Tonight at 9 pm ET on Showtime, boxing returns to the Barclays Center for a tripleheader, with Danny Garcia taking on Shawn Porter in the main event for the vacant WBC welterweight title.
Garcia (34-1, 20 KO) is looking to regain the title he lost to Keith Thurman in 2017. Last time out in February, he stopped Brandon Rios in the ninth round. Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO) is also a former titleholder, and won the WBC silver title in his last fight, last November against Adrian Granados, setting himself up for this opportunity.
It’s a 50-50 sort of fight on paper between two of the best in the 147-pound division, a can’t-miss sort of fight.
In the co-feature, Yordenis Ugas (22-3, 11 KO) and Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo (34-3-2, 24 KO) meet in a WBC eliminator, which may mean that the winner will be next for the Garcia-Porter victor. Ugas has been on a tear of late, and Barrionuevo hasn’t lost since 2013.
In the heavyweight opener, popular Polish prospect Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KO) will take on former IBF titleholder Charles Martin (25-1-1, 23 KO) in a 10-round bout.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call. Join us!
- SHAWN PORTER def. DANNY GARCIA by UD (116-112, 115-113, 115-113)
- YORDENIS UGAS def. CESAER MIGUEL BARRIONUEVO by UD (119-109, 120-108, 120-108)
- ADAM KOWNACKI def. CHARLES MARTIN by UD (96-94, 96-94, 96-94)
ROUND BY ROUND
DANNY GARCIA vs SHAWN PORTER
Round 1: Garcia comes out to center rings and scores a jab to the body. Porter moving on the outside, feinting, and tries a jab but Garcia meets him with one too. Garcia misses on a jab to the body this time as Porter skips away. Porter gets on the inside and Garcia ties him up solid — something he’s probably been working on in camp. Porter jumps in and the fighters exchange a couple punches. Garcia lands a good left hook on Porter’s head. Porter pump fakes and then throws a jab that lands on Garcia’s body. Porter gets on the inside but Garcia ties him up immediately to force the break. I like Garcia in the opening round. Garcia 10-9.
Round 2: Garcia comes out with a quick jab that falls short. Porter comes in and lands a solid jab on Garcia. Garcia ties up Porter again on the inside — he won’t give him any of that mauling action that Porter likes. Porter lands a good right hand on Garcia! Now Porter misses on the next right hand and Garcia tries to counter it with a hook that misses as well. Garcia steps forward with a right hook that can’t find the target and Porter lands a right hand to the body. Garcia misses on a hook and Porter takes the opportunity to land some body shots on the inside. I think Porter edged this round. Porter 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Both fighters get into a quick exchange and both partially land on some punches. Garcia lands a clean right hook on Porter. Porter tries to immediately respond as he tries to rush Garcia. Left hook partially lands for Garcia and Porter tries to turn him. Porter lands a jab to the body and then jumps in with a hook that Garcia ducks. Porter is boxing more than he usually does and I don’t think it’s working in his favor. Porter comes in with a combination but can’t land clean before Garcia ties up. Now Porter lands a nice right hand on Garcia as Garcia comes in. Close round that could probably go either way, but I think Garcia landed the single best shot of the round. Garcia 10-9.
Round 4: Referee makes Porter’s corner wipe off excess vaseline on his face before the round begins. Porter lands two jabs on Garcia, then tries a overhand right. Now Porter is fighting his fight and is working Garcia with a number of punches! Porter lands a lead left hook on Garcia, then mauls him with body shots on the inside. At this pace Porter has the edge over Garcia, but boxing on the outside gives Garcia the advantage. Jab lands again for Porter. Porter is throwing in combination now while Garcia is throwing singular shots — this is what Porter wants. Porter 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Porter turns southpaw for a second but then goes back orthodox and lands a right hand. Garcia tries a hook that Porter ducks and Porter tries to counter with some shots that can’t land clean. Left to the body lands for Porter. Porter is all over Garcia, throwing a lot of shots, but Garcia finds spots to counter back with a couple of well placed body shots. Porter lands a jab to the body and Garcia comes with a counter uppercut to the body. Another close round. I slightly edge it to Porter. Porter 10-9.
Round 6: Garcia leads with a jab that falls a little short. Garcia lands a good body shot on the inside and then rushes away before Porter can maul him in return. Porter jumps all over Garcia and lands a few body shots on him. Porter lands a counter and Garcia counters the counter. Shawn bull rushes Garcia again and gets in some shots. Both fighters exchange body shots. Garcia walks forward behind a couple of hooks of his own but Porter is able to get underneath the shots. Porter attacks with a few more shots and then strafes him to the body. I think Porter outworked Garcia in this round, earning him the round. Porter 10-9, 58-56.
Round 7: Porter starts with a jab and right hand that grazes Garcia’s head. Garcia lands a counter after Porter landed the lead. Accidental head clash forces a quick break in the action as Garcia is given some time to recover. Uppercut lands for Garcia as Porter tries to turn him. Garcia lands a right hand as Porter tried a fancy move. Now Porter lands a clean shot that gets a smile fro Garcia. Now porter comes forward with more punches, hitting Garcia to the body and head with Garcia on the ropes. Garcia is pot-shotting too much for the kind of pace Porter is creating. Good round for Porter. Porter 10-9.
Round 8: Both fighters exchange jabs to open the round. Garcia lands a right to the body as Porter tries to go upstairs. Garcia lands a good shot on Porter with Porter’s back along the ropes. Porter tries to throw a combination that is partially blocked by Garcia. Uppercut on the inside lands for Garcia. Porter lands two body shots and is fighting at a pace that Garcia doesn’t like. Garcia lands a hook on Porter as Porter puts himself in a corner. Garcia lands a solid hook but Porter comes throw it and throws a couple shots of his own that don’t land well. Porter goes downstairs is and throwing a lot more punches, burying Garcia in activity. I think ever since Porter turned up the heat he’s just been outworking Garcia to win these rounds. Porter 10-9, 78-74.
Round 9: Garcia comes out and lands a counter on Porter. Porter tries three punches that can’t find the target. Porter goes back downstairs on Garcia and throws a bunch of punches while Garcia only gets off one or two at a time. Garcia times a right hook that almost lands clean on Porter. Garcia lands a double left hook on Porter! Garcia holds one of POrter’s arms while Porter whacks with the right. Garcia lands another clean shot. Right hand lead lands for Garcia. Garcia lands another left hook at mid-range. I think a few of Garcia’s clean shots were the best punches of the round. Garcia 10-9.
Round 10: Porter tries work Garcia on the inside and gets in some good shots as Garcia tries to stop the action. Poert lands a good left hook to the body and goes to work on Garcia on the inside. Porter is out-throwing Garcia by a good margin. Right lands for Garcia to the head and body. Garcia lands a straight right hand. Porter tries a chopping right but misses. Both fighters trade hooks but Porter is throwing a lot more than Garcia which is probably giving him the favor with the judges. Left to the body lands clean for Porter. One-two lands for Porter, followed by a hook. Garcia lands a hook at the bell. Porter 10-9, 97-93.
Round 11: Garcia walks in with a hook that Porter catches on the glove. Garcia lands a good right hook to the body then ties up Porter as he rushes forward to respond. Left hook lands for Porter who then chases Garcia across the ring. Porter lands a jab with Garcia on the ropes and then gets in a counter right. Two body shots land clean for Garcia, who then puts in hook upstairs. I think Garcia edged it with some clean body shots that caught my attention. Garcia 10-9.
Round 12: Porter lands a hook upstairs as Garcia held on at center ring. Porter going on the attack, trying to finish strong with numerous punches. Garcia sneaks in a short right hand to the body and then a counter upstairs. Porter throws a chopping right hand and Garcia responds with a couple of quick punches. Two more shots lands for Garcia. Garcia making a late stand and letting go with both hands. Garcia has a cut on the side of his head but Garcia finishes the round with a flurry that I think steals him the round. Garcia 10-9. I’ve got the fight scored for Porter 115-113.
YORDENIS UGAS vs CESAR MIGUEL BARRIONUEVO
Round 1: Barrionuevo comes out with an overhand right hook that Ugas catches on his guard. Ugas presses forward and lands a right hand to the body. Ugas ties to go to the body again but misses on the next one. Hard left hook lands to the body for Ugas this time, then a right hand to follow it up. Ugas lands a jab at mid-range as he tries to find his way in on Barrionuevo. Barrionuevo has an awkward, tricky style of movement that Ugas is still trying to figure out, so in the meanwhile he just throws to the body with hard shots. Ugas lands the best shots of the round. Ugas 10-9.
Round 2: Barrionuevo tries to beat Ugas to the body shot this time. Ugas walks forward anyway and lands one of his own. Now Barrionuevo lands two hard body shots on both sides of Barrionuevo’s ribs. Ugas moving forward really slowly and calmly and then lands a big overhand right hand! The shot looks like it stunned Barrionuevo for just a second but then gets back into his boxing rhythm. Right hand counter lands for Ugas, followed by a clean jab. Ugas 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Both fighters trade jabs to open the round but Ugas finds a home for his right hand to the body. Two jabs from Ugas backs Barrionuevo up. Barrionuevo now tries to throw a couple jabs but their just measuring. Right hook partially lands for Ugas. Hard uppercut to the gut hurts Barrionuevo for a second. Barrionuevo tries to throw a right hook to the body. Ugas is looking really confident in the ring, in complete control. Two more body shots land for Ugas. The crowd doesn’t like this fight as much as the heavyweight opener — which really set the tone. Hard combination for Ugas who gets in the punch downstairs but misses on the head shot. Ugas 10-9.
Round 4: Barrionuevo comes out with a couple of punches that Ugas is able to defend. But now Barrionuevo lands a low blow, forcing a quick warning from the referee. Two counter body shots come from Ugas have Barrionuevo backing up. Another hard right hook lands right on the ribs of Barrionuevo. Now Ugas lands a right hand counter and Barrionuevo gets in a counter shot in return. Two more hooks to the body land for Barrionuevo, who has to be hurting down there at this point. Ugas 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Ugas walks forward looking to land more body punches on Barrionuevo. Barrionuevo lands a left hand but he’s under some real pressure from Ugas. Ugas just misses on a big right hand upstairs. Ugas weaves and comes up with a good right hand. Barrionuevo’s left eye is showing signs of damage, starting to swell up. Ugas continues to hunt down Barrionuevo and lands a wild looping right hand! Ugas 10-9.
Round 6: Ugas presses forward to start the round with a jab. Once he backs Barrionuevo to the ropes he tags him with a number of hard shots. Left hook to the body lands for Ugas, then two more hooks to the body. Left hook lead to the body lands for Ugas as Barrionuevo is essentially in full retreat. More body shots land for Ugas and Barrionuevo gasps for breath. Ugas is beating this guy up. Uppercut and jab land for Ugas who strafes Barrionuevo with a couple more shots before the bell rings. Ugas 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Ugas lands a jab at center ring. The crowd continues to boo the fight which is probably a little harsh. Ugas hunts down Barrionuevo along the ropes and looks for an opportunity to land and then gets in two shots to body. Right uppercut to the body lands for Ugas. Barrionuevo doesn’t seem like he has much left to offer offensively, seems like he’s in textbook survival mode. Ugas is dominating this fight. Ugas 10-9.
Round 8: Barrionuevo comes out with a left hand lead that can’t quite find the target. Ugas lands a nasty two-body shot combination that visibly hurts Barrionuevo. Ugas tries to pick up the pace and goes on a flurry, throwing non-stop punches for 20 seconds straight! Barrionuevo is able to weather the storm for the moment. Not much action for the remainder of the round but Ugas already made his point. Ugas 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Ugas’ corner is asking him to finish Barrionuevo off. The bell rings and Ugas jabs a few times as he probes for an opening. Uppercut to the body lands again for Ugas. Ugas leads with a left hook to the body this time and makes contact. Barrionuevo tries jabbing, attemping to keep Ugas off of him. Ugas isn’t asserting himself much in this round, could still be a little tired from that long flurry in the last round. Barrionuevo lands an overhand left but Ugas walks forward and lands a right to end the round. Ugas 10-9.
Round 10: Ugas jabs his way in, then jabs some more. Hard body shot lands again for Ugas, hunching Barrionuevo over for just a second. Two more body shots lands for Ugas, which has been his signature combination in this fight. He’s landed it on Barrionuevo all night long. Right hook partially lands for Ugas and Barrionuevo walks it off. Ugas gets Barrionuevo on the ropes now but doesn’t get off any punches before Barrionuevo is able to escape. Right uppercut lands to the head of Barrionuevo. Ugas 10-9, 100-90.
Round 11: Ugas content to keep boxing his way to a win here, jabbing on the outside and landing body shots when the opportunity presents itself. Two uppercuts lands for Ugas which snaps Barrionuevo’s head up! Another hard uppercut lands for Barrionuevo! Right hook lands for Ugas and he looks like he’s ready to ride the rest of this fight out to a decision. Ugas 10-9.
Round 12: Last round. Barrionuevo comes out and tries to land a body shot and a head shot but Ugas is able to defend himself well and land a counter in the meantime. Ugas smiles at Barrionuevo as he’s basically just toying with him. Barrionuevo tries a big left hook but catches nothing but air. Body shot lands again for Ugas. More punches land downstairs for Ugas but Barrionuevo hasn’t given up on himself at all in this fight — he’s just outclassed. Ugas hurts Barrionuevo with a body shot but isn’t able to follow up to end this fight with a KO. I’ve got it a shutout for Ugas, 120-108.
ADAM KOWNACKI vs CHARLES MARTIN
Round 1: Kownacki starts quick with a few body shots, preferring straight rights to the body. Martin circling the outside of the ring, trying to keep Kownacki off of him. Kownacki is bullying Martin who looks concerned about Kownacki’s pressure and punching. Kownacki throws another straight right to Martin’s body and Martin quickly goes to escape. Kownacki misses on a big overhand right this time but still has Martin on the back foot. Martin trying to punch and throws a couple shots as Kownacki covers up. Kownacki has a lot of forward momentum early. Martin tries a right uppercut that partially lands. Kownacki continues to make an effort to wear down Martin’s body. Good round for Kownacki. Kownacki 10-9.
Round 2: Martin starts off backing up, trying to ajb and keep Kownacki at arms length. Martin finally stops and lts go two body shots on Kownacki. Kownacki gets energized by Martin’s attack and immediately responds with a number of shots. Martin digs Kownacki’s body again with two left uppercuts. Kownacki looks like he stuns Martin upstairs as Martin backs into the corner, but Martin is able to get away from the corner and get the fight back at center ring. This is a fast paced fight for the heavyweight division! Kownacki gets back to work with both hands lands on Martin. Clean left hook lands for Kownacki. Better round for Martin but Kownacki is still imposing himself on Martin. Kownacki 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Kownacki lands two right hands to the body. Martin can’t keep Kownacki from coming forward and landing shots. Martin is finding spots to counter every now and then but he’s not good enough defensively to fight in this full-on retreat and counter style. Kownacki lands a right hand and Martin lands a couple of slapping lefts that cuff Kownacki’s ear. Kownacki continues to walk Martin down and Martin looks like he’s under duress. But now Martin turns the table and gets Kownacki on the ropes and Martin leans on him and tries to find space to land some shots, but nothing much effective. Martin continues to lean on Kownacki to end the round but I just don’t think it’s enough. The feel of the fight is that Kownacki is wearing Martin. Kownacki 10-9.
Round 4: Hard right uppercut from Kownacki visibly hurts Martin momentarily. Kownacki coming forward again with the straight right hand to the body. Kownacki targets the body and head and is landing on both. Martin takes a lot of hard shots from Kownacki and holds on! Martin is getting tagged and I don’t think he can last the distance taking clean punches at this rate. Uppercut lands for Kownacki, then a straight right soon after. Martin deliberately holding Kownacki to break up the non-stop assault. Kownacki 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Martin lands a good counter left hand, then another! Kownacki still coming forward, though, backing him to the ropes. Martin continues to hold when he gets overwhelmed without any warning from the referee. The fighters get right back in the phone booth after a break and both look to land body shots. Hard left hook to the body lands for Kownacki and backs Martin up. It’s a good thing Martin came into this fight in great shape because he’s going to need every bit of conditioning he has. Kownacki continues to back Martin up all over the ring while landing punches and that’s winning him the rounds for me. Kownacki 10-9.
Round 6: Both fighters come out and exchange punches which gets the crowd in an uproar. Martin lands a good left hand but then takes a few shots upstairs. Martin’s defense is really umimpressive. Martin leans no Kownacki on the ropes, forcing the referee to break them up. Right hand lands to the head of Martin. Both fighters trade big shots! Kownacki gets the better of it with a solid right hand! Another right hand lands for Kownacki and Martin lands a jab upstairs. Two uppercuts to the body land for Martin but Kownacki’s punches are snapping his head around. Kownacki just looks like he’s doing a lot more damage. Kownacki 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Martin tries to fight Kownacki off of him right away, knowing he’s coming right after him. Kownacki lands two hooks to the body. Kownacki lands a left hook to the body which followed a missed right. Martin responds and lands a few clean body shots. Martin is actually getting in some good shots and he’s shown some real durability in this fight. The fact Martin is still standing upright is rather impressive, that he’s still able to fight back is even more so. Hard left hand followed by two to the body land for Martin. I think this gets Martin on the board. Martin 10-9.
Round 8: Kownacki lands a clean right that knocks Martin back. Kownacki gets in a body shot. Now Martin sneaks a left hand between Kownacki’s gloves. Kownacki starts throwing a flurry and gets off a number of unanswered shots. Both fighters trade shots and both land some. Fatigue looks like it has set in on both fighters with the punching starting to get a little sloppy. Martin gets Kownacki on the ropes and both fighters trade shots but Martin gets in a big one at the bell and that gets him the round for me. Martin 10-9, 74-78.
Round 9: Kownacki looks for a big right hand but Martin is able to evade it. Martin lands two left hands but takes a big one in return that backs Martin to the ropes! Kownacki follows it up with more punches and Martin holds on to stop Kownacki’s attack. Kownacki find a second wind in this round and has really landed a lot of shots on Martin. Both fighters trade haymakers and both fighter are able to eat the clean shots! This is a fun fight, even if Kownacki is winning wide on my card. Kownacki 10-9.
Round 10: Kownacki lands a straight right straightaway, then jumps on him with another one that knocks Martin across the ring! Kownacki lands two hooks to Martin’s body and then a right hand upstairs. Martin takes a deep breath and tries to regain his composure. Kownacki walks forward but Martin tries to meet him with a couple shots. These fighters have both given all they’ve got in this fight and that’s all you can really ask for. Martin tries to stage a last stand land lands a flurry on Kownacki! Kownacki fires back and the crowd goes wild! Martin holds to stop the assault! Wow! What a fight! Kownacki 10-9. I’ve got Kownacki winning the fight 98-92.