By Keith Idec
Danny Garcia finally cracked a smile Friday afternoon after talking some trash to Shawn Porter and his father/trainer, Ken Porter, on the stage at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Moments earlier, Philadelphia’s Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) and Las Vegas’ Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) both made weight for their 12-round, 147-pound championship match Saturday night at Barclays Center.
The 30-year-old Garcia got on the New York State Athletic Commission’s scale at 146¾ pounds. The 31-year-old Porter officially weighed 147 pounds.
Garcia will attempt to win back the WBC welterweight title he lost to Keith Thurman by split decision in their 147-pound championship unification fight 18 months ago at Barclays Center. Thurman, who hasn’t fought since defeating Garcia, gave up that title late in April because a hand injury further delayed his return from elbow surgery.
Porter also can become a two-time welterweight champion. He held the IBF 147-pound championship for eight months, before Kell Brook beat him by majority decision in August 2014.
The Garcia-Porter bout will be the main event of Showtime’s tripleheader Saturday night.
Just before Garcia and Porter step into the ring, Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas (22-3, 11 KOs) and Argentina’s Cesar Barrionuevo (34-3-2, 24 KOs) will meet in a 12-round WBC welterweight title eliminator. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for Garcia or Porter.
The 32-year-old Ugas officially weighed 146¾ pounds Friday. Barrionuevo, 29, weighed in at 146 pounds.
The televised action will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, when Showtime will broadcast a heavyweight fight scheduled for 10 rounds. That bout will pit Polish-born, Brooklyn-based contender Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KOs) against Charles Martin (25-1-1, 23 KOs).
The 29-year-old Kownacki weighed 263¼ pounds Friday. The 32-year-old Martin (25-1-1, 23 KOs), a former IBF champion from Carson, California, stepped on the NYSAC’s scale at 246 pounds.
Martin weighed nine pounds less than for his previous fight, a first-round knockout of Mike Marrone (21-9, 15 KOs) in July 2017. Kownacki was 21 pounds heavier than he was when he weighed in for his most noteworthy win, a fourth-round stoppage of Poland’s Artur Szpilka (21-3, 15 KOs) in July 2017.
Kownacki still figures to be the toughest of Martin’s three opponents since he lost the IBF title to England’s Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) by second-round knockout in April 2016 at O2 Arena in London.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.