Keith Thurman Joins Mancini For FOX PBC Fight Night: Shawn Porter Vs. Ugas
Today, FOX Sports announces WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman to join International Boxing Hall of Famer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and host Kate Abdo live in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios for coverage of FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT: PORTER VS. UGAS on Thursday, March 7 – Saturday, March 9.
“I’m happy to be part of the FOX Sports broadcast for this exciting fight,” says Thurman. “Boxing fans should be excited, too. I’ve always been team Porter, from an amateur level, and I support all he has given to the sport. But Ugas knows what it’s like to fight the hard fight. Since it’s in my division, I’ll have my eye on the winner.”
Calling the action live from Los Angeles on Saturday, March 9 (8:00 PM ET) on FOX and streaming on the FOX Sports app are former three-time heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, legendary trainer Joe Goossen and blow-by-blow announcer Chris Myers. Veteran combat sports journalist Heidi Androl reports and interviews fighters, while International Boxing Hall of Famer Jimmy Lennon Jr. serves as ring announcer and Marcos Villegas is the unofficial scorer. On FOX Deportes, blow-by-blow announcer Adrian Garcia Marquez is joined by Jaime Motta to call the fights in Spanish.
FOX Sports PBC programming begins Thursday, March 7 (4:00 PM ET) on FS2 and the FOX Sports app with the one-hour FOX PBC PRESS CONFERENCE, as host Abdo is joined by Mancini and Thurman to preview the fights on the card and interview fighters. Androl presides over the press conference.
On Friday, March 8, the FOX PBC WEIGH-IN SHOW is telecast on FS2 and streaming on the FOX Sports app at 4:30 PM ET, with host Abdo and analysts Thurman and Mancini again on the desk, previewing the fights. Lennon Jr. hosts the weigh-ins on stage, while Androl interviews fighters onsite.
Saturday’s fight action begins at 6:30 PM ET on FS1 with the FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS featuring undefeated bantamweight prospect Damien Vazquez (14-0, 7 KOs) against former world champion Juan Carlos Payano (20-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round attraction, while unbeaten welterweight prospect and 2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis (7-0, 5 KOs) faces once-beaten Sammy Figueroa (11-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT continues at 8:00 PM ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app and features WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter making his first title defense in primetime against mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas (23-3,11 KOs). The main card also features heavy-handed slugger Efe Ajagba (8-0, 7 KOs) versus experienced veteran Amir Mansour (23-3-1, 16 KOs) in an eight-round heavyweight bout, plus a duel between two hard-hitting brawlers as Abel Ramos (23-3-2, 12 KOs) and Francisco Santana (25-6-1, 12 KOs) meet in a 10-round welterweight match in the televised opener.
The evening’s action wraps up on FS1 at 10:00 PM ET with the FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW as Abdo, Thurman and Mancini recap the fights and interview winners.
PBC on FOX programming continues Sunday, March 10 with PBC FIGHT CAMP: ERROL SPENCE JR. VS. MIKEY GARCIA (Part 3) on FOX at 1:30 PM ET. The four-part documentary series features an all-access look into the training camps of IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) and four-division world champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) as they prepare for their March 16 FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View showdown. The show is immediately followed at 2:00 PM ET by INSIDE PBC BOXING, a one-hour studio show featuring interviews with Spence Jr. and Garcia, and previewing the exciting Pay-Per-View.
Leading up to the fights, PBC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on the FOX PBC social pages. Follow @PBConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #PBConFOX fights Saturday.
Viewers can live stream the PBC shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FOX, FS1, FS2 and FOX Deportes streams. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store or on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.
“Showtime” SHAWN PORTER (United States)
WBC Welterweight World Champion
Age: 31 / Date of birth: October 20, 1987
Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada / Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio.
Record: 29-2-1, 17 KOs / Total rounds: 208
Height: 5’6″ – 167cm / Reach: 69.5″ – 177cm / Stance: Right-handed
World championship fights: 3-2, 1 KO
Manager, trainer: Ken Porter / Advisor: Al Haymon
YORDENIS “The Black Prince” UGÁS (Cuba)
Ranked WBC No. 6 at Welterweight
Age: 32 / Date of birth: July 14, 1986
Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada / Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Record: 23-3, 11 KOs / Total rounds: 153
Height: 5’9.5″ – 177cm / Reach: 73.5” – 187cm / Stance: Right-handed
Managers: Luis DeCubas Jr., Aroldis Chapman / Advisor: Al Haymon / Trainers: Ismail Salas, Jorge Capetillo
WBC WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS
1. Luis Manuel Rodriguez (Cuba) 1963
2. Emile Griffith (Virg. Island) 1963 – 1966
3. Curtis Cokes (US) 1966 – 1969
4. Jose Napoles (Mexico) 1969 – 1970
5. Billy Backus (US) 1970 – 1971
6. Jose Napoles (Mexico) * 1971 – 1975
7. John Stracey (GB) 1975 – 1976
8. Carlos Palomino (Mexico) 1976 – 1979
9. Wilfredo Benitez (P. Rico) 1979
10. Ray Leonard (US) 1979 – 1980
11. Roberto Duran (Panama) 1980
12. Ray Leonard (US) * 1980 – 1983
13. Milton McCrory (US) 1983 – 1985
14. Donald Curry (US) 1985 – 1986
15. Lloyd Honeyghan (Jamaica) 1986 – 1987
16. Jorge Vaca (Mexico) 1987 – 1988
17. Lloyd Honeyghan (Jamaica) * 1988 – 1989
18. Marlon Starling (US) 1989 – 1990
19. Maurice Blocker (US) 1990 – 1991
20. Simon Brown (Jamaica) 1991
21. James McGirt (US) 1991 – 1993
22. Pernell Whitaker (US) 1993 – 1997
23. Oscar de la Hoya (US) 1997 – 1999
24. Felix Trinidad (P. Rico) 1999
25. Oscar de la Hoya (US) * 2000
26. Shane Mosley (US) 2000 – 2002
27. Vernon Forrest (US) 2002 – 2003
28. Ricardo Mayorga (Nicaragua) 2003
29. Cory Spinks (US) 2003 – 2005
30. Zab Judah (US) 2005 – 2006
31. Carlos Baldomir (Argentina) 2006
32. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US) 2006 – 2007
33. Shane Mosley (US) Interim * 2007
34. Andre Berto (US) 2008 – 2011
35. Victor Ortiz (US) 2011
36. Robert Guerrero (US) Interim 2012 – 2013
37. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US) * 2011 – 2015
38. Danny Garcia (US) 2016 – 2017
39. Keith Thurman (US) 2017 – 2018
40. Shawn Porter (US) 2018 –
WBC TOP 10 WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONS
1. Sugar Ray Leonard (US)
2. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US)
3. Oscar de la Hoya (Mexico/US)
4. Jose Napoles (Mexico/Cuba)
5. Roberto Duran (Panama)
6. Emile Griffith (Virgin Is.)
7. Pernell Whitaker (US)
8. Shane Mosley (US)
9. Carlos Palomino (Mex)
10. John Stracey (GB)
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION IN WBC HISTORY
34 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, of whom only six have regained the title: Jose Napoles (Cuba-Mex), Ray Leonard (US), Lloyd Honeyghan (Jamaica-GB), Oscar de la Hoya (US-Mex), Shane Mosley (US), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US).
123 WBC welterweight world title bouts have been held in the history of the WBC.
97 WBC welterweight world title bouts have taken place in the United States.
Sep. 8, 2018 Shawn Porter W12 Danny Garcia – Brooklyn
Mar. 4, 2017 Keith Thurman W12 Danny Garcia – Brooklyn
Jan. 23, 2016 Danny Garcia W12 Robert Guerrero – Los Angeles
May 2, 2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Manny Pacquiao – Las Vegas
May 3, 2014 Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Marcos Maidana – Las Vegas
Jan. 26, 2002 Vernon Forrest W12 Shane Mosley – New York
June 17, 2000 Shane Mosley W12 Oscar de la Hoya – Los Angeles
Feb. 13, 1999 Oscar de la Hoya W12 Ike Quartey – Las Vegas
Oct. 1, 1994 Pernell Whitaker W12 James McGirt – Norfolk
Sep. 10, 1993 Pernell Whitaker D12 Julio Cesar Chavez – San Antonio
Sep. 18, 1989 Felix Trinidad W12 Oscar de la Hoya – Las Vegas
Feb. 4, 1989 Marlon Starling TKO9 Lloyd Honeyghan – Las Vegas
Sep. 27, 1986 Lloyd Honeyghan TKO6 Donald Curry – Atlantic City
Dec. 6, 1985 Donald Curry KO2 Milton McCrory – Las Vegas
Sep. 16, 1981 Sugar Ray Leonard TKO14 Thomas Hearns – Las Vegas
June 20, 1980 Roberto Duran W15 Sugar Ray Leonard – Montréal
June 22, 1976 Carlos Palomino TKO12 John Stracey – London
Dec. 6, 1976 John Stracey TKO6 José Napoles – Mexico City
Apr. 18, 1969 José Napoles TKO13 Curtis Cokes – Inglewood
Nov. 28, 1966 Curtis Cokes W15 Jean Josselin – Dallas
Dec. 8, 1962 Emile Griffith TKO9 Jorge José Fernandez – Las Vegas
WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.
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