All photos by Marilyn Paulino/RBRBoxing
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, unbeaten Keith “One Time” Thurman defended his WBA 147-pound world title against former IBF champion, “Showtime” Shawn Porter with a close, but unanimous decision.
All three judges scored the bout 115-113.
Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter
Great fight and potentially controversial decision. Thurman takes this one on the ropes, 115-113.
Jarrett Hurd vs. Oscar Molina
Hurd got the night off to a thud, that’s for sure, landing a cracking right uppercut on Molina’s jaw, and it was all downhill from there for the Californian upstart.
Molina, try as he might, was never able to pull himself together, arguably not winning a single round as Hurd teed off for most of the battle. Molina put in as much effort as he could however, landing shots when he could but never when he needed to.
The referee stopped the bout in the final round.
RESULT: Hurd TKO10 Molina
Regis Prograis vs. Luis Eduardo Florez
Prograis took it hard to Florez from the opening bell, leading the referee to call a halt to the bout at 1:13 into the fourth round.
RESULT: Prograis TKO4 Florez
David Benavidez vs. Francy Ntetu
What started as a fun scrap rapidly turned into a stinker in the middle rounds as Benavidez relentlessly stalked his man down but was unable to finish him or really even hurt him.
The fight kicked up a bit in the seventh when Ntetu slammed Benavidez with some solid shots, but ended in a rain of boos as the referee stopped the bout seemingly prematurely, declaring Benavidez the victor.
RESULT: Benavidez TKO7 Ntetu
Adam Kownacki vs. Jesse Barboza
Heather Hardy vs. Kirstie Simmons
I could watch Heather Hardy beat people’s teeth in for hours. Hardy took control from the second she stepped in the ring and never let up. If there were any modern parallel to Jake Lamotta it would be Hardy. She doesn’t have KO power in her fists, but she doesn’t let up and she won’t stop throwing even if you hit her flush.
A TV-friendly fighter that TV doesn’t want. Shame.
RESULT: Hardy UD Simmons
Jonathan Alonso vs. Brian Jones
Alonso came out with hard jabs and ran away every time that he landed his right hand. Apparently that’s all he needed to do to take a good decision over Brian Jones, a journeyman out of Los Angeles.
Nothing impressive from Alonso, though. He was fighting a dead body and didn’t ever have the Californian hurt.
RESULT: Alonso UD Jones
Josue Vargas vs. Ryan Picou
RESULT: Vargas UD Picou
Nicklaus Flaz vs. Mack Babb
RESULT: Flaz KO Babb
Christopher Nicastro is a hopeless boxing devotee and freelancer. You can follow him on Twitter @chris_nicastro.