Takeaway’s From This Weekend

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With action on both sides of the pond, here is our biggest take away’s after watching all of the fights.

Breazeale is Tough

Most thought Dominic Breazeale would not last more then four rounds with IBF Heavyweight Champ Anthony Joshua and in the opening round that looked to be the case. But his heart and chin kept him in the fight for seven rounds before he could take no more. While skill may not be a championship level yet, the heart he showed not to quit was and makes me want see how he rebounds from his first defeat and him grow as a fighter going forward.

 

Hurd Adds His Name in 154 Mix

Jarrett Hurd popped up on most our our radars last year after his TKO win over fellow prospect Frank Galarza. Saturday night he threw thunderous blows in stopping yet another prospect undefeated in Oscar Molina. The steady improvement Hurd has shown each fight shows that he can can a legit threat to others in the stacked 154 lbs. division for some time to come.

 

Groves Isn’t Washed

A lot of us wondered if the loses to Carl Froch ruined George Groves. He looked far from elite last September in his defeat to Badou Jack, which left many wondering if he was washed up. He silenced those critics in fighting a smart and calm fight against heavy handed Martin Murray. His defense seemed tighter and his held up fine when he was hit clean. Groves looked like a man over the mental hurdle of defeat and like a contender again. The win got him right back in the title hunt and possible fight for the WBA Super-Middleweight belt later this year.

 

 

Keith-Thurman-Shawn-PorterPBC Has Life

While the TV rating numbers are not official as we post, this all early signs are that PBC had hit on their hands with the “Showtime on CBS” card. The production was on point, the commentating from Sho Sports crew was awesome as always and all Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter did was put on one of the better fights of the year so far. Porter did phenomenal job of cutting off the ring and leaving Thurman no real room it work of his jab from a distance and roughing him up with the inside fighting. While Thurman used Porter’s aggressiveness against him , landing counter shots that rocked him at time during the fight. In the end Thurman won a narrow unanimous decision, but PBC and the sport of boxing won as well knowing that these two gentlemen could indeed be the faces of the sport for years to come.

 

Abner Mares vs Fernando Montiel Set as Co-Feature to Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter March 12

NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2016) – Former three-division world champions Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel will square off in all-action co-feature on Saturday, March 12, live on CBS at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT.
 
In the main event of the first primetime boxing presentation on CBS in nearly 40 years, welterweight knockout artist Keith Thurman will defend his WBA Welterweight World Championship against former titlist Shawn Porter in a matchup of two elite fighters in boxing’s glamour division.
 
The event, promoted by DiBella Entertainment from Mohegan Sun Casino Resort in Connecticut, is produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for the CBS Television Network, both divisions of the CBS Corporation.
 
Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) are two of the most accomplished and entertaining Mexican boxers in the sport today. Mares compiled a staggering resume over the past five years while earning titles at 118, 122 and 126 pounds. Montiel is one of the most skilled boxers of his generation having won championships at 112, 115 and 118 pounds over a 17-year career.  
 
“I’m ready to get back in the ring and have the boxing world see the monster that the Mares and Robert Garcia partnership is creating,” said Abner Mares. “I’m a tough fighter. I’ve made some adjustments and I will show my warrior spirit and skill on March 12. It’s time to go to work.”
 
“I have been wanting to fight Abner Mares for many years,” said Montiel. “They say that styles make fights and Abner Mares’ style is tailor made for me. My last fight was a close decision against one of the best featherweights in the world in Lee Selby. I need to make every fight count and on March 12 Abner Mares will be my next step to another world title!”
 
“Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel are both proud warriors,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Both are coming off tough, competitive fights and both must win to once again realize championship dreams. This will be a throw down, entertaining battle.”
 
Tickets for the live event are priced at $300, $150, $75 and $35 (plus applicable fees) and are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call (800) 745-3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and fighting out of Downey, Calif., Mares won his first title in 2011 when he beat Joseph Agbeko to win the bantamweight crown. He continued his rise up the pound-for-pound list with wins over Anselmo Moreno and Daniel Ponce De Leon to win world titles at super bantamweight and featherweight. The 30-year-old won three straight fights leading to a massive showdown with Leo Santa Cruz last August. Mares showed the same explosiveness that made him a multiple division world champion in a thrilling Fight of the Year candidate that he lost by decision. The always-exciting Mares will enter the ring for the first time under the tutelage of renowned trainer Robert Garcia and strength coach Luis Garcia as he looks to work his way towards another world title.
 
The veteran Montiel won his first world title in 2000 over Isidro Garcia and went on to have title-winning performances over Pedro Alzacar, Ivan Hernandez, Z Gorres, Ciso Morales and Hozumi Hasegawa. Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, Montiel rode an eight-fight win streak heading into his October world title shot against Lee Selby. Montiel’s aggressive style frustrated Selby but it was not enough for him to grab a title in his fourth weight class. The 36-year-old has an opportunity to get back in the mix for a world title with a victory over Mares.  
 
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Photos: Adrien Broner – Shawn Porter & Undercard Press Conference

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Photo Credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

LAS VEGAS (June 18, 2015) – An animated Adrien “The Problem” Bronerheld court for several minutes Thursday, as a calm “Showtime” Shawn Porter delivered his own strong message in advance of the exciting weekend of Premier Boxing Champions action at MGM Grand.

 

In a different role than his usual one as boxing’s pound-for-pound king, President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd “Money” Mayweather helped run the press conferences alongside Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.

 

On the Saturday, June 20 PBC on NBC show, Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) will take on Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) after Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) battlesPhil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs). Televised coverage on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

 

Also at Thursday’s press conference, main event participant on the Sunday, June 21 PBC on CBS card Antonio DeMarco (22-0, 13 KOs) vowed to bring home a victory for his cancer-stricken sister in Sunday’s PBC on CBS main event showdown against former world champion Rances Barthelemy (31-4-1, 23 KOs).   Sunday’s co-feature showcases a welterweight matchup between Sammy Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) and Wale Omotoso (25-1, 21 KOs). Televised coverage begins on CBS Sports at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.

 

Also in attendance on Thursday were rising stars from Mayweather Promotions who will be competing on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Tickets for Saturday’s event are priced at $400, $300, $100 and $50 and tickets for Sunday’s event are priced at $100, $75, $50, and $25 not including applicable service charges and taxes are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card for tickets to both events, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for both events are also available atwww.mgmgrand.com orwww.ticketmaster.com. The weekend of action is promoted by Mayweather Promotions in association with TGB Promotions.

 

Here is what the press conference participants had to say:

 

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, President of Mayweather Promotions

 

“Mayweather Promotions has always done record-breaking numbers and our ultimate goal is to find the next Floyd Mayweather. With all of the talent out there, it will soon happen.

 

“I want all of the fighters out there to keep working hard, stay focused and know that there is no limit to what you can do. 

 

“With all the media here talking to him, it’s obvious that Adrien is doing something right. He’s entertaining and people like it.

 

“There’s no limit to how far Adrien Broner can go in this sport. He can fight. I’m in the gym with him and he’s boxing top guys. He’s pushing himself.

 

“Shawn Porter is a really solid competitor. It’s not an easy task for Adrien, he’s going to have to fight.

 

“Mayweather Promotions wants to continue to work with all fighters and help build their careers so that they can get to that top level.” 

 

ADRIEN BRONER

 

“This is the AB show. You’re all getting it first, live and personal.

 

“I’m fighting Shawn Porter and I’m fighting his dad. It’s like I’m fighting his dad because the check comes in his dad’s name, then he pays Shawn.

 

“Since both Shawn and his dad get a check, if I whoop both of them, will I get paid twice?

 

“I like Shawn as a person, but he gets so much negative energy from his dad. That’s just the truth.

 

“After I whoop you Shawn, come sign with About Billions and I’ll buy you a nicer car than your dad’s. I already wrote out the contract.

 

“This is going to be a great fight. I’m very excited because I love putting on a show for the fans. This boy will not beat me.

 

“I’m coming to deliver a beat down. Shawn Porter is a football player, I’m going to take him out. It’s going to be fun.”

 

SHAWN PORTER

 

“I feel great, it’s a good day. I’m just counting down until fight night.

 

“I’ve been working on everything in camp. I have a lot of speed, power, quickness and the whole nine. It’s going to take everything to win this fight.

 

“He’s got good speed, so we’re preparing for him to use a lot of that. We’ll make adjustments as we go along but the key is definitely taking care of his speed with our speed.

 

“It’s so sweet to be fighting at MGM Grand, this is what you want as a fighter. It’s my time now. I’m so excited about this opportunity.

 

“Number one, we have to take care of business. We know that if we take care of business it’ll be a great Father’s Day on Sunday.”

 

ERROL SPENCE JR.

 

“I just have to stay focused and put on a spectacular performance on Saturday night. Hopefully next time I’ll be the main event. It’s a process but I’m getting there.

 

“I’m ready for anybody in the welterweight division, I’m ready for any kind of step up in competition period. I’m not the guy to shy away from anybody.

 

“Porter and Broner are a little more seasoned that me, but skill wise I think I’m right on par with them. Skill for skill I can match anybody in boxing.

 

“A lot of guys aren’t in the position that I’m in to get the opportunities that I have. This is my third year as a pro and it’s all been coming pretty fast. It’s all about timing. I’m enjoying the process.

 

“You’re going to be looking at the future of the sport come Saturday night.”

 

PHIL LO GRECO

 

“There’s no such thing as the right moment. The perfect fight is when you want it to be. I got the call and decided that this is the perfect timing.

 

“It took me about 30 seconds to decide to take this fight. When you know why you fight, it makes these decisions easy.

 

“A year ago there was no way I thought I’d be on this stage. Now I have real opportunities and we’re here now.

 

“Win, lose or draw, I’m going back to the gym next week.

 

“I’m a pressure fighter. I like to engage and give the fans what they want to see. This is a great opportunity. Saturday is going to be fun.”

 

RANCES BARTHELEMY

 

“I’m feeling good moving up in weight. Everybody knows Antonio DeMarco is a very, very tough fighter. He’s one of the best I’ve ever fought. His record who he has faced proves that. He’s experienced, but so am I. 

 

“I want to be the best Cuban fighter of all-time and I’m on my way. 

 

“I’m in tremendous shape and I’m ready to go. I want to showcase my skills on Sunday to show the world how I can fight. 

 

“Who do I want to fight? I’ll fight anyone they put in my way. I’ll fight Godzilla if he’s there. 

 

“I don’t do predictions but this is going to be an entertaining fight. Unlike past Cuban fighters, I have power and can knock people out. In the amateurs you don’t need power. But in the pros, that’s what it’s all about.” 

 

ANTONIO DEMARCO

 

“This is going to be a tough fight, a difficult fight, but I have a great responsibility. My 15-year-old sister told me that if I win, she will beat cancer. She was diagnosed with bone cancer last November – and it was life-threatening. But her last chemo treatment was yesterday.

 

“From a ring standpoint, I am really looking forward to Sunday. I am very prepared, I am relaxed and ready to go. Besides for my sister, my other main motivation is that this is a chance to get my career back on track. A victory and I can get back to where I was and in position to challenge the best.

  

“I am treating it like another fight, but of course it is much more. Exposure-wise, you can’t get better than network television.

 

“I know Rances is going to be a difficult opponent. He’s a great fighter. But I have the experience to come up with a game plan to win. From a career-standpoint, this is a very important fight and I’m ready for it.”

 

SAMMY VASQUEZ

 

“It’s an honor to be here in this building among some of the greatest fighters in the world. Omotoso has never fought anyone like me before. 

 

“I’m here to restore the greatness of Pittsburgh boxing. Everyone knows ‘The Pittsburgh Kid’, Paul Spadafora, but we all carry the torch differently. I respect him as a fighter and he’s done some great things. We were raised differently and I’m amazed at the great things he’s accomplished. But I’m here to bring a new look to Pittsburgh boxing. 

 

“Omotoso is tough. His record speaks for itself at 25-1. His only loss was to Jessie Vargas who’s fighting for a world title. I don’t take anybody lightly. I’ve trained hard for this and I don’t think he’s fought anyone as fast as me or hits as hard as me with both hands. 

 

“I’m going to throw a lot of punches and it should be fun to see. It will be an entertaining fight. The main goal is to win. If the opportunity presents itself to knock him out then I will. I’m not going to go in there trying to knock his head off or anything. I have to box smart.

 

“In this game it’s all about longevity and the less you get hit the longer you can fight so I don’t want to get hit. That’s my goal.”

 

WALE OMOTOSO

 

“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to fight on such a big stage. Fighting on network TV provides all of us such a lift. Getting this kind of national exposure is what fighters like me need and what we work so hard to get.

 

“I’m totally ready to take advantage and I look forward to being able to showcase my talents on Sunday. All my friends and countrymen are going to be able to watch it, and I don’t want to let them down.

 

“I really don’t know much about Vasquez, other than he’s a southpaw whose quick, he is just another fighter who can fight. But we can all fight. It’s not like he has four hands and two heads.

 

“The best man will be victorious and I am confident that is me.

 

“I can’t wait for Sunday. I wish it was time to fight right now. This is going to be my Father’s Day present to my kids and wife.”