Amanda Serrano to Fight for World Title In A Record Sixth Weight Division September 8th Live Streaming Undercard From Barclays Center On SHOWTIME Sports Social Media Platforms
Ahead of Garcia vs Porter Welterweight World Championship!
(August 9th) Amanda Serrano will fight for a world title in a sixth weight division on Saturday, September 8 at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™. Brooklyn's Serrano will face Yamila Esther Reynoso for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight World Championship. If successful, Serrano will set a women's boxing record as a six-division world champion, joining Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya as the only boxers, male or female, to reach the mark.
SHOWTIME Sports will live-stream Serrano vs. Reynoso as part of undercard coverage on the network's social media platforms. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN begins live at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page. The live stream precedes a three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, SHOWTIME) headlined by Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter for the welterweight world championship.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with DSG Promotions, start at $50 and go on sale Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center starting Friday, July 27 at noon. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN, the network's seventh social media offering of live boxing in 2018, is available to all domestic users with internet access. The livestream is hosted by Ray Flores with Chris Mannix serving as analyst.
Serrano (34-1-1, 26 KOs), who is already the only woman to win titles in five weight classes, is looking to best her personal record. Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico and representing her hometown of Brooklyn, Serrano has won titles from 118 to 135 pounds, earning her the No. 2 ranking on the BWAA's inaugural women's pound-for-pound list. The 29-year-old is also the only Puerto Rican - male or female - to capture world titles in five different weight classes and will look to build on that record against Reynoso. She fights for the fifth time in her career at Barclays Center on September 8 with a chance to once again make history again in front of the passionate fan base of Puerto Rican boxing fans in New York.
"I'm super excited to be fighting for a world title in my sixth weight class," said Serrano. "My opponent is really a welterweight, having defended her Argentinean 147-pound title by knockout in her last fight, and is dropping down one division to face me. I am coming up four divisions for this shot. I'm sure Reynoso will rehydrate back up to her natural weight after the weigh-in, but this is a risk worth taking. She's never been stopped either, so I know she's durable. This is a tremendous card to be a part of with Garcia vs. Porter as the main event. My promoter, Lou DiBella, has big things lined up for me, and I am eager to take on all challenges."
Reynoso (11-4-3, 8 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has challenged for world titles at 140 pounds and 154 pounds. The 22-year-old has most recently campaigned at welterweight, where she held the Argentina 147-pound title, and will be moving back down in weight for her third shot at a world title. Reynoso, who will make her U.S. debut on September 8, has recorded all eight of her knockouts inside of five rounds.
"I'm very happy to be training for such a great opportunity for this WBO world title against a terrific champion in Amanda Serrano," said Reynoso. "I am coming ready to give Serrano a real fight, and I look forward to capturing the title belt."
"Amanda Serrano is one of the best pound-for-pound female boxers and one of the best boxers in the world, period," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "She is also now a two-sport athlete, embarking on her MMA career earlier this year. In the boxing ring, Serrano is a record-breaker, becoming the only female boxer to win world titles in five weight classes, and on September 8, she will attempt to break her own record, vying for a sixth division championship. I'm thrilled that the world will get to see Serrano make history once again with the bout being a part of the SHOWTIME live stream online."
Yordenis Ugas vs Cesar Barrionuevo In 147-Pound
Title Eliminator & Unbeaten Polish Heavyweight
Adam Kownacki Meets Former Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin On Garcia vs Porter
Showtime Championship Boxing Tripleheader Card Saturday, September 8th from Barclays Center In Brooklyn!
(August 2nd) Top 147-pound contender Yordenis Ugas and Argentine slugger Cesar Barrionuevo will battle in a WBC welterweight title eliminator while unbeaten Polish heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki will face former heavyweight champion Charles Martin in a 10-round attraction as part of a tripleheader live on SHOWTIME Saturday, September 8 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Ugas (22-3, 11 KOs), who was born in Cuba and now lives in Las Vegas, is one of the busiest boxers in the sport and a consensus top-10 fighter in the welterweight division. After losing a unanimous decision to Amir Imam in 2014, the 32-year-old Ugas took a year off from boxing, moved up to 147 pounds and came back on a tear. During a 12-month span from August 2016 to August 2017, Ugas won five straight fights, knocking off top contenders and prospects including Jamal James, Bryant Perrella, Levan Ghvamichava, Thomas Dulorme and Nelson Lara. Ugas has added two more stoppage victories in 2018, including February on SHOWTIME when he handed Ray Robinson his first defeat since a 2010 decision to Shawn Porter.
"I'm very excited to be part of such a great card,'' Ugas said. "This is a huge opportunity to put myself in position to fight the best fighters in the welterweight division and that's my goal. I don't know much about my opponent, but he is a power punching Argentine and I have to be 100 percent ready come September 8. This will be my second appearance on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and I look forward to making another huge statement. I'm going to close the show in New York like my friend, Yankees' closer Aroldis Chapman.''
Barrionuevo (34-3-2, 24 KOs) has devastating one-punch power and is wildly popular in his native Argentina, where he has held regional titles while stopping seven of his last nine opponents. Barrionuevo will make his U.S. debut on September 8. The 29-year-old has won 10 fights in a row and has only lost once since 2010 as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse, elite welterweights from Argentina. Barrionuevo, who is ranked No. 6 by the WBC at 147 pounds, was previously scheduled to face Abel Ramos on Aug. 3 in Las Vegas before taking the opportunity to fight Ugas in this title eliminator.
"I am proud to be fighting in the United States and fighting on SHOWTIME is a dream come true,'' said Barrionuevo. "Argentine boxing has a long history of great champions from Carlos Monzon to Sergio Martinez and most recently Marcos Maidana. I am looking to become one of those great Argentine fighters of this era and it starts on September 8. I bring the power and the heart of my country with me and expect all the Argentine flags to be out at Barclays Center.''
Kownacki (17-0, 14 KOs) has become a must-see attraction amongst the large contingent of Polish boxing fans in his hometown of Brooklyn and will return to fight at Barclays Center for the fifth time on September 8. The 29-year-old has steadily climbed up the rankings, having most recently knocked out then once-beaten heavyweight Iago Kiladze in Brooklyn in January. Prior to that win, the undefeated heavyweight scored a dominant stoppage of Artur Szpilka last July on Long Island in a matchup of top Polish heavyweights.
"It's exciting to be back in the ring on SHOWTIME to showcase my skills,'' said Kownacki. "It will be another step to reach my goal of becoming the first Polish heavyweight champion. I am training hard in preparation to fight Charles Martin. It will be an amazing night in Barclays Center. I'm hoping Barclays Center will be covered in white and red.''
Born in St. Louis, Martin (25-1-1, 23 KOs) captured the IBF Heavyweight World Championship in January 2016 via a third round TKO against Vyacheslav Glazkov at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME. The 32-year-old scored knockouts in 21 of his first 23 before losing in his first title defense against Anthony Joshua in the UK. Martin trains in Big Bear, California and has since scored two knockout victories on his way towards a matchup with Kownacki that could move him closer to another shot at a belt.
"I don't want to talk about fighting, I just want to get in there and show off my skills," said Martin. "For this fight I asked for the toughest opponent that I could get. I'm not worried about who is in front of me. I will be ready on Sept. 8."
Welterweight Stars Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter
Face Off at Today's New York Press Conference!
(July 30th) Former world champions Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter went face-to-face Monday at a press conference to formally announce their showdown for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Championship Saturday, September 8 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say Monday from the Dream Hotel Downtown in Manhattan:
"I'm excited for this fight because I'm a world championship-level fighter and this gives me the chance to be back where I've been for so long. It doesn't matter who it is, I'm just happy to be back and fighting for the title.
"The loss against Keith Thurman hurt me for a little bit. I thought I finished the fight strong and won. At the end of the day though, I feel motivated again. I feel more motivated now than I did before the fight. There's something different inside of me.
"There's no pressure on me, I'm just going to come to fight. We can dance if he wants, but I guarantee I'm coming to bang with him in the middle of the ring. I feel I'm the stronger puncher, have the faster hands and and am the better all-around fighter.
"I'm so used to hearing my dad's voice during a fight. Me and my dad are different than other people. We do a lot together outside of the ring. We're friends first because of where we came from. We're enjoying every moment and we're hungry for me.
"At the end of the day, my mindset is fully focused on September 8. I have to go grab this title and then you can ask me to fight anyone. I've never turned down an opponent in my career. I'm a fighter and this is what I do.
"This wasn't the first time someone has called me out and it won't be the last. Come September 8, I will show the world once again why I am one of the best.
"At the end of the day, I have to go in there and make adjustments and do what I do best. I'll set the tempo and the pace and take it one round at a time.
"The fans at Barclays Center love me. This is the 'Danny Garcia Show.' Whenever I fight here, all I hear is 'DSG! DSG!.' They are going to be there for me."
"I think for a long time, watching Danny do what he does and hearing him say what he'd do to me, I got stirred up to the point where I really wanted this fight. I made that known after his fight against Brandon Rios and I think that's why we're here right now.
"This is a great opportunity to get the fight I wanted for my career. I'm thriving right now and you'll see it all on fight night.
"I'm a very difficult fighter to prepare for. You never know what you'll get with me. I'm used to being the underdog and I thrive on it. I'm the more intelligent fighter at the end of the day.
"Me and my dad are a little different than Angel and Danny. Boxing is our way of life and this is what he's grown me into. Fight night is like Christmas or another birthday. That's when we come together the most and make the best of every opportunity.
"Brooklyn doesn't like me because of what I wear or what I say, they like me because I come to fight and I entertain. That's all because of my dad and the tools he's given me to be the very best that I could be.
"All of my abilities - power, quickness, the whole nine will help me get this victory. To beat Danny Garcia, you have to use your whole arsenal. Especially beating him in the fashion we want to beat him in. We want to look great.
"We have seen Danny in the ring with different fighters with different styles. You can be aggressive and beat him, you can use the ring and outbox him, we are going to use them all.
"At the end of the day, I learned a lesson in my last fight. My dad told me not to do anything for the crowd. You have to do what you have to do to win. September 8 isn't going to be about making the crowd yell and winning them over. That is already done. It is a matter of going in there with whatever game plan we go with and making it happen.
"The belt is all I want. Winning a title is always special, but beating Danny Garcia for it will be icing on the cake. He's been a top fighter for a long time and this win will help solidify me. Once I have the belt, the sky's the limit."
ANGEL GARCIA, Danny's Father & Trainer
"I don't see anything special in Shawn Porter. He comes with his head, he comes wild. We're going to take care of him and we're going to work on him. He's not bringing anything to the table that I haven't seen before. It's Danny's time.
"At the end of the day we got a fight. Words are just words. I'd give my life for Danny. I'd take a bullet for him, I love him.
"Listen, when Danny hits him on the right side he's going to feel it on the left. My son's power is like nothing he's ever seen before.
"Listen, at the end of the night September 8th, Danny will be champion again. That belt is coming home with us and back to Philadelphia."
KENNY PORTER, Shawn's Father & Trainer
"We really enjoy fighting at Barclays Center. The energy there is different than any other location. It is a comfortable location for us and it is going to be an exciting night.
"Training has been different in a lot of ways, but a very good different. We are doing a lot of things that we have never done before and we are excited about that. To do different things that create excitement and make you look forward to coming to train is always good.
"They will not be prepared for us on fight night. We will start to focus on some of the things that we will do for Danny and in that aspect, there are some things we will have to prepare for differently.
"The biggest thing is to make sure is that Shawn is ready. We're going to have a solid game plan that Shawn will know how to implement. We're going to make Danny adjust to us."
LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment
"These are two guys who have really made a name for themselves fighting in Brooklyn. They've been a part of the best fights in Brooklyn. They are two of the best fighters and most exciting fighters in the sport. This is as good as it gets style-wise, period. These guys get that this is entertainment. These are two guys that entertain.
"Shawn has come out on the short end a couple of times, and clearly those fights could have been scored differently. They were sensational fights as all of his bouts tend to be.
"Danny Garcia doesn't get enough respect, he gets out there and wins. He's a great fighter who does everything well, which makes him extremely dangerous.
"These guys have earned this opportunity and the winner deserves the belt. The winner will get one of the biggest fights in the sport after this. Both guys are professionals who know the stakes on September 8.
"This is going to be an electric fight. The fans will be on the edge of their seats this whole night and you're not going to want to miss it.
"These are two guys who know how to fight and will entertain you. Make sure you get your tickets early."
BRETT YORMARK, CEO of BSE Global
"As Lou said September 8th should be terrific. I am personally looking forward to it. It adds to our resume of BROOKLYN BOXING. It comes almost right at our 6th anniversary of Barclays Center.
"Both fighters are veterans in our ring. This is Danny's seventh fight in Brooklyn and Shaw's fifth and they have built fan bases here. Our presale in the first few days have been terrific.
"Danny opened the building for BROOKLYN BOXING almost six years ago and we thank you for that and we thank you for continuing to come back.
"Shawn's last three fights have been in Brooklyn. I think you and your dad have been sitting ringside for every fight in Brooklyn and we are thrilled to have you back.
"We are thankful to be hosting the boxing industry time and time again and we are as committed as ever to bring the best of the best to Brooklyn and doing it consistently throughout the year. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 8th. It should be a spectacular night."
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
"Garcia vs. Porter will be the 12th SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event of the year. That is just through September. Adding our other live boxing events, we have done 24 live boxing presentations this year. It is not just quantity; it is high quality.
"Eight times on SHOWTIME this year alone, there have been top five fighters fighting each other. Here we have two of the strongest resumes not just in the welterweight division, but in the sport overall.
"Danny Garcia has 12 fights against current or former world champions. There is no question that Danny Garcia has one of the strongest resumes in the sport. I don't think he gets credit for it and it is time that he does. Of Shawn's last 11 fights, eight have been against former world champions. He always wants to fight in the very best fights.
"Between the two of them, they have fought on SHOWTIME and/or CBS combined 20 times. The best fighters, the biggest most meaningful fights. That's what we have been doing, and with fighters like Danny and Shawn, we are going to continue to do it."
Elite Welterweight Stars Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter
Set to Battle for Vacant 147lb Title
Saturday, September 8th Live on SHOWTIME®
from Barclays Center in Brooklyn!
(July 24th) Welterweight stars and former 147-pound titleholders Danny "Swift" Garcia and "Showtime" Shawn Porter will square off for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Championship live on SHOWTIME Saturday, September 8 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
"I'm excited and motivated to go in there and recapture what's mine," said Garcia. "The WBC title belongs to me. Come September 8, I'm going to prove that I'm the best fighter in the world. My loss is behind me and it's given me a chip on my shoulder to run that extra mile and train even harder. I know that Shawn Porter is not on my level. I'm coming to fight him in the middle of the ring and I'm going to beat him at his game."
"I'm going to force Danny Garcia to fight me, to be uncomfortable and to do things he's not used to doing in a fight," said Porter. "If Danny comes in being defensive and trying to hold, it may last a while. But if he comes and tries to trade with me and prove something to himself, then it will end fast. I think my style will give him problems and not allow him to pace himself. This is going to be an instant classic and I'm going to win and become champion once again."
Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) has fought and defeated many of the most formidable opponents at 140 and 147-pounds spanning two generations-Erik Morales, Zab Judah, Kendall Holt, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie Malignaggi and Lamont Peterson among them. Five of his six opponents in the welterweight division were world champions and 11 of his last 15 opponents were world champions or former world champions.
Representing the fighting city of Philadelphia, Garcia has made Brooklyn another home base, drawing big crowds in six fights since the arena opened in 2012 including his triumphs over Morales, Judah, Peterson and Malignaggi and a narrow decision loss to Keith Thurman in a blockbuster world title unification that aired on CBS. The 30-year-old put himself into position to earn back his WBC belt with a highlight-reel knockout of Brandon Rios in a title eliminator February on SHOWTIME.
Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) owns victories over four-division champion Adrien Broner and two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi over a career that has seen him develop a reputation as one of the sport's most reliable all-action attractions. He lost a narrow decision to unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman in a 2016 Fight of the Year candidate in Brooklyn but rebounded with two victories last year at Barclays Center. He scored a TKO victory against former welterweight champion Andre Berto in a welterweight title eliminator and followed it up with a 12-round decision over Adrian Granados.
The 30-year-old Porter, who was born in Akron, Ohio and now lives in Las Vegas, will fight at Barclays Center for the fifth time on September 8, including his title-winning performance against Devon Alexander that earned him the IBF title in 2013.
"Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter will be an action-packed, can't-miss brawl," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "This hugely important matchup is between two of the best welterweights in the world and pressure fighters with pleasing styles. Both Garcia and Porter have shined in memorable battles at Barclays Center and September 8 will be a tremendous night for boxing."
"Danny Garcia against Shawn Porter in a welterweight title fight is a throwback to the era when you had Thomas Hearns battling Roberto Duran,'' said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "Their styles are tailor-made to create action in the ring. Porter comes forward and throws punches in bunches and Garcia doesn't back up for anyone. This one will be decided in the center of the ring like all the great welterweight championship matches.''
"In 2018 SHOWTIME has delivered the biggest and most meaningful matchups in boxing, and Garcia vs. Porter is no exception," said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. "This will be our sixth fight this year featuring consensus top-10 welterweights, an unrivaled offering of elite fighters in boxing's glamour division. Danny and Shawn have fought a combined 20 times on SHOWTIME and, along the way, have earned reputations as fighters who never back down from a challenge. I know they are both eager to earn another world title and send a statement to the other champions in the welterweight division."
"I am pleased to welcome both Danny and Shawn back to Barclays Center," said Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global. "Both fighters have established a great following in Brooklyn, and September will be their biggest moment yet at Barclays Center. We are the number one venue for boxing, and are proud to host another world-class fight."