On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Premier Boxing Champions presents a showdown between four-division world champion Adrien Broner and two-division world champion Jessie Vargas live on Showtime Championship Boxing.
The telecast begins at 9:00 pm, EST/6:00 pm, PST with former world champions Gervonta Davis and Jesus Cuellar battling for the WBA 130-pound Super Featherweight World Championship.
In the co-main event, undefeated former world champion Jermall Charlo and once-beaten contender Hugo Centeno Jr. step into the ring with the WBC Interim Middleweight title on the line.
In non-televised action, Heather “The Heat” Hardy returns against Paola Torres and former world champion Rau’shee Warren takes on Juan Gabriel Medina.
It all goes down in Brooklyn at Barclays Center.
Stay with Round By Round Boxing‘s Milo Taibi for up-to-the-minute results for all the action in Brooklyn.
Broner vs. Vargas Live Results
Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas
- Main event time! The crowd gets listless right away, booing as Vargas and AB figure one another out. A series of lefts and rights from Vargas get Broner’s attention in Round 2, as each fighter has increased their output. First frame was a toss-up, Vargas definitively takes the 2nd. Broner mounts his first real attack of the fight in the 3rd, landing a sharp uppercut. Broner’s dirty boxing doesn’t deter Vargas, however, as the Las Vegas native gets right back to work out-jabbing AB. Broner slips during Round 5, drawing a big reaction from the crowd, but he looks no worse for wear when he gets off the canvas. Much of the sixth round was spent locked in a clinch; neither fighter has landed a defining blow, but Vargas has been busier and I have him up 4-2 entering the 7th. Vargas and Broner trade power punches at the end of Round 9, getting the crowd on their feet! Scorecards are going to be all over the place for this one. Scorecards are 115-113 Broner, 114-114 x2 for a MD. Broner is livid with the decision.
Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno
- After an inactive first round from each fighter, Charlo uncorks a combination from hell, knocking Centeno clean out at 0:55 of Round 2. Jermall calls out GGG after the fight, which sounds pretty tempting compared to May 5’s Vanes Martirosyan mismatch.
Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar
- Tank and Cuellar come out in a southpaw stance. Tank mixing up his repertoire nicely in Round 1, gets off to a quick 1-0 lead against Cuellar. Davis secures a knockdown in R2. After taking a couple of seconds on the canvas, Cuellar returns to his feet and trades with Tank. Cuellar goesdown a second time in the 3rd, beats the count but Tank swarms him again and secures the stoppage at 2:45 of R3. Gervonta Davis picks up the WBA Super Featherweight Title.
Rau’shee Warren vs. Juan Gabriel Medina
- Medina brings a 90% KO rate into tonight’s bout, but he’s faced weak opposition in the DR before losing each of his last 2 bouts in America. Rau’shee Warren is showing he can use a step up in competition, easily slipping punches from the plodding Medina. Warren rocked Medina in Round 4, and then tee’d off on him to end Round 6, getting the ringside physician’s attention. Cincinnati fighters are now 2-0 tonight, as Warren shuts out Medina on all three scorecards.
Heather Hardy vs. Iranda Paola Torres
- Hardy is back in the squared circle after three MMA bouts. She didn’t receive a soft touch in her return, as Torres has been in her face through the first 6 rounds. Torres, who has gone the distance with Cindy Serrano, looks to be the fresher, more agile fighter. Torres has tired a bit in rounds 7 & 8, helping Hardy even things up. Scorecards are in, and it’s 78-74 x2, 79-73 for Hardy. These scorecards are a disservice to Torres, not sure how a judge can watch that fight and think Hardy won 7 of 8 rounds.
Fabian Andres Maidana vs. Justin Savi
- Fabian, brother of Marcos Maidana, is tuning up Justin Savi, who was subbed in for Hevinson Herrera. There have been ample opportunities for the ref to jump in and save Savi from further punishment, but the journeyman makes it to the end of Round 3. Savi’s corner doesn’t allow him to continue, however, and Fabian “TNT” Maidana climbs to 15-0 with a TKO victory.
Desmond Jarmon vs. Kendrick Latchman
- Latchman’s a southpaw with pro MMA experience. He seemed content to play defense against Jarmon (6-0), who was efficient in a 4-round shutout. Sparring session for the Cincinnati native.
Gary Antuanne Russell vs. Andrew Rodgers
- He may be the lesser known of the Gary Russells in boxing, but this 21-year-old southpaw is a real talent. Hitting hard with quick hand movement, Russell has swarmed Rodgers from the opening bell. A questionable low blow drops Rodgers in the first round, and the Indiana native takes the full 5 minutes to recover. Rodgers has no answers in the following round, however, as Gary Russell improves to 5-0 with a TKO win at 1:40 of Round 2.
Shyngyskhan Tazhibay vs. Isaac Freeman
- Freeman is a short notice opponent, Tazhibay was originally slated to face veteran Justin Savi. 40-35 x2, 39-36 scorecards produce a UD win for Shyngyskhan Tazhibay.
Richardson Hitchins vs. Alexander Charneco
- Richardson Hitchins blasted Charneco inside of a round. The former Olympian is now 5-0 with 3 KOs.
Dylan Price vs. Edson Eduardo Neri
- Sicklerville, NJ native Dylan Price has a small but vocal contingent here at Barclays. A right hand form Price crumples Neri in the 4th round, and the 2-2 Mexican barely beats the count. Price flexes his biceps when the action resumes, then continues laying a beating on Neri. Mayweather Promotions product Dylan Price goes the distance for the first time in his pro career, improving to 6-0 with a 6-round UD (60-53 scorecards).
George Arias vs. Tyrell Wright
- Bronx heavyweight “Gentleman” George Arias (11-0) bobs and weaves his way to an 8-round UD over Tyrell Wright (9-2-2). Arias showed off his impressive agility in tonight’s opening fight, ducking out of harm’s way when Wright tried to initiate offense. Two judges had it 78-74, the other 77-75.
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