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Shawn Porter Las Vegas Media Workout Quotes

Former welterweight world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter hosted a media workout at the Porter Hy-Performance Center in Las Vegas Wednesday as he prepares to take on Danny “Swift” Garcia for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Championship on Saturday, September 8 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a welterweight title eliminator between Yordenis Ugas and Cesar Barrionuevo and heavyweight action that pits unbeaten Polish slugger Adam Kownacki against former heavyweight champion Charles Martin.

Undercard streaming coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN as five-division world champion Amanda Serrano attempts to win a world title in her record sixth weight class when she faces Yamila Esther Reynoso for the WBO 140-pound title.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with DSG Promotions, start at $50 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Porter was joined by his father and trainer, Ken Porter, as the two discussed the highly-anticipated welterweight showdown presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Here is what the Porters had to say Wednesday:

SHAWN PORTER

“I love being in training camp and grinding every day. We’re just 100 percent focused on what we have to do. I’m seasoned enough where I know how to excel through these stages of camp. I feel great.

“We always work on the jab to start our training session. Everyone knows that everything I do comes off of my jab. It’s all about the fundamentals. My dad is smart and knows my athletic potential is there. He’s focused on all the technical and strategic parts of the game.

“Whether we look to box or not will be a game-time decision. We’ll have to read the fight. I think we’re going to start trying to mix it up and then take it from there. It’s up to me to see the adjustments and make them. Whatever it takes to win this fight, I am prepared to do it.

“Danny’s counter-punching I think plays into my hands. I’m a combination puncher. There’s more than one coming. If there is only one coming, you don’t know where it’s coming from. I think it’s going to take care of Danny’s strength, but I don’t take it lightly. I know that he’s a strong fighter and that’s what I expect in the ring.

“I don’t believe that he’s going to stand toe-to-toe with me, but I do believe that’s where he thinks he can win the fight. The point is to hit and not get hit, so we’ll try to keep it as clean as possible. It gets rough in there sometimes, but if you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen.

“Once upon a time I probably would have that thought that I could just beat Danny with activity. But I know that I have to be sharp, precise and land most of my punches. I want to throw 60 a round and land 40 percent.

“I’m going go out there and be aggressive, be sharp, be quick and let the rest take care of itself. This is a humungous fight that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.”

KEN PORTER, Shawn’s Father & Trainer

“Any fight that Shawn is in, you’re going to have action. If Shawn went in there and laid back, I doubt that Danny would go after him. I just don’t think Danny is going to go forward like that.

“We have to continue to do what we’ve done to get this far. But we’re not going to go after him the way he expects us to.

“Danny is trying to pump himself up like he’s some kind of one-punch knockout artist. But I’m a one-punch artist if it’s against someone who can’t box anymore or who’s coming way up in weight. If you hit Shawn Porter with one of those punches, he’s going to hit right back, and with Shawn, it’s going to be more than one.

“My focus is on making sure that Shawn is prepared to do the things I need him to do. I have to get him where I need before I focus too much on what Danny is going to bring. We’re making sure Shawn is 100 percent first.”

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New York Liberty Comeback Attempt in Vegas comes up Short

Brittany Boyd. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The Las Vegas Aces began their matchup against the New York Liberty on a 22-3 run, giving themselves a solid cushion as they looked to lock up a sweep of the season series. The Liberty (7-25) battled back to cut the deficit to single digits, but the Aces (14-17) pulled away once more, securing a 85-72 victory at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Wednesday night.

The shorthanded Liberty were down to just eight active players once again, although this time they were without leading scorer Tina Charles for the first time this season. It marked just the ninth regular season matchup that the veteran has missed in her career.

Kia Nurse and Bria Hartley helped make up for lost production, as they co-led the Liberty with 14 points apiece. The duo combined to shoot an even 50 percent from the field, with each hitting a pair of threes.

Sugar Rodgers notched her first career double-double, finishing with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Brittany Boyd was the fourth Liberty player to score in double figures, as the floor general registered 10 points, along with six assists and four rebounds.

Kiah Stokes finished with 11 rebounds, including four on the offensive end. She has now grabbed double-digit boards in three of the last four games. The center contributed three assists and a pair of rejections to the Liberty cause as well.

With the loss, the Liberty’s current skid has reached 11 games. They stay out west for their next matchup; they take on the Seattle Storm on Friday night. Tipoff is set for 10:00 p.m. (ET) at KeyArena.

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New York Liberty Head to Vegas for Second Leg of Back-to-Back

Amanda Zahui B. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The New York Liberty (7-24) hung with the Los Angeles Spark until the waning minutes, ultimately falling 74-66 yesterday evening. They do not have to wait long for a chance to get back into the win column, as they face the Las Vegas Aces (13-17) tonight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center with tip scheduled for 10 p.m. .

QUICK HITS

Tina Charles’ 20.1 points per game rank seventh the league (as of 8/15).

Charles’ 7.2 rebounds per game are tied for ninth in the league (as of 8/15).

Charles ranks top-20 in the league in blocks per game (as of 8/15).

Kia Nurse’s ranks top-10 among rookies with 8.5 points per game (as of 8/15).

Nurse is shooting 86.4 percent from the free throw line, tied for seventh in the league (as of 8/15).

Brittany Boyd’s 5.2 assists per contest rank fourth in the WNBA (as of 8/15).

Boyd is tied for tenth in the league in steals per game with 1.3 (as of 8/15).

Bria Hartley ranks top-15 in the league with 3.7 assists per game (as of 8/15).

Las Vegas head coach Bill Laimbeer served in the same position with the Liberty for five seasons, leading them to a conference finals appearance in 2015. He joined the Aces this past offseason.

A trio of former Liberty players now suit up for Las Vegas; Carolyn Swords, Kelsey Bone, and Lindsay Allen.

KEY MATCHUP

 

Kayla McBride has been a thorn in the Liberty’s side this season, as the Las Vegas guard is averaging 21.5 points per game when the two teams meet this season. The responsibility of locking her down may fall on Kia Nurse, who has demonstrated a strong defensive intensity in her rookie season.

LAST MEETING

 

On June 22, 2018, Kayla McBride scored a game-high 27 points as the Aces handled the Liberty in Las Vegas, 88-78.

The contest was tied at 59 apiece with under eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but the Aces pulled away to secure the victory.

Tina Charles and Amanda Zahui B both scored 14 for the Liberty. Charles added eight rebounds and five assists.

EASY BREEZY

 

Against the Sparks, Bria Hartley was a crucial spark plug off the bench, hitting shots at key moments to keep the Liberty in the game. The guard finished with 10 points and six rebounds as she continues to have one of her best all-around seasons to date. The fifth-year pro has already set career-highs in assists, rebounds, and steals this year.

RESERVES AT THE READY

 

Due to injuries, the Liberty were down to just three available bench players for the matchup against the Sparks. Regardless, their second unit outscored their opponent’s by nine points, marking the 24th game this season the Liberty have gotten more production from their bench.

TINA & TWENTY

 

Tina Charles finished with a team-high 21 points against the Sparks, her fourth straight game with at least 20. It is the second time this season the veteran has reached the benchmark four games in a row, and she has 16 such games on the season.

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New opponent for comebacking 3-time, 2-division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera

Three-time, two-division world champion “El Gallo” Jose Rivera has a new opponent for his comeback fight this Friday night in “Homecoming”, presented by Granite Chin Promotions (GCP) in association with Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The 45-year-old Rivera (41-6-1, 24 KOs), who was matched against Ruben “Modern Day Warrior” Galvan, didn’t find out until yesterday (Tuesday) that Galvan had broken a finger the night before. Texas veteran Larry “Slomoshun” Smith (10-37-1, 7 KOs) is the late replacement for Rivera in the eight-round main event.

“I am not a fan of late changes,” Rivera said, “but at this point it’s either that or no fight, and I’ve trained too hard not to fight.”

Rivera last fought in 2011, taking an eight-round decision over Paul Mpendo, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

The name of the event is “Homecoming” because five fighters in action are from Worcester, including three who’ve never fought there before as professionals.

Super middleweight Kendrick Ball, Jr. (9-1-2, 6 KOs) and junior middleweight Khiary Gray (15-4, 11 KOs), both promoted by CES Boxing, will be fighting at home in Worcester as pros for the first time in a pair of six-round bouts. Ball faces Mexican Fabian “El Lobo” Valdez (2-3) in the co-featured event, while Gray (15-4, 11 KOs) faces Antonio Chaves Fernandez (9-33, 4 KOs), of Brockton, MA, in a rematch of a fight won by Gray.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in four-round bouts are Southbridge, MA welterweight Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Engelberto “Guarura” Valenzuela (11-14, 3 KOs), Springfield’s (MA) pro-debuting featherweight Joshua Orta vs. Worcester’s Edwin Rosado (1-7-1, 1 KO), Worcester’s pro-debuting welterweight Eslih Owusu vs. Bryan “The Brick” Abraham (6-30-2, 6 KOs) and Springfield, MA welterweight Jose Angel “KO” Ortiz (4-13-1, 1 KO) vs. Somerville’s (MA) Patrick Leal (0-4).

Tickets, priced at $75.00 (ringside) and $45.00 (general admission), are on sale and available to purchase at www.ThePalladium.net

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Liberty Offense stalls late against Sparks

Tina Charles. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Liberty led the Los Angeles Sparks by as much as nine in the first half, and they entered the break with a six-point advantage. But the Sparks (19-13) would go on to outscore the Liberty (7-24) 36-22 in the second half as they pulled out a 74-66 victory at the Staples Center on Tuesday night.

New York got off to a hot start on offense, shooting 52.9 percent from the field in the first quarter. Tina Charles led the charge with 11 points in the frame. The Sparks matched them basket for basket, however, as the quarter saw eight lead changes.

The Liberty built a lead in the second quarter, before watching it disappear in the second half. It is the sixth time in the past seven games that New York has entered halftime either tied or with the lead before eventually falling.

Charles finished with a team-high 21 points, shooting an even 50 percent from the field. It was her fourth straight game with at least 20 points, and her 16th on the season. The veteran contributed seven rebounds as well.

Kia Vaughn notched 11 points in the contest, her highest scoring total since July 1. She also chipped in a team-high eight rebounds. Bria Hartley joined Charles and Vaughn in double figures with 10 points off the bench, including a pair of threes.

The loss continued a season-long 10 game skid for the Liberty. They do not have to wait long for a chance to right the ship— the face the Las Vegas Aces tomorrow night. Tipoff is set for 10:00 p.m. (ET) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

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Athletes In Your Community Spotlight as WWE and Nets stars bring smiles to the children of the Brooklyn Hospital

On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in the Downtown Brooklyn area, WWE Superstars Alexa Bliss, Apollo Crews, Dana Warrior and Titus O’Neil teamed up with Brooklyn Nets stars Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen to bring smiles to the faces of the children and their families at the Brooklyn Hospital.

All of the stars took time to sign autographs, interact with the children and their families and celebrate the upcoming SummerSlam week happening soon in the New York City area.

1495Sports is proud to bring the following video with sights from the day along with interviews from Apollo Crews and Dana Warrior from the WWE along with Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen from the Brooklyn Nets:

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Super Channel to Host Huge Boxing Card on August 18

One of the best top-to-bottom pro boxing cards of the year will air Saturday afternoon, August 18, in Canada exclusively on Super Channel, live from Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Three-time, two-division world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton takes on Luke “Action” Jackson in the 12-round main event for the Interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) Featherweight World Championship in the 12-round main event. Three-time Irish Olympian Paddy “The Leprechaun” Barnes challenges World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight world champion Cristofer “El Latigo” Rosales in the 12-round co-featured event. In a Special Heavyweight Attraction, undefeated former unified world heavyweight champion Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury continues his comeback in a 10-round match against veteran Francisco Pianeta.

Frampton vs. Jackson, presented by Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions, will air across Canada exclusively on Super Channel, starting at 2:45 p.m. ET / 11:45 a.m. PT.

“Canadian boxing fans are going to want to tune into Super Channel this Saturday as we bring them yet another incredible major boxing showcase,” said Troy Wassill, Director of Programming for Super Channel. “With Frampton vs. Jackson as the main event and Rosales vs. Barnes as the co-feature, not to mention the highly anticipated return of Tyson Fury, all set in legendary Windsor Park, this is a high-caliber, fully-stacked card that any boxing fan is not going to want to miss.”

Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs), fighting at home in Belfast, is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight and super bantamweight champion, as well as International (IBF) super bantamweight world title holder, who is 5-1 in world title fights, 7-1 versus present or former world champions. Frampton has defeated world champions Steve Molitor – a native Canadian – Kiko Martinez (twice), Hugo Fidel Cazares, Scott Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz and Nonito Donaire.

“If he performs to his best and I perform to my best,” Frampton said of Jackson, “I’m knocking him out, simple as that. I’m due a knockout. I haven’t knocked anyone out in quite a while. He sees that he’s a complete underdog and there’s no pressure on him. People are writing him off. That can help fighters. When they have no expectations on their shoulders, they can go and perform out of their skin.

“I’m certainly not taking Luke Jackson for granted in the slightest. I’ve done that before against Alejandro Gonzalez and I ended up on my backside twice in the first round. I’ve learned from that fight. I’m the better fighter and I feel fit and sharp. I believe I’m one of the best supported fighters on the planet and that’s down to the passionate Northern Ireland sports fans.

“I want to be world champion again. If I lose this fight my career is over, that’s the truth, but I’m not intending to lose it. Victory over Jackson sets up a potentially sizzling showdown with another fighter who has a massive fan base, Josh Warrington, the new IBF featherweight champion from Leeds. Lips are already being licked in anticipation of that one.”

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The reigning WBO Oriental featherweight champion, Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs) represented his native Australia in the 2012 Olympics. The upset-minded Jackson believes Frampton is finished.

“Across the board,” the outspoken Australian spoke about Frampton, “but I don’t think he is as good as he once was. In the first fight against Leo Santa Cruz he boxed out of his skin and deserved to win, but he hasn’t looked the same since. Carl is a very good fighter who does everything good, but I don’t think he does anything great. I respect him as a fighter, I respect him as a man, but I am coming to beat him, not coming over to be friends.

“I don’t know if he wants me to call him a Hall of Fame fighter or the greatest, but I don’t think he is. He is very beatable, and I think I can beat him, simple as that.”

Rosales (27-3, 18 KOs), fighting out of Nicaragua, will be making the first world title defense of the title he captured last April in Japan, when he stopped Daigo Higa in the ninth round. Rosales is the cousin of Roman Gonzalez, the former pound-4-pound king of boxing.

The reigning WBO Intercontinental flyweight champion, Barnes (5-0, 1 KO) will also be fighting at home in Belfast in front of his passionate fan base. One of the greatest Irish amateur boxers of all time, Barnes will be fighting for a world title in only his sixth professional fight. He won two bronze medals (2008 & 2012) in his three trips to the Olympics, as well as gold in the 2019 European Championships.

“This is the fight that defines my boxing career,” Barnes claimed. “There were great achievements as an amateur including Olympic bronze medals, but that is only third place in the world, which is great. To be the best in the world at your weight, the WBC world championship is definitely the one to win. I did great as an amateur and people will remember me for what I’ve achieved, but a world professional title is what I really want. I would swap everything I did as an amateur to win this fight.”

Two other exciting fights on the “Frampton vs. Jackson” card, in addition to the previously mentioned main event and co-feature, will air in Canada exclusively on Super Channel.

Fury (26-0, 16 KOs) had been sidelined with mental health issues for the past 2 ½ years, after shocking the boxing world November 28, 2015, when he defeated future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) by way of a 10-round unanimous decision (116-111, 115-112, 115-112).

The 6′ 9″ Fury became the undisputed world heavyweight champion, securing the IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and The Ring championships, only to be stripped and/or relinquish his title belts without a single defense. Fury returned to the ring this past June against Sefer Seferi, who was unable to continue after four rounds.

Pianeta (35-4-1, 25 KOs), a native of Italy who lives in Germany, is a two-time world title challenger. The former WBO European champion is a cancer survivor.

Irish light heavyweight Steve Collins, Jr. (12-1-1, 4 KOs), the son of former two-division world champion Steve Collins, Sr., faces Steve “The Quiet Man” Ward (7-0, 3 KOs), of Belfast, in a regional title fight to open the broadcast.

To watch Frampton vs. Jackson live, as well as more exciting boxing to come in 2018, fight fans in Canada can contact their local cable provider to subscribe to Super Channel and all that it offers, including premium series, movies and much more, for as low as $9.95 per month.

Super Channel aired major boxing events live the past two years like Brook vs. Spence Jr., Pacquiao-Horn, Eubank, Jr. vs. Abraham, Lomachenko vs.
Marriaga, Crawford vs. Indongo, Smith vs. Williams II, Frampton vs. Donaire, and Fury vs. Sefari, in addition to the inaugural World Boxing Super Series.

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