Tonight at 9:30 pm ET on Showtime, we’ll see big fights in two divisions, with a welterweight eliminator main event, and a junior middleweight title fight featured on the broadcast.
In the main event, Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KO) and Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KO) meet in a 12-round WBC welterweight title eliminator, with the winner in line for a shot at Keith "One Time" Thurman. Berto, 33, hasn’t fought in just about a year, since beating Victor Ortiz in a disappointing rematch. Porter, 29, has been out of action since last June, when he lost a hard-fought decision against Thurman.
In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KO) will defend his WBC junior middleweight title against mandatory challenger Charles Hatley (26-1-1, 18 KO) in another 12-round bout. Hatley hasn’t fought since late 2015, when he beat Anthony Mundine, while Charlo was last seen 11 months ago, when he rallied to stop John Jackson and win the then-vacant belt.
On Showtime Extreme at 7:30 pm ET, we’ll see Amanda Serrano (31-1-1, 23 KO) go for history against Dahiana Santana (35-8, 14 KO). If Serrano wins and gains the vacant WBO bantamweight title, she’ll be the first five-division champion from Puerto Rico in boxing history. The title is not on the line for Santana, who missed weight.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call tonight. Join us!
SHAWN PORTER def ANDRE BERTO by TKO (1:31 of Round 9)
JERMELL CHARLO def CHARLES HATLEY by KTFO (0:32 of Round 6)
ROUND BY ROUND
ANDRE BERTO vs SHAWN PORTER
Round 1: Berto and Porter come out and jockey for position. Porter throws three jabs but Berto counters with one back. Both fighters tentative in the opening round and end up in an awkward clinch. Porter jumps forward and lands a jab. Bother fighters trade but end up in a clinch without either landing clean. Berto lands a clean punch. Sloppy round. I think Porter slightly edges it. Porter 10-9.
Round 2: Porter misses on a right hand after tries two measuring jabs. Porter lands a right hand to the body and then Berto ties up Porter as Porter roughs him up on the inside. Porter get Berto on the ropes and is going to work now, just strafing Berto from every conceivable angle. Referee calls an accidental clash as Porter has a bad cut over his left eye. Porter rocks Berto with a right hook and Berto hits the deck. Berto gets up and seems to be ok. Porter 10-8, 20-17.
Round 3: Berto jabs Porter to the bloody eye. Porter not as aggressive now with the cut, it seems. Both fighters ending up in clinches pretty often, though. Porter lands a hard right hook to Bert's body. Porter comes on an all-out assault again as he gets Berto back along the ropes. Berto sneaks in an uppercut to the body. There's a lot of blood on Porter's face. Berto gets warned for a rabbit punch. Porter 10-9.
Round 4: Porter charges forward with two jabs, both fighters end up in a clinch. Referee warns both fighters to keep it clean. Porter double jabs again and the fighters get into another clinch. Now both fighters are in a phone booth and Porter gets going, doing what he does. Berto tries to counter back in sports and the referee stops the action as Porter gets another cut from a ruled accidental head butt. Porter is a bloody mess over both eyes and its not from punches. This fight can't go the distance like this. Now Berto has a cut over his right eye which is ruled an accidental head butt. Both fighters bite down and slug it out to end the round. How do you score this?! Berto 10-9, 36-39.
Round 5: Porter comes out pissed off and just attacks Berto everywhere, throwing everything with bad intentions. Berto under a tremendous amount of pressure here. Now the fight gets back to center ring as Porter has to take a breather, Berto bleeding badly over his eye, even worse than Porter it seems. Porter attacking Berto every time they get along the ropes. Referee calls timeout to have a doctor look at Berto's eye. Doctor says it's okay. Fight continues and Porter lands a counter right hand over a Berto jab. Porter lands a hard jab. Porter 10-9.
Round 6: Doctors visit both fighters in both corners before the opening bell can ring. The docs clear the fighters to go ahead but both fighters have some bad damage. Berto lands a counter right uppercut. Berto lands a counter left uppercut now. Berto lands a counter but slips and hits the matt. Porter gets Berto back on the ropes and strafes him again. Porter lands a hard jab. Porter 10-9, 59-54.
Round 7: Berto lands a nice jab right at the bell. Porter tries a one-one-two, but falls short. Both fighters seem a little weary from the battle thus far. Berto lands another nice counter right uppercut. Porter throws two hooks that partially land. Porter backs Berto to the ropes again and tries to maul him. Porter lands a sneaky jab at the end of the round. Porter 10-9.
Round 8: Porter catches his second wind and goes on another all-out assault on Berto! Porter landing some hard shots in this relentless flurry. Porter keeps Berto in the corner and just works him. Berto sneaks in a nice counter to the body here and there but he's getting more than he's giving. Porter lands a counter left uppercut to the body. Now Porter throws a hard right to the body. Porter 10-9, 79-72.
Round 9: Doctor checks Beto's eye again before the start of the round. Porter lands a lead left hook. Porter attacks Berto and hits him with a right hand. Berto falls into the ropes and then complains about a foul. The referee doesn't buy it and Porter charges forward again and knocks Berto back into the ropes and the referee gives Berto a standing 8-count, saying the ropes kept him from falling. The action starts back up and Porter lands a hard left hook and Berto falls into the corner buckle. The referee calls off the fight immediately! Porter TKO-9.
JERMELL CHARLO vs CHARLES HATLEY
Round 1: Hatley comes out with a jab and a hook, both miss. Charlo tags Hatley with a right hand. Charlo charges forward with three punches but Hatley backs away. Charlo stalks forward trying to impose his physical size advantage on Hatley. Charlo hits Hatley with a right to the body. Hatley misses on two one-two combinations. Charlo 10-9.
Round 2: Hatley comes out quickly with a three punch combination. Hatley doubles up on a left hook and then throws a jab. Charlo catches Hatley with a counter left. Now Charlo throws a hard one-two that lands hard against Hatley's guard. Hatley comes forward and Chard throws a left uppercut to the body. Hatley lands a hard jab. Hatley sneaks in a nice right hand. Hatley chases after Charlo with a few more punches. Hatley jabs to the body. Charlo hits Hatley with a hard right hand that knocks Hatley back to the ropes. Hatley keeps his balance and the bell rings. Charlo stole the round with that last punch. Charlo 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Hard left hook lands for Charlo. Charlo gets hit with a low blow that momentarily halts the action. Charlo lands a hard jab to the body then a hard right that drops Hatley! Hatley gets up and is circling the ring to test out his legs and regain his composure. Charlo's straight right hands are a serious problem for Hatley because he can't get out of range when he pulls straight back. Charlo 10-8.
Round 4: Hatley comes out and throws two hooks that miss. Hatley falls short with a jab to the head, then tries one to the body. Charlo lands a hard jab back on Hatley, then a right hand. Hatley pokes Charlo with a jab, then starts moving laterally to give Charlo a moving target. Good Idea. Hatley gets warned for using his head in a clinch. Charlo lands another right hand at the bell. Charlo 10-9, 40-35.
Round 5: Charlo clips Hatley with a left hook. Charlo measures with a left and throws a hard right behind it - he knows he's doing damage with the right. Hatley dances along the ropes on the outside which doesn't please the fans (they boo). Charlo lands and hard right, then a left jab. Hatley throws three left hooks that get blocked. Charlo whacks Hatley again with a right hand, Hatley gets knocked backwards. Charlo 10-9.
Round 6: Hard jabs lands for Charlo. Then another hard one two. Then Charlo and Hatley go to war in the middle of the ring!!! Both throwing bombs at one another. Charlo clips Hatley with a nasty right hand that knocks Hatley clean out! Clean out near the ropes! It's over! Charlo KO-6.