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BROOKLYN (July 30, 2017) – Three-division world champion Mikey Garcia kept his undefeated record intact with a dominant 12-round performance against four-division world champion Adrien Broner in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Saturday on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
In what could be considered one of the best performances of his career, Garcia (37-0, 30 KO's) won a unanimous decision by scores of 117-111 and 116-112 twice.
"We trained for 10 weeks, we had a great training camp and great sparring, we knew it was going to be a tough fight," Garcia said.
Garcia took the lead early on, showcasing fundamentally sound technique and backing Broner into the ropes midway through the second frame. A flurry of body shots put Broner in trouble in the second round. While Broner was able to stay on his feet, Garcia emerged with another round in his favor.
"I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds and I kept the activity up," Garcia said. "Broner is a great fighter and he has great skills but I was the superior fighter tonight."
Garcia showed a combination of jabs, power punches and body shots all night long. He cornered Broner on the ropes with a huge left hook halfway through the third frame, and backed him in to the ropes again with 39 seconds remaining in the round. While Broner showed some movement in the fourth round and hit Garcia with a succession of 1-2 combinations, Garcia's bodywork kept Broner at bay.
"It was part of the strategy to be a little busier in this fight than in the fights I have previously had," Garcia said.
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David Benavidez: 167 ½ Pounds
Ronald Gavril: 166 ¾ Pounds
J’Leon Love: 168 ¼ Pounds
Abraham Han: 167 ½ Pounds
Caleb Plant: 167 ¼ Pounds
Andrew Hernandez: 166 ¼ Pounds
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LAS VEGAS (Sept. 8, 2017) – At 20 years, 9 months old, David Benavidez became boxing's youngest world champion and the youngest ever in the super middleweight division, with a split decision victory over Ronald Gavril on Friday night on an exciting night of 168-pound action on SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. See the video of the decision via Twitter link HERE.
Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) placed the previously vacated WBC Super Middleweight belt around his waist after winning the title against former European amateur standout Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) in what Benavidez later described as quite possibly the "Fight of the Year." One scorecard had Gavril winning 116-111, with Benavidez winning on the other two scorecards, 116-111 and 117-111 in the event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
"It feels amazing to win this title," said the Phoenix resident Benavidez. "It's everything I've dreamed about since I was a little kid. It's everything I've dedicated myself to and I've worked hard for. It finally paid off."
The 31-year-old Romanian Gavril, who trains at Mayweather's Gym in Las Vegas by Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, sent Benavidez to the canvas with a left hook with just 50 seconds left in the wild 12th and final round.
"I feel I won the fight. I dominated the pace. I can't say anything else other than it was up to the judges," Gavril said, who was watched by his promoter all-time great Floyd Mayweather from ringside. "The only thing I can do is to ask for a rematch."
Lara vs. Gausha kickoff press conference from Brooklyn as all six fighters competing in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader discuss their upcoming showdowns on Saturday, Oct. 14 live from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
The main event features Erislandy Lara defending against undefeated Terrell Gausha, hard-hitting unbeaten champion Jermell Charlo facing top contender Erickson Lubin, and “Swift” Jarrett Hurd making his first title defense against tough former world champion Austin Trout.