Showtime Boxing: The knockouts just keep coming
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
April 24, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) – Showtime Boxing, along with Premier Boxing Champions and DiBella Entertainment, have created a platform that fight fans have been asking for years: give fight fans great matchups with thrilling, non-stop action across the board. Last night’s fight card was no different and we can only expect to see more phenomenal fights showcased at the Barclays Center.
12 – Rounds – WBC Welterweight Eliminator
Andre Berto, Winter Haven, FL (31-4, 24 KOs) vs Shawn Porter, Las Vegas, NV (26-2-1, 16 KOs)
“The pain has a purpose.” – Kenny Porter (Father and trainer of Shawn Porter)
In a hard-fought battle between two former world champions it was Porter who came away with the TKO victory, stopping Berto at 1:29 in the ninth round. The fight began and continued throughout with Porter pressing Berto against the ropes, landing power punches to the body of his opponent time after time. Porter established his jab early to offset the speed and quickness of Berto. Berto did his best to withstand the onslaught of punches from Porter by counter punching with right hands and landing sharp uppercuts, but the former IBF welterweight champion was “too much to handle.”
Each round Porter was relentless with his attack to the body, while also landing hard right hands and thudding left hooks. In the second round, bleeding heavy from a clash of heads, above the top of his left eye, Porter landed a strong right hand which sent Berto to canvass. Berto, on unsteady legs, managed to beat the count of ten. In the third-round Porter continued to smother Berto against the ropes, while continually digging away at the rib cage of his opponent. Berto was successful in landing his patent uppercuts but it did not deter Porter from continually taking the fight to him.
In the fourth round, it was apparent that both men had cuts around both of their eyes, causing several breaks in the fight to ensure the health of each men. When the action continued, Porter landed a double jab and followed with a powerful left hook that drove Berto to the ropes. As the fight progressed both men traded shots, with Berto having his best round in the seventh where he landed a cracking right hand that would most often knock out other men. Berto seemed to have adjusted to the pace of the fight as he began to land sharp uppercuts with both hands.
When the eighth round began, Porter immediately jumped right on his opponent, landing massive left hooks, pinning Berto against the ropes, while digging away with non-stop punches to the body. In the ninth-round Porter again jumped on his opponent, this time quickly knocking him down. Berto managed to beat the count but Porter continued with his relentless attack, landing two hard-sharp left hooks to the head and jaw of Berto, causing him to fall in the corner of the ropes, at which end the referee called a halt to the bout.
Berto, the former 2x world champion, fought his heart out and did his best to withstand the repeated amount of punches thrown at him by Porter. Porter refused to take a step back for that matter while dominating Berto from beginning to the end of the fight.
Afterwards both Porter their thoughts on the fight.
“Showtime” Shawn Porter:
“We’re blessed. I’m glad to have made it through this fight with the victory. We came in with a great game plan. We did so much in camp, we worked so hard; everything came together the way we wanted it to be. I picked my punches well. I smothered my shots but I also smothered his.”
“I’m a fighter; Andre Berto is a fighter; those head clashes are a result of us fighting hard. This was a very hardcore battle by the both of us. We try to fight flawless in all our fights. I never want people to think that I am using my head as a weapon.”
“Please give a round of applause for Lou DiBella. I think Lou has a very good knack for boxing and promoting. I think he knew what he was getting himself involved in when he began to promote fights here at the Barclays Center. He put together a great fight card and we look forward to working with him more.”
Porter is now the mandatory challenger for Keith Thurman, the current WBC Welterweight champion.
12 – Round – WBC Junior Middleweight Championship
Jermell Charlo, Houston, TX (28-0, 13 KOs) vs Charles Hatley, Dallas, TX (26-2-1, 16 KOs)
Jermell, one half of the dynamic Charlo brothers and the only twins in boxing’s history to hold a world championship simultaneously, knocked out Hatley in tremendous fashion. Charlo (of Houston) and Hatley (of Dallas) had been trading words for quite some time. With both men hailing from the state of Texas this fight was personal and the ending result was dramatic, if not a story book ending finish. The WBC Super Welterweight champion Charlo made sure that the final punch would complete all the trash talking that led up to the climatic and crowd pleasing performance.
The fight began with both men adjusting to each other’s size and distance. Hatley fought his heart out and gave a valiant effort but it was apparent early on that Charlo was the bigger, stronger fighter, throwing punches with bad intentions behind them. Like a lion hunting his prey Charlo scored several knockdowns, often landing superb left hooks, while following up with a lead jab and right hand. In the fourth-round Charlo wobbled Hatley with another powerful left hook, almost knocking him back down to the canvass. During the fifth round Hatley began to circle Charlo, using his jab to ensure that he didn’t trade shots with the bigger Charlo. In the six round Charlo unleashed a barrage of punches with violent tendency. He landed a series of punches and closed the fight with a massive right hand that dropped Hatley to the canvas, face first. The final knockout blow (a right hand) was reminiscent to the powerful right hand that Thomas “Hitman” Hearns landed on Roberto Duran in their matchup some years ago.
The fight was called at 0:32 seconds of the six round with Charlo winning by knockout victory. Hatley fought hard, stood tall, and gave a valiant effort. Charlo defeated him in spectacular fashion.
After the fight, Charlo shared his thoughts on the victory as well as what/who he’s interested in facing next.
Jermell Charlo (WBC Super Welterweight Champion):
“I want to say thank you to all my fans. I did what I had to do. Hatley was a warrior and I knew the fight would be tough but I am a lion. I stood in there and held my ground. I stayed focused and patient. This is my third knockout in a row. I’m 29-0 with 14 knockouts. I’m super excited because it took a lot of hard work to get where I’m at.
“I’d like to unify my title with Jarret Hurd (current IBF super welterweight champion). I also have a mandatory defense of my title to face Erickson Lubin.”
“I demanded my respected and I believe I should be headlining shows, in my city of Houston. Hopefully people will get to see a different side of us (Charlo Brothers).”
4 – Rounds – Welterweights
Richardson Hitchins, Brooklyn, N.Y. (1-0, 1 KO) vs Alexander Picot, Puerto Rico, (2-2-1)
By way of Brooklyn, the 2016 Haitian Olympian and Mayweather Promotions talented prospect Hitchins came out firing shots from the gate, leading with stiff jabs while following up with strong right hands and precise left hooks. In the second round Hitchins continued to dominate his opponent, while attacking the body of Picot. Hitchins continued his dominance throughout the fight and won a unanimous decision (40-36, 3x) against a game and tough Picot.
Richardson shared his thoughts on winning his second professional fight.
“I’m kind of disappointed that I didn’t get the knockout, but he was tough,” Hitchins said.
“I hurt him with clean shots and I thought I was going to get him out of there in the third. I think if I had a couple more rounds, the fight would have been stopped. I wanted to pace myself but I started out fast and pressuring him. I hurt him but couldn’t get him down. I’m looking to improve each time out.”
“I feel like I know how to handle the crowds and my emotions. I’m glad that I got some rounds in. It’s about getting experience each time.”
10 – Rounds – Vacant WBO Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Amanda Serrano, Brooklyn, N.Y. (31-1-1, 23 KOs) vs Dahiana Santana, Santo Domingo, DR (38-8, 14 KOs)
For the first four rounds both women were throwing power punches, countering each other’s attack, trying to break each other’s will. As the fight progressed, Serrano began to implement an attack to both the head and body of Santana, landing right hooks and left uppercuts to the body of her opponent. Serrano, with her killer instinct, continued to press forward, never wavering from the haymakers that Santana often threw during their bout. The fight was fought at a high pace, as expected with both women representing their culture of (Serrano being Puerto Rican and Santana being of the Dominican Republic). Serrano used great boxing technique, landing punches from both the outside and during exchanges on the inside. Serrano landed tremendous uppercuts that snapped the head of head of her opponent each round. She followed up by pounding away at the body of Santana, who also gave a valiant effort to win the fight. Serrano continued to pressure and stalk her opponent throughout the fight.
In the eighth-round Serrano pinned Santana to the ropes and landed repeated upper cuts, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 1:14. Serrano winning by way of TKO is now the WBO bantamweight world champion. Serrano made boxing history by winning her fifth world title in six divisions; not just for only women’s boxing but also for boxing in general.
A proud and an overjoyed Serrano shared her thoughts on accomplishing her goal and making boxing history.
“It means everything to me,” Serrano said, “My team and I have worked so hard for this.”
“I have a great team (Jordan Maldonado/Manager and my sister Cindy Serrano/WBO featherweight world champion). To be a five-division champion is amazing. To be the first female and the first Puerto Rican to do it means so much. I’m so proud to be Puerto Rican; I’m so proud to be Boricua. It’s in my heart.”
“I’m so happy, I’m so proud. Thank you so much to Lou DiBella (my promoter). It feels so good to be a Showtime Boxing fighter and to be a world champion is amazing.”
8 – Rounds – Welterweights
Jose Miguel Borrego, Aguascalientes, Mexico (11-0, 11 KOs) vs John Delperdang, Escondido, CA (10-2, 9 KOs)
In a good matchup of up and coming fighters Borrego, the undefeated prospect, defeated Delperdang via TKO stoppage at 2:01 of the seventh round. Borrego, who landed his uppercut at will throughout the bout, landed 229 power shots at a more than 50 percent clip in the action-packed bout. Borrego continues to win in impressive fashion and is expected to be back in the ring soon to showcase his skills and talent.
6 – Rounds – Welterweights
Julian Sosa, Brooklyn, N.Y. (7-0-1, 2 KOs) vs Emmanuel Valadez, Angua Prieta, Mexico (3-3, 3 KOs)
Sosa, a fan favorite and crowd pleasing fighter, showed poise and focus in defeating his opponent in TKO fashion. Sosa scored knockdowns in the first and third round, with the last knockdown landing in the third round. Sosa landed a combination to the body of Valadez which stopped his opponent at 1:55.
8 – Rounds – Cruiserweights
Joseph Williams, Far Rockaway, N.Y. (11-0, 7 KOs) vs Felipe Romero, La Paz, Mexico (19-12-1, 13 KOs)
Williams scored an impressive TKO at 2:43 of the third round. Williams, a former New York Daily News Golden Gloves champion, continues to defeat all challengers while looking impressive in each outing. The fighting pride of Far Rockaway, Queens is no longer a prospect. He is now a contender, working towards becoming a world champion within the light heavyweight and cruiserweight division.
4-Rounds – Welterweights
Kenny Robles, Staten Island, N.Y. (1-0) vs Latorie Woodbury, Roanoke, VA (1-3-1)
Robles, from Staten Island, N.Y., scored a sensational knockout at 1:33 of the first round. Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and managed by Elvis Grant of Grant Worldwide the undefeated prospect shared his thoughts after scoring his second victory:
“We did it,” Robles said, “First round knockout.”
“Thank you all for the love and support. Now it’s time to focus on my next fight.”
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will re-air on Monday, April 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. Saturday’s SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME telecast will replay on Tuesday, April 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. Both telecasts will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.