Tonight at 10 pm ET on Showtime, we close a big Saturday of boxing and live coverage with a tripleheader from Las Vegas, headlined by a welterweight bout between Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios.
Garcia (33-1, 19 KO) hasn’t fought in 10 months, following his first career loss against Keith Thurman, but says he’s ready to get back in the game. Rios (34-3-1, 25 KO) returned to action last June, winning a tune-up bout after a year-and-a-half long break, following a TKO loss to Tim Bradley.
The winner of tonight’s fight will be right in the discussion for a welterweight title shot later this year, and the loser, well, takes a big step back.
In the co-feature, and what could be the real show stealer, David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KO) will defend his WBC super middleweight title in a rematch against Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KO). The two went to war last September, with Benavidez winning a split decision.
In the opener, Yordenis Ugas (20-3, 9 KO) faces Ray Robinson (24-2, 12 KO) in an IBF welterweight eliminator. The winner will be in line for a shot at that belt, currently held by Errol Spence Jr.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round tonight. Join us and wrap up a big Saturday!
- DANNY GARCIA def. BRANDON RIOS by TKO (2:25 of Round 9)
- DAVID BENAVIDEZ def. RONALD GAVRIL by UD (119-109, 120-108, 120-108)
- YORDENIS UGAS def. RAY ROBINSON by TKO (1:05 of Round 7)
ROUND BY ROUND
DANNY GARCIA vs BRANDON RIOS
Round 1: Garcia comes out with two jabs, landing the second. Rios tries to walk forward but can't quite find the range early. Garcia pushes Rios back and lands a nice left jab. A good one-two lands for Garcia. Rios tries to retaliate but smothers his own attack. A few more shots land for Garcia, who is starting quick with the help of Rios coming foward with out punching much. Garcia touches Rios to the head and body with a straight right hand. Rios whiffs on a lead left hook. Garcia 10-9.
Round 2: Garcia cones out throwing more sharp jabs. A nice left hook lands for Garcia. Rios attacks back as he mauls his way to the inside but can't land anything effectively. You can see that Rios still has the desire but he doesn't seem to have the the ability. Rios comes forward again with a combination but can't find the target. Garcia laying back and looking to counter Rios with a big shot. Rios applying a lot of pressure but he can't land the shots to wear on Garcia. Fairly close round because Rios was carrying the pace but I think Garcia edges it. Garcia 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Garcia starts the round with a double jab. Rios walks forward and tries to pin Garcia against the ropes but Garcia is able to tie up before Rios can get off. Now Garcia flurries a few hooks at Rios' head. Nice overhand right lands for Rios! Garcia takes it well. Rios gets in a left hook to the body and this fight is starting to heat up. Hard right hook lands square on RIos' face! Rios shakes it off. Another looping right hand clips Garcia along the ropes. Rios is picking up the pace and is making this a pretty fun fight thus far. Garcia landed the best shot of the round though. Garcia 10-9.
Round 4: Rios walks right into two punches as he comes straight forward. Now Rios walks Garcia right back to the ropes but Garcia is tying up when the fight gets into close quarters. Rios is chasing Garcia around the ring and lands a good left hand. Rios got his engine running and he's letting the punches fly, even if they aren't all landing clean. Lead right hand lands for Garcia. Rios gets back to mauling Garcia along the ropes and Garcia tries to sneak in some body shots to take it out of Rios. You know what, I think I'm gonna give this round to Rios for pressing the action throughout the round. Rios 10-9, 37-39.
Round 5: Rios comes out walking down Garcia right away, but Garcia tries to meet him with a few punches. Hard right hook lands on Rios' dome but Rios just walks right through it and mounts his own attack! Another right hook partially lands for Garcia. More shots upstairs land for Garcia but Rios is eating those shots in vintage fashion. Garcia tries to stab Rios to the body repeatedly with straight right hands to the body. Garcia 10-9.
Round 6: Rios sneaks in a short right hook as Garcia pivots away. Garcia throws a couple hooks with both hands which partially lands. Cuffing left hand lands for Garcia and the referee warns him not to hold. Rios batters Garcia with his free arm on the inside. Rios is staying right in Garcia's face and firing off punches to the head and body. Rios gets Garcia on the ropes again and throws several more punches. Good round for Rios as his non-stop pressure is hard for Garcia to deal with. Rios 10-9, 56-58.
Round 7: Rios trying to cut off the ring on Garcia but can't quite trap him. Rios has Garcia on the ropes again and is letting his hands fly. Garcia lands a nice right hand as he walks in. Now Rios comes in with his guard up this time but Garcia ties him up. Garcia rips off a quick combination on Rios. Now Garcia is boxing and pot-shotting Rios with good results. When Garcia doesn't get trapped on the ropes, Rios has a real problem scoring. Garcia 10-9.
Round 8: Rios comes out and attacks straight away with a few uppercuts. Garcia gets back on the move and then smothers Rios' attack. Rios goes to the body and head but can't find a clean target. Now Rios is pounding the body on the inside in classic Rios fashion. Garcia counters Rios with two good shots. Two body shots land for Garcia and the referee tells him to keep them up. Now Rios has Garcia in the corner but he can't capitalize. Garcia 10-9, 78-74.
Round 9: Garcia lands a good body shot to start the round. Rios walks in and tries to get off a combination of his own. Rios lands a fairly weak right hand and as the two get in each other's chest Rios starts working his hands. Now Garcia lands another clean right hand which snaps Rio's head. Rios is now bleeding under his left eye from all the right hands. MONSTER RIGHT HAND STRETCHES RIOS FLAT! Rios barely beats the count but the referee thinks he's too unsteady to continue. It's over! Garcia TKO-9.
DAVID BENAVIDEZ vs RONALD GAVRIL
Round 1: Gavril comes out pressing forward as Benavidez tries to establish range with his jab and right hand. Benavidez throws a one-two which gets Gavril's respect. Gavril still coming forward though, looking for a place land a hard counter. Benavidez throws a right hand and then a left hook and Gavril tries to respond by throwing a couple shots that don't land too clean. Benavidez dictated the place in the opening round. Benavidez 10-9.
Round 2: Benavidez comes out throwing several jabs to start the round, keeping Gavril at arms reach. Gavril needs to figure out how he can close the distance but thus far he's been having some trouble with that. Benavidez throws some more jabs which splits Gavril's guard. Gavril doesn't look comfortable while Benavidez looks completely composed. Benavidez lands another combination and Gavril is having some real problems early. Benavidez 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Benavidez continues to counter Gavril's aggression with punches and now Benavidez is starting to tee off on Gavril. Benavidez continues to pick his shots well and is landing effectively. Gavril is looking for a spot to get his offense going but is taking a lot of counters whenever he wants to punch. Hard right to the body lands for Gavril. Now Benavidez goes back to throwing jabs on the outside and is piercing Gavril's guard. Benavidez 10-9.
Round 4: Benavidez doing well with keeping Gavril at a distance, then lands a sick uppercut-left hook combination which has Gavril stumbling nto the ropes. Benavidez tries to pour it on but Gavril is able to hang on, but he's hurt! Gavril is in real trouble. Now Gavril comes back with a straight shot to the body but some of the punishment is already soaking in on him. Another two uppercuts lands for Benavidez and snap Gavril's head up! Gavril isn't going to survive if he can't start defending himself better. Benavidez 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Gavril comes out and looks game, still trying to pressure Benavidez. Benavidez touches the body with a right hook and then throws a left hook upstairs. Benavidez is starting to maul Gavril again by landing several hard shots. Left uppercut lands for Benavidez, followed by a jab. RIght hook lands for Benavidez, and Gavril is sporting some blood on his face. Hard right hook lands for Gavril, maybe his best of the fight. Benavidez 10-9.
Round 6: Benavidez looks for another uppercut but can't quite fight the range, so he instead goes down to the body with a lead right hand. Now Benavidez is stalking forward, pressing Gavril to the ropes. Benavidez throws a lengthy combination and all Gavril can do is cover up. Benavidez postures to the crowd to start cheering for him. Sharp jab lands for Benavidez. Benavidez continues to touch up Gavril at range. Benavidez 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Benavidez comes back out with his jab, touching Gavril square in the face. Benavidez is really doing a number on Gavril, but Gavril hasn't given up on himself just yet. That said, Benavidez is in full control of this fight. Benavidez 10-9.
Round 8: Benavidez staying on the outside, keeping Gavril on the end of his jab. Gavril is having huge trouble just getting past that punch. Benavidez pouring it on again and is punishing Gavril badly. This might be the time where the corner starts thinking about saving their fighter for another day. Gavril tries to mount a stand but can't get anything significant to land. Benavidez backs Gavril off with several hard shots and he lost his mouthpiece while under duress. Benavidez 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Triple jab comes from Benavidez who has beaten almost all the fight out of Gavril at this point. Gavril has heart but he's just taking punishment at this point, he hasn't won a round. More combinations come from Benavidez and Gavril takes even more damage. Now Gavril's face is falling aparat and this is a good time to bring an end to this fight, even though the referee doesn't seem inclined to intervene. Benavidez 10-9.
Round 10: Benavidez cruising but Gavril unwilling to give in. Hard jab lands square on Gavril's face. Benavidez is taking a little bit of a break in this round and might be trying to let Gavril open up a little bit. Two hard shots land for Benavidez now. More of the same. Benavidez 10-9, 100-90.
Round 11: Doctor looks at Gavril before opening this round but he's going to let him continue. Benavidez lands some more jabs, Gavril tries to walk through them. Right hook lands for Gavril but he might have taken too much damage to dish out his own. Check hook lands again for Benavidez as Gavril walks forward. More long range shots land for Benavidez. Benavidez 10-9.
Round 12: Gavril's corner seems to think they have Benavidez right where they want him — go figure. Benavidez comes out throwing a number of long range jabs and Gavril has difficulty closing the distance. A double jab lands for Benavidez. Gavril lands an overhand right but Benavidez is unconcerned, knowing he is well up on the cards. Benavidez lays on the ropes for a bit, covering up, but then gets back to center ring and throws some more jabs. Gavril gets aggressive and attacks with a flurry and I'm going to put Gavil on the board in this round. Gavril 10-9. I've got the fight for Benavidez, 119-109.
YORDENIS UGAS vs RAY ROBINSON
Round 1: Robinson comes out with a quick jab, then another. Ugas sporting a tight guard and catches Robinson's punches with his gloves. Right hook clips Ugas. Hard right hand lands to the body for Ugas. More jabs come from Robinson who follows up with a quick uppercut. Hard right hand lead drops Robinson! Robinson beats the count andlands a hard lead left hand on Ugas. The action boils to end the round. Ugas 10-8.
Round 2: Robinson comes out again trying to establish a jab, Ugas pressing forward behind his high guard. Ugas lands another lead right hand on Robinson. Ugas lands a glancing right uppercut as the fighters exchange. Another uppercut to the body lands for Ugas followed by a right hook upstairs. Now Robinson lands a check right hook on Ugas. Ugas lands a right hand to end the round. Ugas 10-9, 20-17.
Round 3: Robinson starts the round again trying to force an outside fight, throwing several jabs at long range. Ugas patiently probes, looking for an opening to land that right hand again. Another good right hand lands to the body for Ugas, who then follows up with a few hard shots upstairs, getting Robinson's strict attention. Ugas lands a straight right who then lands a body shot and Ugas is starting to really get to Robinson. Ugas 10-9.
Round 4: Robinson finally decides to go downstairs and lands a shot to the body, Ugas returns the favor. Now a three punch combination lands clean for Robinson, his best three shots of the fight. Ugas partially lands another right hand to the body, followed by two more downstairs. He's trying to bring Robinson's movement to a halt with body work. Hard right hook lands for Ugas. More right hands land for Ugas! Robinson lands a shot after the bell that drops Ugas to the canvas! The referee takes a point from Robinson. Ugas 10-8, 40-34.
Round 5: Robinson comes out knowing he's down on point and tries to press and get a little more aggressive. Both fighters exchange a couple of body shots on the inside. Now Ugas knocks Robinson over with a right hook. Robinson throws a short combination to the body and head. Hard right hand lands for Ugas and when he lands he's moving Robinson around. That's a big difference in this fight for me. Ugas 10-9.
Round 6: Quick right hook out the gates from Robinson. Robinson is trying to get more punches off and turn the tide in this fight. Ugas clips Robinson with a short left hook. Ronbinson throws a few more combinations and is trying to pile up some points in this round. Nice hard uppercut lands for Ugas. I think Robinson outworked Ugas in this round so I'll put him on the board. Robinson 10-9, 53-59.
Round 7: Monster right hook crashes Robinson to the canvas! That was a big shot! Robinson gets up but he's hurt and Ugas starts mauling him to force a stoppage. Referee ultimately steps in and calls off the fight. Ugas TKO-7.