SAN DIEGO, August 15, 2014 – Three quality contests make for a hot summer night of boxing action at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Saturday, August 16 worth every fan’s attention.
Unlike last week’s lineup of mismatches, the three fights being televised on Showtime starting at 9 p.m. ET are competitive and promise plenty of entertainment.
The main event features two undefeated super welterweights, Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) of Ohio versus Kell “Special K” Brook (32-0-0, 22 KOs) of Great Britain, for Porter’s IBF title belt.
When we last saw Porter, he was wiping the floor with Paulie Malignaggi, who may have decided a career as a broadcaster is the way to go after the impressive beat down he received. Porter has developed a fan-friendly aggressive style, but in fairness he hasn’t faced as tough a test as Brook.
Brook is fighting for only the second time outside the UK and isn’t well known by American fans. He is tough as leather and has great moments, but he’s also shown he can be vulnerable. He hasn’t had to seriously pay up for his mistakes, but this time he must focus or Porter will pounce on him.
Brook would love to prove himself to U.S. fans, but It’s difficult to win in someone else’s house. A Porter win puts him in on the short list of potential opponents for Floyd Mayweather. How refreshing to have an even matchup after last week’s mess, however it turns out.
On the undercard, Sakio Bika of Australia via Cameroon (32-5-3, 21 KOs) and Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) of Flint, Michigan get in the ring for a rematch of their split decision draw last December at the Barclays Center.
Expect an entertaining scrap from this pair. They have been talking trash about each other and engaged in an intense staredown at Friday’s weigh-in. Dirrell says he has done a tune-up and says there will be a knockout this time. Bika scoffed, saying that Dirrell only survived the first fight because he ran from him.
Bika always fights as the underdog and every time he finds a way to win, he’s seemingly beating the odds. Despite being knocked down by Dirrell, he would have won their first fight but lost a point for a low blow. Dirrell says he’s motivated to become the second cancer survivor to win a title, and he’s fighting on American turf. Australians have had it rough in America the last few weeks, and Bika could earn his countrymen a little redemption. Whoever wins, my bet is on a third fight.
Lightweight Omar Figueroa (23-0-1, 17 KOs) of Texas defends his WBC lightweight belt against Daniel Estrada (34-2-1, 24 KOs) of Mexico. His biggest fight is with his hands, which suffer the damage from the power puncher’s output against his opponents. Figueroa doesn’t have a reverse gear. Figueroa won but didn’t have the best showing against Jerry Belmontes in April after taking nine months off due to the injuries he suffered in his fight against Japan’s Nihito Arakawa, one of 2013’s best fights of the year.
Estrada is the mandatory challenger for Figueroa. He has been working with four division champion Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico City’s altitude along with trainer Nacho Beristain. Marquez will be in Estrada’s corner on Saturday. Estrada is riding a nine fight winning streak, including his own victory over Arakawa.
Figueroa is exciting to watch, but if doesn’t get a little smarter about his approach his hands will threaten his future. Figueroa said after the weigh-in “everything is good” with his hands, and this would be his last fight at lightweight before moving up to 140 pounds. “Expect an even better Omar at 140,” he promises.
Add the magic that somehow happens every time fighters step into the ring at this exciting, intimate open air venue in Southern California and you can expect an epic evening, brah.
All fighters made weight, although Shawn Porter had to strip to the buff to make it by one-quarter of one pound under his 168 limit, aided by a towel as a screen.
Showtime Championship Boxing airs on Saturday, August 16, at 9 p.m. ET.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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