Saturday night at the Barclays center in Brooklyn, NY a WBC welterweight title bout between former champions Shawn “Showtime” Porter and Danny “Swift” Garcia headlined a quality world title double header broadcast on Showtime, co-featured by Amanda Serrano versus Yamila Esther Reynoso for the vacant female WBO super lightweight championship. As an added bonus fams would be treated to an entertaining heavyweight contest between popular volume punching Polish prospect Adam Kownacki taking on former IBF belt holder Charles Martin.
The main-event had fans and the boxing world split in terms of picking a winner, even former common opponents were unable to confidently declare who would prevail when asked if the ring generalship if Garcia or volume of Porter would secure the night. While we often overuse the term “Pick-em fight” because of the level both men have fought on and contrast in styles this contest fit that term perhaps more than any other bout to take place in 2018 thus far.
The only real surprise in the contest came from Shawn Porter who instead of coming out with his usual “Bull Rush” of undisciplined volume punching, boxed and chose his punch selection carefully. In return Garcia as expected utilized the ring to his benefit while counter punching effectively. At no time was either fighter in control of the action, when one man landed a clean eye catching blow it would be answered immediately and nullify any momentum the other fighter might have gained should they have been in against another opponent.
At the end with Porter throwing more but Garcia landing at a higher percentage rate especially in terms of power punching, scoring was more about preference than either mans control of the action. The judges in attendance Julie Lederman, Eric Marlinski and Don Ackerman all preferred the volume of Porter and awarded him the unanimous decision by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 twice. I personally had the same score as Don Ackerman 116-112 but in favor of the more accurate Danny Garcia who landed 46% of his power punches. With his win Shawn Porter the new WBC welterweight title holder improved to 29-2-1 (17), Danny Garcia now stands at Danny Garcia 34-2 (20).
When post-fight interviews took place, current IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence jumped into the ring and stated he would like to face Porter in a unification bout next. In response Porter replied “This will be the easiest fight to make in history I am ready”, we can only hope those responsible for the details make it happen.
The nights co-feature a female world title fight between five division world champion Amanda Serrano and Yamila Esther Reynoso was a genuinely exciting contest.The younger Reynoso applied pressure and forced Serrano to fight off the back-foot and use her jab to avoid a war. When Serrano landed a clean power punch Reynoso would return fire and answer back with a combination. As the bout wore on, Serrano and her experience against higher level competition allowed her to outbox and keep a very game Reynoso one step behind at all times.
When scores were read all three judges seen it 99-91 in favor of Serrano who made history by becoming the first female to ever win titles in six weight classes. She is only the third fighter in boxing history to accomplish such an amazing feat standing along side Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao.
With the win Serrano along with her WBO super lightweight title now stands at 35-1-1 (25), Yamila Esther Reynoso now stands at 11-5-3 (8).
In what most considered the nights most exciting fight, heavywieghts Adam Kownacki and Charles Martin faced off in a ten round affair. At the early going it was all down hill for former IBF division belt holder Martin as Kownacki applied constant pressure and threw punches at an amazing volume for the division. Up until the midway point Martin looked confused at why his landed punches were not slowing the smaller Kownacki down like they had past opponents.
At the midway point Martin found his groove, slowing Kownacki down with several clean power shots that snapped his head backwards. While visably bothered those shots did nothing to deter Kownacki from moving forward but Martin with a renewed confidence let his hands go more fluently and started winning rounds.
The ninth and tenth rounds were nonstop action because of the high pace with clean shots landed there were moments both men appeared on the verge of being stopped. It would last until the final bell and bring everyone in attendance to their feet with appreciation. When final scores were read all three judges seen it the same 96-94 in favor of Kownacki who improved to 18-0 (14), Charles Martin now stands at 25-2-1 (23).
In an IBF welterweight elimination contest, Yordenis Ugas dominated a willing but overmatched Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo over twelve rounds. It was an overly one sided affair that had Ugas walking away winning every round on the judges scorecards and improving to Yordenis Ugas 25-3 (11) while Barrionuevo drops to 34-5-2 (24).
In Undercard action
Featherweight- Chris Colbert 9-0 (3) def. Fatiou Fassinou 28-11-3 (15) via UD 8
Middleweight- Brandon Quarles 20-4-1 (10) def. Marcus Willis 18-6-2 (5 ) via SD 8.
Featherweight- Ricky Lopez 20-4 (6) def. Ramsey Luna 14-6 (6) via UD 8.
Super Lightweight- Richardson Hitchins 6-0 (3) def. Cesar Valenzuela 7-3 (2) Via UD 6.
Super Flyweight- Dylan Price 7-0 (5 ) def. Mulapi Enjani 4-6-2 (2) via UD 6.
Cruiserweight- Marsellos Wilder 2-0 (2) def. Ryan Williams 0-2 via TKO 1.