Spence Porter in LA - all photos by Al Applerose

PBC staged an impressive boxing card at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It featured several world title fights and an abundance of closely matched bouts on Sept. 28.

WBC welterweight titlist Shawn "Showtime" Porter gave Errol Spence Jr. all he could handle and more in their welterweight clash at Staples Center in L.A. It was a fight to remember.



David Benavidez was relentless in his attack on Anthony Dirrell who refused to quit despite suffering a gash above his eye. It was a brave attempt to maintain the WBC world title.

Mario Barrios was dominating the early part of the fight but then Batyr Akhmedov rallied furiously and used every trick he knew to score points/


As soon as the opening bell sounded the two Mexican warriors Josesito Lopez and John Molina belted each other in their welterweight clash. 


Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero looked like his old self with a professional attack against the very awkward Jerry Thomas of Kansas. It was an entertaining fight for the fans.


WBC heavyweight world titlist Deontay Wilder and former foe Luis Ortiz met at Staples to greet the media and announce their upcoming rematch on Nov. in Las Vegas.

Though the fight was close Spence connected with a short left cross to Porter's chin and down he went. It proved to be the difference in the fight and led to Spence's win by split decision. He now has the IBF and WBC welterweight world titles.


Dirrell's corner forced the referee to end the fight though Dirrell would not quit. The former WBC super middleweight champion from Flint congratulated Benavidez on reclaiming the title. Class.


After 12 furious rounds San Antonio's Barrios was deemed the winner and new WBA super lightweight world titlist. Two knockdowns of Akhmedov proved to be necessary to defeat the rugged fighter from Russia.
After eight rounds of savagery Lopez scored his third knockdown and the fight was stopped by referee Ray Corona.

Multi-division champion Leo Santa Cruz and his next challenger Miguel Flores appeared at Staples to meet the media. They will face each other on Nov. 23, at Las Vegas.


Former heavyweight world champion Gerry "The Gentleman" Cooney was in Los Angeles to watch the PBC fight card. The old slugger looks good.
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