Fight Chatter March 10, 2019

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Fight Chatter for March 10 - Shawn Porter, Dmitry Bivol and More

By Uppercut staff


WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) retained his title with a close split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) Saturday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. "The crowd was expecting a big brawl, but that's not the way this fight needed to go tonight," said Porter. "The style that we used left the fight close. As the clock ticks, you have to do what's working. Tonight the foot movement was working and it made Ugas have to reset. "I showed tonight that I belong with the elite fighters at welterweight," said Ugas. "All I can say is that I'm ready to fight any of the top names in the division. I'll be back."


WBA light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (16-0) beat American Joe Smith (24-3) by unanimous decision after 12 rounds on Saturday at Verona, New York. Bivol dominated Smith throughout the fight in making his fourth defense of the world title. A match against fellow Russian Sergey Kovalev is a strong possibility.  


Abel Ramos (24-3-2, 18 KOs) got a unanimous decision over Francisco Santana (25-7-1, 12 KOs) after 10 rounds at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson on Saturday. Santana struck first, landing a clean left hook that put Ramos on the canvas late in the second round. Santana had been stalking Ramos around the ring for much of the early action, before catching him in a neutral corner for the knockdown. Despite the early knockdown, Ramos was awarded the decision on all three scorecards by tallies of 98-92, 97-92 and 95-94.


WBO super lightweight titlist Maurice Hooker (26-0-3) was the winner by unanimous decision over Mikkel LesPierre (21-1-1) after 12 rounds on Saturday in Verona, New York. It was Hooker’s second defense of the title since defeating Terry Flanagan in England in June of last year.


Former multi-division world champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (35-6-1, 20 KOs) stopped Hevinson Herrera (24-17-1) at the end of the fifth round in a welterweight match on Saturday. It was Guerrero’s second straight win by knockout since un-retiring in July 2017.


WBC lightweight titlist Delfine Persoon (43-1) stopped Melissa St. Vil (11-4-4) at the end of round six to retain the title on Saturday March 9 in Belgium. It was Persoon’s ninth defense of the title. Now a possible match with Ireland’s Katie Taylor can be made. Taylor has the WBO and WBA lightweight titles.


Upcoming fights


Tevin Farmer (28-4-1) defends the IBF super featherweight title against Jono Carroll 16-0-1) on Friday March 15 in Philadelphia. Also, Ireland’s Katie Taylor (12-0) defends the IBF, WBA, lightweight titles against Brazil’s Rosa Volante (14-0, 8 KOs) who has the WBO lightweight title. DAZN will stream the fight card live.


Michael Norato (6-0) fights Luis Avila (8-15-3) in the lightweight main event on Friday March 15, at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, Calif.  Also, Martin Saldana (9-0) meets Joan Valenzuela (5-12-2) in a six round middleweight clash. The doors open at 7 p.m. For more information call (323) 816-6200.


Mikey Garcia (39-0) vs, Errol Spence Jr. (24-0) battle for the IBF welterweight world title on Saturday March 16. Garcia, 30, is moving up a weight division and seeks his fifth division world title at Arlington, Texas. Also, David Benavidez (20-0) meets J’Leon Love (24-2-1) in a super middleweight contest set for 10 rounds. Plus, Mexico’s Luis Nery (28-0) fights McJoe Arroyo (18-2) in a bantamweight clash. In a heavyweight bout, Riverside’s Chris Arreola (37-5-1) faces Jean Pierre-Augustin (17-0-1) in a bout set for 10 rounds. All will be shown on FOX pay-per-view.