Shawn Porter’s boxing style isn’t elegant, but it is oh-so effective. The muscular 29-year-old simply overwhelmed Andre Berto by sheer force of will, dropping the two-time former champion three times and stopping him at 1:31 of the ninth in their WBC welterweight title eliminator Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Porter put on a devastating body attack, and Berto deserves an exceptional amount of credit for standing up to them and fighting back the way he did.
Tony Ferguson is the fighter who can give Conor McGregor the most problems according to fellow lightweight contender Al Iaquinta. Ferguson was supposed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209 in March, with the winner expected to challenge McGregor for his belt. "El Cucuy" had already set his sights on the Irishman, going on to repeatedly call him out on Twitter, but McGregor – who is currently chasing a big money fight with Floyd Mayweather – has not responded or even acknowledged Ferguson.
Heavyweight world titleholder Joseph Parker's first defense against mandatory challenger Hughie Fury is off after Fury pulled out with an undisclosed injury, Duco Events, Parker's co-promoter, said Saturday night. The fight was scheduled to take place May 6 at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Parker's home country. "Duco Events was today notified by the World Boxing Organization that mandatory No. 1 challenger Hughie Fury has an injury and will be unable to challenge champion Joseph Parker for the heavyweight title on May 6th in Auckland," Duco Events spokesman Craig Stanaway said. "The World Boxing Organization has, therefore, advised Duco Events to investigate the possibility of Joseph