FS1 To Air Top Fights In A Thursday Marathon Event
Premier Boxing Champions is doing everything it can to help fight fans get their fix of fights and sports in general. With the coronavirus postponing a majority of events until at least the next few months, FS1 appears to be the place to be.
The following fights will be shown in a marathon today, Thursday, March 19:
- 6 a .m. ET – Shawn Porter v. Yordenis Ugas (3/9/19)
- 8 a.m. ET – Mike Garcia v, Sergey Lipinets (3/10/18)
- 9 a.m. ET – Manny Pacquiao v. Keith Thurman (7/20/19)
- 3 p.m. ET – Errol Spence Jr. v. Shawn Porter (9/28/19)
- 6 p.m. ET – Errol Spence Jr. v. Mikey Garcia (3/16/19)
The best boxers are showcased on FS1 Thursday in a special PBC marathon. 🥊 pic.twitter.com/KkIT0OCY8G
— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) March 19, 2020
One of the biggest bouts from the schedule is Spence (26-0) v. Porter (30-3-1). Considered the fight of the year, the contest inside the Staples Center was a back and forth affair that saw both dig deep into their arsenal. Porter controlled the first half of the bout, but couldn’t find the big shots to secure the win. Spence ended up making a comeback, and made the most of his opportunity.
Spence dropped Porter with a huge left hook in the eleventh round that seemingly gave him the advantage. According to CompuBox, Spence out-landed Porter 221 to 172 and ended up winning via split decision, (116-111, 112-115, 116-111). As a result, Spence unified the IBF and WBC Welterweight Titles. He remained undefeated and has since been recovering from a car crash.
The bout with Porter was a much more competitive bout compared to the one against Mikey Garcia. Moving up to welterweight for the first time, Garcia (40-1) never got a chance to gain any momentum against Spence. The IBF and WBC Lightweight Champion stood no match for Spence, even though he survived all twelve rounds. Spence ended up winning the bout via unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108 and 120-107).
Prior to losing to Spence, Porter faced Yordenis Ugas in his first defense of the WBC Welterweight Title. It was a bout with plenty of fireworks, as Ugas (25-4) was on fire throughout. Porter ended up winning the bout via split decision (116-112, 111-117 and 115-113), ending Ugas’ eight-fight win streak.
Garcia’s fight against Lipinets (16-1) was for the IBF and vacant lineal Junior-Welterweight Titles. In a bout that went twelve, Garcia dropped the rising star in the seventh, and ended up winning via unanimous decision (116-111, 117-110, 117-110).
In what was a huge comeback fight for Keith Thurman (29-1, 1NC) following multiple surgeries, “One Time” held his own against Manny Pacquaio (62-7-2). After coming back in 2019 from being gone since 2017, Thurman looked rusty against Josesito Lopez, and there were doubts if he could compete against the legend that is Pacquaio. He proved everyone wrong, surviving a struggling first half and held his own in the latter half. Pacquaio ended up winning via split decision (115-112, 114-113, 115-112) to win the WBA Welterweight title.