Tonight at 9 pm ET on Showtime, Deontay Wilder rematches Bermane Stiverne in the main event of a tripleheader from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) will be defending the WBC title he won from Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO) in January 2015, the only fight of Wilder’s that has gone the distance in the professional ranks. There’s been a lot of trash talk trying to sell this fight, which isn’t a hot ticket and is only happening now because Stiverne is Wilder’s mandatory, and Wilder lost a fight with Luis Ortiz when Ortiz failed a drug test.
Also on the card, welterweight contender Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KO) takes on Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KO) in what’s meant to be a stay-busy fight for Porter, who has a mandatory WBC title shot waiting for him against Keith Thurman, who is currently on the shelf. But Granados is a tough customer, and the fight should be entertaining.
Opening the card will be Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KO) facing Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KO) for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title.
We’ll be here with live round by round coverage and updates.
- Deontay Wilder def. Bermane Stiverne by KO (2:59 of Round 1)
- Shawn Porter def. Adrian Granados by UD (117-111, 117-111, 117-111)
- Sergey Lipinets def. Akihiro Kondo by UD (118-110, 117-111, 117-111)
ROUND BY ROUND
DEONTAY WILDER vs. BERMANE STIVERNE
Round 1: Wilder comes out with a few hard jabs right away. Stiverne covering up much like he did in the first fight. Wilder tries to shake Stiverne out his boots and catch him off guard. Stiverne hasn't thrown any punches with only about a minute left in the round. What the hell is that?! Wilder keeping Stiverne on the end of his jab and Stiverne can't close the distance. Wilder cracks Stiverne with a right hand and Stiverne drops to the canvas! Stiverne beats the count and Wilder poses for the crowd before unloading a couple more punches that drop Stiverne again! Wilder is stunting for the crowd some more and then smashes Stiverne again and Stiverne crumbles into the ropes. He's done! This was an embarrassment. Wilder KO-1.
SHAWN PORTER vs. ADRIAN GRANADOS
Round 1: Granados comes out and looks for a big right hand early. Porter bounces and attacks with a bunch of punches. Granados looks like he was a little surprised by the speed and combination punching so early. Porter is looking explosive early. Granados has a cut under his left eye. Porter mauls Granados along the ropes. Now Granados tries to fight Porter off and we've got us an action fight already! Hard over hand right lands by Porter just before the bell! Porter 10-9.
Round 2: Cut under Granados' eye appears to have been from an accidental head clash on replay, not sure how it was officially ruled. Porter comes out and throws a bunch of left hooks in quick succession. Granados catches Porter with a straight right. Porter looks like he's overwhelming Granados a bit with his athleticism, power, and combination punching. Don't get me wrong, Granados hasn't given up but, he's a having trouble coping. Porter is out-mauling Granados early. Porter 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Granados tries to change things up by coming out fast, hunting down Porter. Porter tries to pivot and turn the tables on Granados. Porter is mauling Granados again on the ropes, throwing power shots to the body and head. Granados sits on the ropes and taunts Porter to come back in and try it again, Porter declines. Both fighters are trading center ring and Porter is getting the better of it. Now both fighters go to war, trading lots of blows with one another! This is a fun fight! Porter lands a hard shot which moves Granados back! Porter 10-9.
Round 4: There's no way this fight should last the distance. And just as I say that, a slow opening 30 seconds to this round. Now Porter rushes in and ambushes Granados. Granados lands a left hook in between Porter's punches, then counters Porter again while moving away. Hard left to the body lands for Porter. Porter bulls Granados to the ropes and throws hooks, uppercuts, everything! Granados taunts Porter again and Granados literally tackles Porter into the turnbuckle. Porter 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Porter lands a left hook, then another harder one! Granados lowers his head and marches forward, trying to turn the tide on Porter. Porter baits Granados into a corner and then gets back to strafing him with shots on the inside. Granados tries to rush forward and throws a few punches. Granados says something to his mother ringside but then eats a right hand from Porter right afterwards! Porter pops a jab and Granados shakes his head. Granados has a lot of bravado but that's not going to win rounds. Porter 10-9.
Round 6: I have to say I'm a little surprised by Granados' durability thus far. He doesn't seem to be in as bad shape as he should be. Now Granados lands a hard right hand that sounds like a gunshot! Porter seems to take it well and then tries to rough up Granados along the ropes, again. Granados lines up a homerun right hand that misses as Porter saw it coming. Granados presses forward with a few more punches. Porter might be taking a little breather for the moment. Porter attacks the body with Granados on the ropes and then Granados almost runs a lap around the ring. Porter 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Maybe this fight can go the distance? Both fighters have taken some really hard shots really well. Porter throws three punches to counter a jab from Granados. Hard jab from Porter, then a right hand. Granados is game but he's clearly not on Porter's level. This is still a fun action fight anyway, though. Porter has Granados on the ropes again and Porter goes to work. Granados lands a good counter and backs Porter off of him. Two right hands from Porter land just before the bell. Porter 10-9.
Round 8: Granados comes out and lands a right hand. Porter clips Granados with a few punches from both hands. Now Porter tackles Granados to the canvas! Granados gets upset and attacks Porter with a few punches. Both fighters trade and Granados come outs and rushes Porter again with both hands flying. Both fighters brawl along the ropes and the crowd loves it. Granados attacks Porter again and backs him up. Granados gets on the board for me. Granados 10-9, 73-79.
Round 9: Porter lands a clean, hard jab on Granados. Porter had Granados on the ropes again and Porter slips in an uppercut and some hooks. Porter lands another sneaky jab. Granados is always in a fun fight but he's taken some punishment in this fight, even if he isn't showing it in the ring. Several jabs land for Porter. Now a hard hook lands for Porter. Porter 10-9.
Round 10: Sloppy work in the opening minute of the round from both fighters. Porter pivots off the ropes back to the middle of the ring where he looks to ambush Granados. Granados comes forward but Porter uses his better footwork to turn Granados and now Porter has him on the ropes. Porter loves this position and they stand in the pocket along the ropes and exchange punches. Porter is getting in the better shots but Granados offers some of his own. Hard left hook lands by Porter and Granados just takes it like it's nothing! Porter 10-9, 99-91. For a fight that Porter is winning wide on my card, this is surely a good one!
Round 11: Granados comes out on the attack, trying to take it to Porter before Porter can do it to him. Porter skips around the ring and finds stops where he wants to mount his attack from. Porter bullies Granados to the ropes again and mauls him. Granados lets his hands fo as much as he can but the referee seems to push Granados back quite often, even when a break doesn't need to be made — not sure what that's about. Granados takes this round on his work rate. Granados 10-9.
Round 12: I honestly didn't think we'd see the final round, but here we are. Granados chases down Porter but Porter is moving his feet laterally and pot-shotting Granados. Looks like Porter is ready to run out the clock on this fight. The crowd boos as Porter disengages completely from the fight. Sneaky overhand right lands from Porter. Granados comes forward and hits Porter who is ducking is head so low that he's forcing a break to happen. Granados 10-9. BLH scores the fight for Porter, 117-111.
SERGEY LIPINETS vs. AKIHIRO KONDO
Round 1: Lipinets comes out probing with a lot of foot feints, trying to get Kondo's measure. Lipinets lands a hard jab to the body. Kondo gets a jab in himself but walks into an overhand right. Kondo presses Lipinets to the ropes but doesn't throw many shots. Lipinets boxing on the back foot now, seemingly comfortable that he can control this fight at range. Lipinets meets Kondo with several jabs and Kondo continues to apply the pressure. Kindo throws a flurry with Lipinets along the ropes but most of them are blocked. Now Lipinets lands a hard right downstairs. Lipinets outboxed Kondo in the opening round. Lipinets 10-9.
Round 2: This round feels a lot like the first, Kondo trying to press forward but Lipinets is picking him off. Now Kondo lands a nice shot, followed by a jab upstairs and Kondo is looking better already. Lipinets counters with a three-punch combination, then a left hook downstairs. Hard hook to the body lands for Lipinets as Kondo marches forward. Now an uppercut lands on Kondo and Kondo is bleeding from the nose. Hard jab lands for Lipinets, who takes the round. Lipinets 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Lipinets comes out and beats Kondo to the punch, knowing Kondo would walk straight in. Hard jab lands for Kondo but his follow up right fell just short. Kondo throws a few punches but Lipinets is able to slip and weave the punches. Both fighters start trading lots of body blows to end the round and Kondo gets one good one through. Kondo presses forward again to end the round and I'm going to give him this round on effective aggression. Kondo 10-9.
Round 4: Kondo is getting his game together a little better over the last round or so and it's making this fight more competitive. Lipinets still trying to box on the outside and catch Kondo pressing forward, and he's having good success overall, but Kondo is able to get through at times himself. Lipinets tags Kondo with a snapping jab and then goes downstairs. Hard right lands to the body again for Lipinets. Now Lipinets lands looping right hand. Good round for Lipinets. Lipinets 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Lipinets is in a groove now and looks more comfortable slipping punches in the pocket. Hard jab lands to the body for Lipinets, which he has been scoring consistently. Kondo lands a hard shot which stuns Lipinets momentarily and backs him up to the ropes! Kondo tries to take advantage but it looks like Lipinets has shaken the cobwebs off and is ok. Kondo wins the round on the most damaging shot. Kondo 10-9.
Round 6: Lipinets comes out making it clear he's okay, landing a few hard shots. Left hook lands for Lipinets! Now Lipinets sneaks in a right uppercut which catches Kondo clean. Kondo squares up way to often and Lipinets is taking advantage by throw his uppercut between Kondo's split guard. Referee call a break as an accidental head clash creates a cut on Lipinets forehead. It's bleeding pretty good. Doctor says it's okay to continue so we're back in action. Lipinets has blood streaming down his face. Lipinets boxes his way to the bell. Lipinets 10-9, 58-56.
Round 7: Both fighters trade jabs as Kondo comes forward. Now the fighters exchange combinations. Hard left hook lands for Kondo while Lipinets leans to his right. Hard right hook to the body lands for Lipinets, Kondo lands an overhand right. Another hard left hook lands on Lipinets and it looks like it gets Lipinets' attention. Now Lipinets' head is bleeding profusely again. Hard one-two combination lands for Kondo! The blood might be getting to Lipinets, impairing his vision. Kondo takes this round. Kondo 10-9.
Round 8: Doctor takes a look at Lipinets' cut but says we're good to continue. Round eight is underway and Lipinets throws a hard hook at Kondo. Kondo backs Lipinets to the ropes and lands a nice right hand. Kondo lands a couple more punches and Lipinets retaliates with a couple of his own. Hard right uppercut lands by Lipinets. Hard right hand lands squarely on Lipinets face! Ugh! Hard round to score because they both landing good shots. I'm going to edge it to Kondo by the slightest of margins. Kondo 10-9, 76-76.
Round 9: Kondo comes out on the attack and has been landing some clean shots in these last few rounds. Hard left hook lands on the inside by Lipinets, Kondo is undeterred. Kondo lands a jab, Lipinets rolls the right hand. This is a good fight with a lot of back and forth action. A competitive fight but one hard to score because it really depends on what kind of action you favor more. Kondo is the more aggressive, forward stalking guy, Lipinets the cleaner boxer. Another hard round to score. I think I'll give Lipinets this one. Lipinets 10-9.
Round 10: Lipinets comes out moving backwards as Kondo presses forward. Lipinets looks like he's been fading under Kondo's constant pressure. Kondo walks Lipinets down and attacks Lipinets along the ropes. Hard left hook lands to the body for Kondo. Now a looping right hand lands for Kondo. Now Kondo attacks again with two shots to the body. Kondo 10-9, 95-95.
Round 11: Kondo comes out with a jab to back Lipinets up straight away. Good left hook lands clean on Lipinets. Kondo has been placing that left hook quite nicely all fight long, anticipating where Lipinets will move his head. Hard jab lands for Kondo. Right hand lead lands for Lipinets. Kondo punching less now and he's letting Lipinets have some opportunities. I think Kondo let this round slip away when he had the momentum. Lipinets 10-9.
Round 12: Well guys, this has been a really good fight. Last round and Kondo comes out looking to land something with purpose. Lipinets pops a jab then pivots, and Kondo tries a three-punch combination. Kondo is getting aggressive but he's missing the range a little bit now. Lipinets lands a clean jab but Kondo walks through and throws four punches. Hard jab to the body lands for Lipinets. Kondo makes a final charge but can't land anything clean and I think Lipinets takes this round and takes this fight — but not by much. Lipinets 10-9. BLH scores it for Lipinets, 115-113.