in the main event, former welterweight world champs Andre Berto and Devon Alexander met in a 12-round bout. Alexander started the fight off strong scoring a third-round knockdown, but as the fight went into the later rounds Berto began his comeback and ultimately pulled out a narrow split decision. And joining us this week to reflect on his fight with Alexander is Berto himself. 

In case you missed it, on August 4th, unbeaten light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez scored the biggest win of his career over Sergey Kovalev. Alvarez trailed on all three scorecards heading into the seventh-round, but the Canada-based Colombian knocked Kovalev down three times, resulting in the ref waiving the fight off and Alvarez claiming the WBO’s 175-pound title. Click here to read Alvarez’s reaction to the big win.

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

Super lightweights Sharif Bogere and Juan Heraldez each score UD victories on a PBC on Bounce card from Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.

Ladarius Miller holds off Dennis Galarza in a battle of lightweight prospects on a PBC on Bounce card on August 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Nabeel Ahmad/ Premier Boxing Champions)

Ladarius Miller and Dennis Galarza entered Friday night’s PBC on Bounce main event at a crossroads, two lightweights trying to make a name for themselves. After the end of 10 closely competitive rounds at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, it was Miller who walked away with the victory.

Miller (17-1, 5 knockouts) earned a unanimous decision, by way too wide scores of 99-91, 97-93, and a fair 96-94 margin. There wasn’t much to separate the two, but perhaps the judges favored the stiff left hook that Miller landed regularly.

“I fought a tough opponent but I felt like I went in there and did what I was supposed to do,” Miller said. “I thought I controlled the fight the way I wanted to, but it wasn’t my best performance. I know that I can come back even better.”

The two 135 pounders fought at a frigid pace mostly off their back foot. Miller took the lead more often than Galarza (16-4, 9 KOs), who seemed content to try and fight on the outside for much of the bout.

Miller dug some good left hooks to the body of Galarza and seemed to build an early lead, but Galarza came on in the middle rounds once he began to time his opponent's offense. Still, Galarza rarely strung together combinations, trying to win rounds by landing one big punch here and there.

Galarza popped a good jab, but was still out-jabbed by Miller, who had an edge in handspeed. Miller also hid behind his shoulder and flashed good head movement that made him a difficult target to hit.

“Galarza’s height was definitely difficult to deal with and I had to really work to get on the inside,” Miller said. “He tried to use his range and I had to make adjustments. I tried to keep him off balance and fight my fight.”

Miller was tripped to the canvas in the ninth round but it was correctly ruled a slip. There was quite a bit of holding throughout, making for an ugly fight at times.

Galarza’s level of activity made it hard to find rounds to score in his favor, but Miller wasn’t that much more effective. Still, it’s Miller who steps closer towards serious contention whereas Galarza has now dropped two straight fights.

One of the proteges of his promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miller has now won eight straight fights dating back to a six-round decision loss to Rolando Chinea in February 2016 in the same location as Friday night's fight—Sam’s Town.

The win puts Miller in the mix for a bigger fight in a crowded 135-pound division. Time is on Miller’s side as he just celebrated his 25th birthday a few weeks ago. 

Before the fight, Miller was clamoring that he was going to put the lightweight division on notice. Instead, he may realize he’s still a couple fights away from being ready to fight for a world title.

“I’m ready to keep testing myself and move forward,” said Miller. “I’m ready for any opportunity that comes my way against the best of the division.”

Former super lightweight title challenger Sharif Bogere scores a UD win over Chile's Oscar Bravo on a PBC on Bounce card on August 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Nabeel Ahmad/ Premier Boxing Champions)

Super lightweights Sharif Bogere and Juan Heraldez each score UD victories

Additional televised action saw former title challenger Sharif Bogere (32-1, 20 KOs) win a hard fought unanimous decision over Chile's Oscar Bravo (23-8, 11 KOs) in their 10-round super lightweight showdown.

Bogere showed off an impressive arsenal, stinging Bravo early with a check left hook and combination punching that left his opponent bleeding from his left eye from the early rounds. Bravo pushed forward and tried to trap Bogere against the ropes while throwing power punches, despite the impairment.

Even with the 10-round onslaught from Bravo, Bogere was able to consistently counter and hurt Bravo, never allowing the Chilean fighter to put him in any real danger. The judges all saw the fight for Bogere with scores of 99-91 and 100-90 twice.

In the opening bout of the telecast, unbeaten Juan Heraldez (14-0, 8 KOs) rode a first-round knockdown and impressive combination punching on his way to a unanimous decision victory over Kevin Watts (11-3, 4 KOs) in their 10-round super lightweight matchup.

Heraldez delivered a thundering counter left uppercut that sent Watts to the canvas in the opening frame of the fight. Watts was able to survive the round but it set the tone for what was to come, as Heraldez was consistently landed the cleaner and more powerful punches.

Watts attempted to get back in the fight leading with a power left hook but Heraldez was able to keep him at bay and deliver his own offense to earn the victory by scores of 100-89 and 98-91 twice.

For a complete look at Miller vs Galarza, check out our fight page.

Pair of former welterweight world champions are facing a must-win situation to secure 147-pound relevancy when they meet in the main of event of PBC on FOX tomorrow night in New York.

Once considered elite-level welterweights, Devon Alexander and Andre Berto were brought down by injuries, health issues, and personal setbacks. Their individual battles to re-establish themselves as elite players in the white-hot 147-pound division have now led to a crossing of paths and a true “do or die” showdown.

The former world champions meet tomorrow night in a primetime contest of dire importance on a FOX and FOX Deportes-televised card (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT) from NYCB LIVE, formerly the Nassau Coliseum, in Uniondale, New York.

Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KOs) is coming off a controversial draw with Victor Ortiz in February that many felt should’ve gone his way and a unanimous decision win over Walter Castillo three months before that.

Prior to the Castillo bout, though, Alexander battled an addiction to painkillers that saw the talented southpaw lose 25 months to inactivity. In the two years prior to his layoff and rehabilitation, the former two-division world champ had lost three of four.

The Alexander who returned last November against Castillo, however, looked refreshed and renewed, fighting like the Alexander who had beaten the likes of Junior Witter, Lucas Matthysse, and Marcos Maidana.

When playing at full capacity, the St. Louis native is a nightmare of an opponent with a skillful defense and a quick, efficient offense.

The 31-year-old has the tools to fight at a distance, but is at his best when sitting in the pocket, using angles to make opponents miss and setting subtle traps to draw foes off balance. Alexander also utilizes a sharp jab as a positioning tool to set up fast, accurate follow-ups.

The main criticism regarding the former welterweight and junior welterweight titlist is that he sometimes gets caught up in his own cuteness and does just enough to win rounds when he could push to completely close the show.

But Alexander knows the importance of this upcoming clash and realizes that if he’s going to get to the top again, he can’t hold back.

“This fight can catapult us to a world title shot and that’s my goal…and that’s what I’m focusing on,” Alexander said. “I’m hungry. I just turned 31…and I feel refreshed, I feel vibrant, and I just want to show people that I’m still one of the elite welterweights in the division.”

This fight can catapult us to a world title shot and that’s my goal. I’m hungry. I just want to show people that I’m still one of the elite welterweights in the division. Former two-division Champion Devon Alexander

Berto (31-5, 24 KOs), meanwhile, is in the exact same place as Alexander, working towards getting back to the top and fully aware of the fact that time is not on his side. He’s also conscious of the fact that his opponent on Saturday will be competing under similar pressure.

“I believe that Devon Alexander is going to be at his best,” Berto said.  “I know Kevin Cunningham [Alexander’s trainer]. He’s a great coach…He’s going to let him know that this is a do-or-die opportunity for him…So it’s going to be up to Devon if he’s going to rise up to the occasion, and the same thing on my end…I need to come out with a win.”

The 34-year-old Floridian and former two-time welterweight champ is a bull of a fighter, gifted with all-around good physical tools.

In recent years, a nagging shoulder injury and problems with his liver and kidneys have hampered his ability to fight at a consistent level. But with a nearly 16-month layoff since his last fight, Berto insists that he’s well-rested and 100-percent healthy.

A Berto firing on all cylinders has a thudding jab, fast hands, and a propensity for delivering good action fights with his aggressive mindset and willingness to go to war.

Coming up as a welterweight in the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao era, Berto suffered through some unfair disregard in his prime, but his resume is solid with entertaining wins over Luis Collazo, Carlos Quintana, and Josesito Lopez.

Berto also doesn’t go down easy, as evidenced by his all-out Fight of the Year war with Victor Ortiz in 2011 (later avenged via fourth-round TKO), and his valiant losing efforts, battling through injury against Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass.

In his most recent fights, Berto’s TKO of Ortiz is sandwiched between a decision loss to Mayweather in 2015 and a stoppage loss to Shawn Porter in a headbutt-heavy brawl back in April of last year.

If Berto is to be successful against Alexander, he’ll need to be healthy and sharp, imposing his physicality on Alexander while avoiding the traps set to disrupt his timing and positioning. His brutal right uppercut—maybe the strongest punch in his arsenal—will be the best weapon against his southpaw opponent.

Alexander, on the other hand, will have to be his usual self in dealing with a fighter like Berto who is carrying a real chip on his shoulder. He will need to put doubt in Berto’s mind by using angles and utilizing the jab to keep him from getting full leverage on his punches.

Simply put—in a bout between veterans whose dreams of career rebirth end with a loss, the battle to impose one’s will on the other should be monumental. Do or die.

For a complete look at Berto vs Alexander, check out our fight page.

Fight Night: Fri, Aug 24, 2018 - The Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota

James vs Montes

Welterweight contender Jamal James scored a highlight-reel KO of Mexico's Mahonry Montes in front of his hometown fans in Minneapolis.
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MINNEAPOLIS — Welterweight contender Jamal James (24-1, 11 KOs )gave his hometown crowd a treat as he sent Mahonry Montes (35-8-1, 24 KOs) to the canvas for a second round knockout in the main event of a jam-packed three-hour night of Premier Boxing Champions action Friday fromthe Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"I came out here to make a statement and I'm even happier to be able to do it right here at home," said James. "The support in Minnesota is amazing and it gave me the extra motivation to get the job done in spectacular fashion. Everyone knows I attack the body and tonight I was able to use it to get the finish"

In his second straight fight at the Armory, James made a statement by quickly dispatching Mexico's Montes with a punishing left hook to the body that left his opponent crumpled on the canvas.

James broke through in the last 30 seconds of the second round, landing numerous unanswered right hands that put Montes in immediate trouble. James finished the show with the devastating body shot that eventually forced referee Mark Nelson to halt the bout at 2:58 of the round.

"I feel like I'm ready for the elite welterweights and tonight proved it again," said James. "I'm going to keep working hard and taking down anyone they put in front of me. It's time for me to make my mark in the division."

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A battle between former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo and contender Bryant Perrella is the type of match that some would consider a show stealer. Tucked underneath a stacked PBC on FOX card that is headlined by former 147-pound world champions Andre Berto and Devon Alexander, Collazo-Perrella pits two boxers with the same temperament and styles – aggressive, high-action southpaws.

The 37-year-old Collazo (37-7, 20 KOs) is highly experienced and has faced some of the best boxers of the past decade. The Brooklyn native has lost decisions—most of them close—to the likes of Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, and Berto. Collazo possesses an underrated ring IQ that can come only from years of facing quality opposition and hundreds of rounds fought.

In his last bout, Collazo stopped top prospect and fellow southpaw Sammy Vasquez in the sixth round with a short right hand to the chin. By the time Collazo steps into the ring with Perrella on Saturday, he’ll have been out of the ring for 18 months. The New Yorker had surgery last August to repair a torn left biceps tendon, and the lengthy layoff may result in some ring rust for Collazo.

One of the benefits, though, of experience like Collazo’s is that he’s seen it all before. He’s had lengthy layoffs in the past, he’s dealt with injuries, he’s been hurt during a match, and he’s been knocked down. Through it all, Collazo’s enormous heart and willpower has prevailed, even in defeat. When he’s victorious, it’s often his craftiness that has earned him the win. He has a way of lulling his opponents into a sense of comfort and then snatching the victory out from under them.

Collazo is a world level fighter. He has a great 1-2, utilizing his right jab to set up a straight left hand. His balance is on point, which enables him to land his punches with more ferocity during exchanges, or in the late rounds, than his opponents sometimes do.

Perrella (15-1, 13 KOs) is a 29-year-old Florida native looking to establish himself in the welterweight division. The southpaw had an impressive amateur career, having defeated super lightweight world champion Regis Prograis in the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials. As a pro, he worked his way up and knocked out fellow prospect David Grayton in the second round in June 2016.

Perrella has only lost to the best the division has to offer just like Collazo. That single loss in September of 2016 was to Yordenis Ugas. Aside from having to deal with Ugas’ remarkable ring intelligence and fundamentals, Perrella was suffering from a right leg injury sustained during training camp. After a 14-month layoff to recover, Perrella was last seen in December 2017 when he defeated top prospect Alex Martin by unanimous decision.

Perrella stands 6’1” tall, a four-inch advantage over Collazo. While Perrella doesn’t typically utilize his height to full effect, his length does give him great leverage on his punches. A potential problem for Perrella is that he often drops his lead right hand, which could leave him open for Collazo’s straight left.

His awkwardness and unorthodox style is perhaps his strongest asset. Perrella shows his opponents different looks consistently and has his own solid 1-2. His southpaw right hook, when he finds an opening for it, is quick and devastating—as he illustrated when he dropped Martin with it last December. His 81% knockout ratio speaks for itself.

Does Collazo still have enough left in the tank to defeat a young, hungry, and tricky fighter? Is Perrella ready for a gritty and experienced veteran like Collazo?

This battle of lefties at dramatically different stages of their careers is a classic match-up of youth versus experience, and which will prevail is anyone’s guess. What isn’t hard to determine, though, is what we’ll see in the ring on fight night: two welterweights with no fear of letting their hands go, each of whom knows he needs to win in order to move on to bigger things and perhaps face the winner of the main event.

When light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne steps into the ring against Lenin Castillo at NYCB Live-Nassau Coliseum in Unionville, N.Y. on Saturday night, there won’t be a title on the line.

For a highly-ranked contender like Browne, who saw a prime opportunity to fight for his first world championship go up in smoke earlier this summer, that’s tough to handle.

But Browne (21-0, 16 KOs) can’t let that disappointment knock him off his game. He knows that if he gets derailed by Castillo (18-1-1, 13 KOs), then that high-ranking and the chance for a world title will drift away.

Browne said he doesn’t plan to lose sight of what’s in front of him and he’s not taking Castillo lightly in a 10-round match that will be broadcast on FS2 beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. Browne-Castillo will be on the undercard of a telecast that will be headlined by former welterweight champions Andre Berto and Devon Alexander on FOX and FOX Deportes in primetime at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

When the bell rings, the 27-year-old southpaw from Staten Island plans to give Castillo a heavy dose of all his skills. And those skills include his sharp jab, excellent footwork, lots of head movement, combination punching and a powerful right hand that finish things off.

Whenever Browne, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team, unveils these skills he comes out victorious. Oftentimes, by knockout.

And while he refuses to say how this fight will end. He promises to not look beyond Castillo and deliver an impressive win for the fans.

Besides, Browne knows a victory keeps him on track toward a world title. And he doesn’t intend to let anyone stand in his way.

“A victory keeps me in title contention and keeps me moving forward, so I’m not sleeping on this kid,” Browne said. “He knows what a victory against me will do for him. I’m thinking the same way. I’m staying focused and I’m staying hungry. This fight is no different from the 21 I’ve had previously.”

For his part, Castillo, who is from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is eager to prove he’s just as talented as Browne and just as worthy of a title shot. He has not displayed the power in his right hand that Browne possesses, nor the footwork, head movement, hand speed, punching combinations and sharp jab.

Nor has Castillo faced the same level of opposition as Browne. He enters this fight a huge underdog. But he’s ready for whatever the New York native throws his way Saturday night.

“I’ve been following Browne’s career for some time. Facing him was something I was waiting for, and now it’s better because he is [ranked] No. 2 in the WBO,” Castillo said.

If Castillo is going to upset Browne, he’ll need to be aggressive. He lacks Brown’s jab, hand speed and power, so making this fight ugly appears to be his best shot.

Avoiding Brown’s stiff jab will prove difficult. None of Brown’s previous foes have been able to do so. Browne has knocked out five of his last six opponents and looked very impressive in stopping Thomas Williams, Jr. and Sean Monaghan last year to climb higher in the rankings. In his last fight he scored an impressive TKO victory over Francy Ntetu on Jan. 20.

 But Castillo is undaunted. He is confident he will leave the ring victorious and put himself in the title conversation.

There is one problem, however, Brown is also extremely confident. He isn’t looking beyond Castillo and is refusing to have his title shot taken from him. An upset Saturday night is unlikely.

Browne will not state aloud that he will finish Castillo early. He hasn’t called a knockout against any of his previous opponents, but read between the lines and you’ll hear Brown say that he expects to end this fight before Round 10.

“I’m going to show my skills. And the fight’s going to go as long as it goes,” Browne said. “I‘m ready for 10 rounds. But we don’t get paid for overtime.”

For former welterweight champion Shawn Porter, fighting Danny Swift Garcia on September 8th is more than a fight ... it’s personal.

This week on PBC Jabs, we preview our action-packed weekend of shows on August 3rd and August 4th. Plus, “Showtime” Shawn Porter checks in following the recent announcement of Garcia vs Porter on September 8th

On Friday, August 3rd PBC returns to Bounce from Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In the main event, rising lightweight  contender Ladarius Miller looks to add to his 7-fight win streak when he meets Dennis Galarza in a 135-pound showdown. Plus, Cesar Barrionuevo makes his U.S. debut against rugged Abel Ramos, and unbeaten junior welterweight Juan Heraldez faces Kevin Watts. Visit BounceTV.com to check your local listings, or stream the fights live on the Brown Sugar app starting at 9 pm ET / 6pm PT. 

On August 4th former welterweight world champs Andre Berto and Devon Alexander will meet in a 12-round main event for 147-pound relevancy from NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In the co-feature former middleweight champ Peter Quillin faces contender J’Leon Love in a 168-pound bout. Plus, don’t miss the special edition of PBC on FS2 at 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT with a welterweight showdown between former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo against prospect Bryant Perrella. And, unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne takes on once-beaten Lenin Castillo in a 10-round match.

Finally, in case you missed it, former world champs Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter are set to battle for the vacant WBC welterweight title on Saturday, September 8th, live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Both men are hungry to reclaim their title as “world champion,” and joining us this week to share his thoughts on the fight—and to offer his prediction for Berto vs Alexander, both former opponents of his—is Porter himself.

Unbeaten Polish heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki meets former champion Charles Martin on the Showtime tripleheader from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Ugas vs

BROOKLYN — Top 147-pound contender Yordenis Ugas and Argentine slugger Cesar Barrionuevo will battle in a WBC welterweight title eliminator while unbeaten Polish heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki will face former heavyweight champion Charles Martin in a 10-round attraction as part of a tripleheader live on SHOWTIME Saturday, September 8 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
 
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) will pit two of the division's biggest names against each other as former 147-pound champions Danny "Swift" Garcia and "Showtime" Shawn Porter square off for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Championship. The winner of Ugas vs. Barrionuevo earns the WBC's second mandatory position to the winner of Garcia vs. Porter. 
 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with DSG Promotions, start at $50 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
 
Ugas (22-3, 11 KOs), who was born in Cuba and now lives in Las Vegas, is one of the busiest boxers in the sport and a consensus top-10 fighter in the welterweight division. After losing a unanimous decision to Amir Imam in 2014, the 32-year-old Ugas took a year off from boxing, moved up to 147 pounds and came back on a tear. During a 12-month span from August 2016 to August 2017, Ugas won five straight fights, knocking off top contenders and prospects including Jamal James, Bryant Perrella, Levan Ghvamichava, Thomas Dulorme and Nelson Lara. Ugas has added two more stoppage victories in 2018, including February on SHOWTIME when he handed Ray Robinson his first defeat since a 2010 decision to Shawn Porter.
 
"I'm very excited to be part of such a great card,'' Ugas said. "This is a huge opportunity to put myself in position to fight the best fighters in the welterweight division and that's my goal. I don't know much about my opponent, but he is a power punching Argentine and I have to be 100 percent ready come September 8. This will be my second appearance on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and I look forward to making another huge statement. I'm going to close the show in New York like my friend, Yankees' closer Aroldis Chapman.''
 
Barrionuevo (34-3-2, 24 KOs) has devastating one-punch power and is wildly popular in his native Argentina, where he has held regional titles while stopping seven of his last nine opponents. Barrionuevo will make his U.S. debut on September 8. The 29-year-old has won 10 fights in a row and has only lost once since 2010 as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse, elite welterweights from Argentina. Barrionuevo, who is ranked No. 6 by the WBC at 147 pounds, was previously scheduled to face Abel Ramos on Aug. 3 in Las Vegas before taking the opportunity to fight Ugas in this title eliminator.  
 
"I am proud to be fighting in the United States and fighting on SHOWTIME is a dream come true,'' said Barrionuevo. "Argentine boxing has a long history of great champions from Carlos Monzon to Sergio Martinez and most recently Marcos Maidana. I am looking to become one of those great Argentine fighters of this era and it starts on September 8. I bring the power and the heart of my country with me and expect all the Argentine flags to be out at Barclays Center.''
 
Kownacki (17-0, 14 KOs) has become a must-see attraction amongst the large contingent of Polish boxing fans in his hometown of Brooklyn and will return to fight at Barclays Center for the fifth time on September 8. The 29-year-old has steadily climbed up the rankings, having most recently knocked out then once-beaten heavyweight Iago Kiladze in Brooklyn in January. Prior to that win, the undefeated heavyweight scored a dominant stoppage of Artur Szpilka last July on Long Island in a matchup of top Polish heavyweights.
 
"It's exciting to be back in the ring on SHOWTIME to showcase my skills,'' said Kownacki. "It will be another step to reach my goal of becoming the first Polish heavyweight champion. I am training hard in preparation to fight Charles Martin. It will be an amazing night in Barclays Center. I'm hoping Barclays Center will be covered in white and red.''
 
Born in St. Louis, Martin (25-1-1, 23 KOs) captured the IBF Heavyweight World Championship in January 2016 via a third round TKO against Vyacheslav Glazkov at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME. The 32-year-old scored knockouts in 21 of his first 23 before losing in his first title defense against Anthony Joshua in the UK. Martin trains in Big Bear, California and has since scored two knockout victories on his way towards a matchup with Kownacki that could move him closer to another shot at a belt.
 
"I don't want to talk about fighting, I just want to get in there and show off my skills," said Martin. "For this fight I asked for the toughest opponent that I could get. I'm not worried about who is in front of me. I will be ready on September 8."

For a complete look at Garcia vs Porter, check out our fight page.

Four-division champion hands Easter his first loss, calls out welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr.

LOS ANGELES — When Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter finished weighing in Friday, Easter laughed as he pointed at Garcia's soft midsection, while flexing his own eight-pack. On Saturday night in front of 12,560 fans at the STAPLES Center, it was Mikey Garcia who got the last laugh.

Garcia (39-0, 30 knockouts) continued to stake his claim as being the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, unifying his WBC lightweight title with Easter's IBF belt following a lopsided twelve-round master class performance.

"I told you guys I was coming for bigger things and now we’re one step closer to achieving that," Garcia said after the victory.

After a slow first round that could have been shaded to Easter (21-1, 14 KOs), it was pretty much all Garcia the rest of the way. He applied pressure brilliantly -- without throwing punches, but by utilizing his world-class footwork to trap Easter in corners and on the ropes. It was there that Garcia was able to land left hooks almost at will, getting them behind the high guard of Easter.

A right hand-left hook in the third round deposited Easter on the seat of his pants. Though Easter may have been outclassed Saturday, he fought on gamely, taking punishment in the form of crisp and accurate combinations from Garcia.

Easter had his moments. He was controlling the sixth and seventh rounds with his jab, but in both stanzas, Garcia stole the round with heavy barrages in the final 30 seconds that left a more lasting impression.

The highlight of the fight was an action-packed ninth round. Easter was able to trap Garcia on the ropes and land a big combination that looked for a second like it stunned him. But Garcia came back, landing another accurate barrage that culminated in a left hook to the body that stopped Easter in his tracks. Easter didn't throw another meaningful punch in the remaining minute of the round and seemed dejected as he went to his corner.

Garcia tried to close the show without his opponent seeing the final bell but came up short. Steve Weisfeld had it 118-109, Larry Hazzard Jr had it 117-110, and Edward Hernandez Sr scored it a bit too close at 116-111.

"He gave a great fight but I was the better fighter," Garcia said. "I was in control of the fight and I did what I had to do to win."

Garcia outlanded Easter 176-to-129, with a 99-to-40 edge in power shots.

"He was just a better man tonight, Easter said. "I take my hat off to Mikey. He’s a true warrior."

Garcia has his sights set on welterweight—specifically IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. in what is unquestionably one of the biggest fights that can be made in boxing. Many feel as though Garcia would be biting off more than he can chew by seeking that fight, but he said in the ring that's the fight he wants.

“I’m here for the biggest challenges," Garcia said. "I don’t know if there is anyone that is a bigger challenge than Errol Spence. I know he’s up to fight everyone so let’s make it happen. I feel I have the power and the skillset to compete in any division up to welterweight. He’s the toughest guy at welterweight so I want to face him."

"I feel like that’s the best fight available for me right now with Shawn and Danny fighting in September," Garcia said after the fight. "Keith Thurman is still recovering and needs a tune up."

"He will be pound-for-pound No. 1 if he beats me," Spence added. "But it’s not going to happen. He has great skills, but I see myself winning."

Easter has no reason to hang his head—he was overmatched by a generational talent in Garcia.

"We go back to the drawing board," Easter said of what's next. "Whenever we win, lose, or draw we go back to the drawing board and we work hard."

"Some nights are better than others," said Easter's trainer Kevin Cunningham, who was working with him for the first time. "He is young. He will be back. He showed a lot of heart tonight."
For Garcia, the sky is the limit. And he seems determined to shoot for the stars.

Ortiz stops Cojanu; Barrios stays perfect

Heavyweight Luis Ortiz (29-1, 25 KOs) shook off his first defeat as a loss by scoring a startling second-roun knockout of Razvan Cojanu (16-4, 9 KOs). Ortiz landed a thudding shot, which Cojanu tried to get up from but fell forward multiple times.

Ortiz moved around like a middleweight before ultimately landing the knockout blow.

“Those are things that my trainer and I have been practicing at the gym," Ortiz said after the fight. "I put into action the plan my trainer and I put together and it worked flawlessly."

Junior welterweight Mario Barrios (22-0, 14 KOs) took another step towards entering the upper-level at 140 pounds on Saturday night.

Barrios proved his opponent Jose Roman (24-3-1, 16 KOs) was overmatched, using his strength and superior skills to batter game but outgunned Roman. After eight lopsided rounds, Roman's corner chose to stop the fight.

Roman visited the canvas in the fourth round following a heavy barrage by Barrios. He would later go down again in the eighth round, and the one-sidedness of the bout was enough to convince Roman's corner it was time to call it a day.

For a complete look at Garcia vs Easter, check out our fight page.

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