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Video: Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter- Confrontation in Las Vegas

Video by Ryan Burton

As the action was going on at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas - WBC, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and his mandatory challenger Shawn Porter had a confrontation backstage and traded words.

Danny Garcia stopped 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.

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

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;18513353]People think that he lost to Lara and GG also.[/QUOTE] When Nelo fought Lara I was rooting for Lara but after the fight I thought Nelo won. Lara gassed out, maybe from the body attack Nelo was doing. As for…

Comment by DRek501 on 02-26-2018

What his reasoning for the long delay in naming an opponent, this guy is a joke and needs to vacate those belts if he doesn't want to unify. Both Porter and Garcia had they shot they lost and neither will…

Comment by Raggamuffin on 02-24-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18512471]Nah, that not true....He has one legit loss against T.B.E. & no shame in that.[/QUOTE] People think that he lost to Lara and GG also.

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 02-23-2018

[QUOTE=Bjl12;18512877]What a waste of time.[/QUOTE] What is a waste of time? [QUOTE]These "organizations" are a joke, truly[/QUOTE] Why are they a joke?

Comment by Bjl12 on 02-23-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18500539]being rated #1 doesn't automatically make you the mandatory, you often have to win an eliminator or multiple eliminators to actually be declared the mandatory challenger).[/QUOTE] What a waste of time. These "organizations" are a joke, truly

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