Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook live round-by-round updates

By Lem Satterfield has a live round-by-round update on this page of Saturday night’s welterweight fight between IBF titleholder Shawn Porter and Kell Brook at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Over the course of his previous five fights, Porter (24-0-1, 15 knockouts) had battled to a draw and a unanimous decision win against Julio Diaz, scored a unanimous decision over Phil LoGreco, dethroned Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight belt and defended it with a fourth round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi.

Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) will be after his fifth straight stoppage against Porter – including a fourth-round TKO of former titleholder Vyacheslav Senchenko – and appears to have shown steady improvement during that time.

Brook will be making only his second appearance on American soil, having debuted in Atlantic City with a fifth round stoppage of Luis Galarza in 2011.

The Showtime broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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Lem’s latest: Al Haymon signs Abner Mares, Andrzej Fonfara

By Lem Satterfield

Abner Mares

Three-division titlist Abner Mares has announced on his Twitter account that he has signed with powerful advisor Al Haymon, a development that Haymon’s chief associate, Sam Watson, confirmed with on Friday.

“Yeah, we’ve signed him,” said Watson of Mares, who wrote that he was “happy and excited to announce that I’m officially part of Team Al Haymon.”

“I’m excited as a fighter. This is the second stage of my career and that’s the way that I’m looking at it. I’m excited to be a part of Al Haymon’s management family,” said Mares, 28, “because he’s known for doing great things for his fighters and for looking after his fighters. So I’m excited about the future.”

In aligning with Haymon, Mares is now joining the likes of RING and WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, IBF junior lightweight titleholder Rances Barthelemy, IBF 140-pound titleholder Lamont Peterson, WBO bantamweight titleholder Tomoki Kameda and lightweight Anthony Peterson.

The recipient of the 2013 Cus D’Amato “Manager Of The Year” award by the Boxing Writers Association of America, Haymon’s stable includes Floyd Mayweather Jr., Marcos Maidana, Adrien Broner, Lucas Matthysse and Erislandy Lara among many others.

“This is still so fresh now, so I’m not going to get into detail about all of what we discussed about my future. But we came to great terms. Obviously, for me to sign, there was definitely something that I really liked about Al Haymon,” said Mares.

“It’s the way that he made it sound, and the way that he said that he was going to handle my career. I’m excited to be part of Team Al Haymon and really looking forward to the future.”

Mares (27-1-1, 14 knockouts) informed during an earlier interview that his contract with manager Frank Espinoza had ended, but that he still has a valid contract with Golden Boy Promotions.

Espinoza said that he and Mares, having been headed toward arbitration, have “reached a settlement agreement,” adding, “I wish him all the best in his future.”

“Everything happens for a reason and everything is working out. Again, I’m excited to announce that I’m officially a part of Al Haymon and that I’m still with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Mares.

“Al Haymon is my manager and I want to just state emphatically that I am still with Golden Boy Promotions. I know that a lot of people don’t understand that there is a difference between Al Haymon being my advisor and Golden Boy still being my signed promoter.”

Mares is coming off last month’s unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Oquendo that marked his first fight under trainer Virgil Hunter after having left longtime trainer Clemente Medina.

Mares had previously been in action in August 2013, when he lost his WBC featherweight title in a shocking first round knockout loss to Jhonny Gonzalez. He later suffered a rib injury that scuttled his tentative February rematch with Gonzalez. Mares was similarly injured in June 2012, when rib damage led to the cancelation of a clash with bantamweight Christian Esquivel.

Mares was THE RING’s number five-rated pound-for-pound fighter entering the bout with Gonzalez. He was floored twice by the Mexican veteran during the first defense of the belt he won in his 126-pound debut, a ninth round stoppage of Daniel Ponce de Leon.


Light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara also signed with Haymon on Thursday and is slated to return to action on Nov. 1 in Chicago, Fonfara’s promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing informed on Friday.

Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs), 26, was last in action in May in a unanimous decision loss to Stevenson. Fonfara floored Stevenson in the ninth.

Margules said he is also plans to place a bout between RING number eight-rated bantamweight Kameda and Alejandro Hernandez on the Nov. 1 card.

Although Margules does not have a contract with Kameda, he won a purse bid to promote the bout, which would be a defense of Kameda’s WBO belt.

Kameda was last in action on July 12, celebrating his 23rd birthday with a seventh round knockout of Pungluang Sor Singyu.

Hernandez, 28, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Daniel Rosas in June.


Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) is unlikely to return to action until “October or November” at a site to be determined, his promoter, Yvon Michel informed on Friday. Stevenson, 36, had been in line to appear on Sept. 27, potentially at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

“Showtime felt that there was not enough time to promote and to do the proper marketing for a fight that would take place on Sept. 27,” said Michel. “They asked us if we could find another date in October or November, so we are working on that right now. We have to match an available date on Showtime and a venue and there is a lot that is possible, so we don’t have a specific place yet. It’s too premature to talk about opponents.”


Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, will join undefeated English prospects Luke Campbell and Callum Smith on a deep undercard supporting Saturday’s Shawn Porter-Kell Brook main event at the StubHub Center on Showtime from Carson, Calif., Golden Boy announced on Friday.

In the main event, Porter will put his IBF belt on the line in a clash of unbeatens against Brook, with support from a rematch between WBC super middleweight titleholder Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell, who fought to a draw in December, and WBC lightweight titleholder Omar Figueroa against Daniel Estrada in a Showtime-televised tripleheader.

On Showtime Extreme, prior to the tripleheader broadcast, heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder will face journeyman Jason Gavern, and former titleholder Jorge Linares will meet lightweight rival Ira Terry.

Others on the card include Breazeale against Billy Zumbrun, welterweight Haskell Rhodes against John Nater and former amateur star Jason Quigley in a middleweight bout against Fernando Najera.

In still other bouts, lightweight Campbell and super middleweight Smith will meet Steve Trumble and Abraham Hernandez respectively.

Also in action will be welterweight Alan Sanchez against Jose Luis Ramirez Jr. and welterweight Fabian Maidana, brother of Marcos Maidana, opposite Phillip Soriano.


Rod Salka said he plans to drop in weight to 130 or 135 pounds for a Nov. 14 return to the ring in the wake of his second round knockout loss to RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia in their 142-pound bout.

“I thought that I was going to be tough. I was frustrated because I went down but I felt mentally clear even after the first two knockdowns. I was just agitated and pissed off. First round, he caught me with a left hook and I still felt good. That didn’t phase me. But that last shot, he caught me with a body shot and that didn’t bother me,” said Salka, who is promoted by Mike Tyson.

“But I got a little too cocky a little too quickly. I sat right in front of him and he shot that right hand to the body. I tried to counter him and got me with that last hook. I never saw it. That was stupid. There was no reason for me to even attempt to do that that early in the fight. I should have boxed a few more rounds and maybe then the pressure is on him and then, maybe I could start to capitalize.”

Prior to facing Garcia, Salka dropped previously unbeaten Alexei Collado in the third round en route to an upset unanimous decision victory.

“I started in the game late. I was like 19, 20 years old and even then, it wasn’t a priority. I just really have started to do the work,” said Salka. “Now I learn so much every fight. This last fight, I should have moved around more but that was stupid. It was dumb.”


Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, former junior middleweight titleholder Ishe Smith, super middleweight contender J’Leon Love and lightweight contender Mickey Bey will be among those on hand during a Saturday charity event at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

Super middleweights Badou Jack and Ronald Gavril as well as middleweight Chris Pearson will participate in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation’s “Back To School Givaway 2014″ event, featuring school supply giveaways for children, raffled prizes, refreshments and a live D.J.

According to a release, children will be given free haircuts and a free laptop will be given away to one of the students who brings his local library card for a chance to win it.

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FNF – Nugaev vs Shafikov: Live streaming results and round-by-round coverage

By Scott Christ

Rustam Nugaev faces Denis Shafikov in tonight’s ESPN Friday Night Fights main event.

Tonight at 9:00 pm EDT on ESPN2 from the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, ESPN Friday Night Fights presents a really solid main event fight between lightweight contenders Rustam Nugaev and Denis Shafikov in a 12-round bout. BLH will be here with live coverage.

Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KO) has been on a hot streak, winning six straight since a 2011 loss to Alisher Rahimov. The 31-year-old Russian knocked off unbeaten prospect Jonathan Maicelo in 2013, and beat Marvin Quintero in his last fight, which came in March of this year.

Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KO) is a former European champion at 140 pounds who moved down in weight to chase a world title. He’s got wins over Rahimov (DQ-11) and Albert Mensah (UD-12), but failed in his bid to dethrone IBF titleholder Miguel Vazquez in February, losing in Macau.

In tonight’s co-feature, 25-year-old Puerto Rican prospect Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (17-0, 11 KO) will face Rugged Veteran Juan Carlos Martinez (20-14-1, 7 KO) in a fight set for 10 rounds. Martinez upset Alejandro Perez on March 29, but hadn’t fought since 2012, when he lost a majority decision to Edner Cherry. He was stopped in four by Mikey Garcia back in 2011, two fights ago.

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Shawn Porter focused on beating Kell Brook, not talk of future Mayweather fight

By Scott Christ

Shawn Porter’s name has been attached to a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather, but he’s focused on beating Kell Brook tomorrow night.

Shawn Porter has picked up a lot of hype over the last nine months, owing to a pair of very good wins over Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi, but tomorrow night he faces a new challenge in the form of unbeaten Englishman Kell Brook, a harder puncher and one that brings a different style to the ring than his last two outgunned foes.

Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO) was asked after today’s weigh-in about Brook (32-0, 22 KO) believing that Porter is “cocky,” or getting ahead of himself, but said he’s merely confident in his abilities.

“I don’t think so, it’s just how I am. I’m confident when I get in the ring, and I think as a fighter, that’s the mindset you need to have it. It’s not cocky, it’s confidence,” he said.

“I’m confident when I get in the ring, and I think as a fighter, that’s the mindset you need to have it. It’s not cocky, it’s confidence.”

The 26-year-old from Akron, Ohio, also knows that fight fans are looking for this to be an exciting affair, in part because Porter has been so aggressive in his last two fights, and in part because the StubHub Center has quickly gained a reputation for brawls.

“Everybody knows I’m an exciting fighter. Anyone out there trying to outshine me, they’re in for it. I think he knows what time it is, and he’s sweating,” Porter said.

“I think it’s gonna be a good fight. I think we worked on a great game plan. We’re gonna come in there to do everything we can, to make it exciting, and win the fight. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you don’t win the fight. The No. 1 goal is to win the fight, the No. 2 goal is to be exciting.”

Porter, as an unbeaten American and welterweight titleholder starting to make a name for himself, and advised by Al Haymon, has found himself ostensibly in the mix to face Floyd Mayweather in the near future, too, but isn’t allowing himself to think ahead in regard to that fight. When asked if he felt he needed a great performance to make that fight happen, he brushed the question aside.

“I need a great performance because that’s what I ask and expect out of myself,” he said. “That’s what my team expects of me. We always expect to go out there and be better than last time out. I’ll be ‘and still’ the champion of the world.”

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Kell Brook: Shawn Porter is getting knocked out

By Scott Christ

Kell Brook believes he’s got the tools and the power to knock out Shawn Porter tomorrow night and claim his first world title.

Kell Brook first held a mandatory position as challenger for the IBF welterweight title in 2012, after beating Hector David Saldivia. After a series of dates for a fight with Devon Alexander fell apart in early 2013, Brook had to earn the shot once again a year later, doing so by beating Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Tomorrow night on Showtime, from the StubHub Center in Carson, California, the Sheffield, England, native will finally step into the ring for his first world title shot, facing Shawn Porter. Brook (32-0, 22 KO) is the underdog, and is fighting on the road, as it were, though Cleveland’s Porter having “home field” advantage across the country in California is a debate for another time.

“I’m passionate. I’m coming here to win. I’m born for it.” -Kell Brook

Brook isn’t concerned about fighting away from home, or about Porter’s credentials, or his current hot streak with wins over Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi. He says he’ll put on a show, and stop Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO) to lift the belt.

“I’m passionate. I’m coming here to win. I’m born for it. This is my time, I’m coming for the title,” Brook said after today’s weigh-in “I’m mentally ready, physically. It’s my time. My time tomorrow.”

He added, “He’s getting knocked out. He’s getting took out. He’s gonna walk onto a chocolate brown right hand. It’s gonna be very exciting for the fans. All action, I’m bringing it.”

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