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Photos: Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter - Face To Face, Trade Words

Former two division world champion Danny Garcia was very fired up after stopping Brandon Rios with a right hand in the ninth round Saturday night in their WBC welterweight world title elimination bout.

Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) beat Rios (34-4-1, 25 KOs) at Mandalay Bay Events Center to set up a potential rematch against WBC and WBA champion Keith Thurman or a fight against IBF champion Errol Spence Jr.

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Garcia fought for the first time since losing the WBC title in a unification fight with Thurman in March. Rios was able to get back on his feet, but staggered toward referee Kenny Bayless, who waved off the fight at the 2:25 mark of the round.

After the fight, former world champion Shawn Porter entered the ring and traded some very harsh words with Garcia.

Garcia told Porter - "Get the f*** out of my ring, this is the Danny Garcia show."

Garcia, from Philadelphia, was the world champion for six years dating to his win over Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2012 through the March loss. Rios, from Oxnard, California, is a former lightweight champion.

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David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) defended his WBC super middleweight title for the first time in a 12-round unanimous decision over Ronald Gavril (18-3, 14 KOs). The judges scored it 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109. The fight was a rematch of last September's bout in which Benavidez won the world title.

Benavidez, from Phoenix, landed 315 punches to Gavril's 176 and connected on 41 percent of his power shots.

"I knew he was going to come out aggressive," Benavidez said. "I knew I could jab and box him all day. When I saw the opening I took it. I didn't knock him out though. He's a tough son of a gun."

In an undercard IBF 147-pound title eliminator between two welterweight contenders, Yordenis Ugas (21-3, 10 KOs) stopped Ray Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs) in the seventh.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -NAV- on 02-19-2018

Danny needs one more fight before he fights a Thurman or Spence. If it’s thurman he can fight either Porter or Vargas. If it’s Spence he can fight Ugas or collazo.

Comment by Catrin on 02-19-2018

Porter looking for some free marketing compliments of SHOWTIME! As far as that whole ring staged drama! He did the same to Thurman while being interviewed... maybe he desperate on how the 147 is where the $ is at but…

Comment by odogg8121 on 02-18-2018

Porter isn’t ranked high enough in the ibf to get the shot; that was his last exude lol

Comment by rrayvez on 02-18-2018

[QUOTE=lion33lit;18497877]Porter should request a fight against Connor McGreggor in an MMA cage with MMA rules....although he'd lose (not so sure he'd lose), he'd be taken seriously to potentially cause some problems. Porter isnt exactly a gate keeper because he comes…

Comment by Summilux on 02-18-2018

Porter is a bad match up for Danny. Close fight in the first half while Porter will gas Garcia out and stop him late.

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