Lem’s Latest: Shawn Porter signs to fight Kell Brook
Shawn Porter has signed to defend his IBF welterweight title against England's Kell Brook on a date and at a site to be determined, Porter's father and trainer, Kenny Porter informed RingTV.com on Wednesday.
"We signed yesterday and we're just waiting on a date and a place to be. I see that they're doing a lot of talking but I have 100 percent confidence in Shawn to defend his title. We know that Kell Brook is coming," said Kenny Porter.
"We know that it's going to be a good fight and I hope that Brook makes it a good fight because I know that Shawn is going to have a great fight. If Kell Brook has a great fight, then I expect Shawn to have an excellent fight."
On Tuesday, Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, informed RingTV.com that the boxer already had signed his part of the deal, which Golden Boy Promotions Vice President Eric Gomez already had said was in place to happen "in the next couple of months."
Brook (32-0, 22 knockouts), 28, will be after his fifth consecutive win when he faces Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), 26, who is coming off a fourth round stoppage of two-division titlist Paulie Malignaggi in April that followed Porter's unanimous decision over Devon Alexander for the belt in December.
"Now they're talking about Sept. 6 or Sept. 16, so I really don't know. I'm hoping by the end of the day on Wednesday that they would know. I don't really care where the fight takes place. Within the contract, the fight has to happen before Sept. 10," said Hearn on Tuesday.
"That was the date that, if it had gone to purse bid, that's the date where the winning bidder would have had to make the fight happen by. That was the date that we gave Golden Boy [Promotions]."
Hearn said that he believes that Porter will "get stopped or knocked out" by Brook if "Porter fights as erratic like he was" during the fight with Malignaggi.
"I believe that those guys are living in a different world than the world that we live in here in the United States. I mean, these guys are in some dream world all their own where you get 20-something knockouts against 20-something no-names," said Kenny Porter.
"They've faced absolutely nobody, so, you know, I'm looking forward to it and Shawn is looking forward to it. There is absolutely nothing that they can do to stop us from doing whatever we want to do."
SHOWTIME'S ALL ACCESS AIRS FRIDAY IN ADVANCE OF SAUL ALVAREZ-ERISLANDY LARA
Showtime will air the first of two episodes of All Access on Friday at 9 p.m., ET/PT in advance of the July 12 clash between junior middleweights Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) and southpaw Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) that will be hosted at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the network announced on Tuesday.
Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor, Barry Pepper, episode one of All Access: Canelo vs. Lara will be immediately followed by a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader headlined by Errol Spence Jr. vs. Ronald Cruz in a 10-round welterweight match-up.
Episode one will take viewers on private jets and on stage at each press conference during the boxers' four-city kickoff press tour. Cameras joined Lara at his home in Houston to meet his family and visited Alvarez in San Diego as the fighters entered training camp.
Alvarez's last fight was a 10th-round stoppage of Alfredo Angulo in March that helped him rebound from a majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September.
Prior to facing Mayweather, Alvarez unanimously decisioned previously unbeaten southpaw Austin Trout, flooring him in the seventh round of their bout in April 2013 that drew nearly 40,000 to the Alamodome in San Antonio.
In Lara, Alvarez faces a fighter whose past two wins were a 10th-round stoppage of Angulo, during which Lara was floored once each in the fourth and ninth rounds last June, and a unanimous decision over Trout, whom he dropped in the 11th round in December.
DARLEYS PEREZ RETURNS AGAINST ARGENIS LOPEZ ON SATURDAY
Lightweight contender Darleys Perez (29-1, 19 KOs) will fight Argenis Lopez (19-0, 7 KOs) at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Saturday, promoter Gary Shaw announced on Thursday.
Perez was last in action for a unanimous decision over Dunis Linan in December that helped him bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Yuriorkis Gamboa last June.
"I've had plenty of time to reflect on my defeat to Gamboa. I've came back with a win against Linan and my confidence is where it needs to be moving forward," said Perez.
"Lopez is coming to fight as am I, so I'm expecting to face a fighter who is determined to take food off my table. I'm not going to let it happen. I've worked too hard get back in this position and Lopez better be ready to die in the ring because I am."
Lopez will be after his third straight stoppage win when he faces Perez and was last in the ring for a third-round knockout of Ricardo Veras in December.
IVAN REDKACH RETURNS ON FRIDAY VS. SERGEY GULYAKEVICH
Lightweight Ivan Redkach (16-0, 13 KOs) will meet Sergey Gulyakevich (41-2, 17 KOs) in the main event of ESPN's Friday Night Fights from Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Mo., to be aired on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
Also on the card, which is promoted by Lou DiBella, is a co-feature matching junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski against Ramsey Luna.
ERROL SPENCE JR., DOMINIC WADE HIGHLIGHT SHOBOX ON FRIDAY
Welterweights Errol Spence Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs) will face Ronald Cruz (20-3, 15 KOs) in the main event and middleweight Dominic Wade meets Nick Brinson in the co-feature on Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
EMMANUEL TAYLOR TO FACE KARIM MAYFIELD ON JULY 18
Junior welterweights Emmanuel Taylor (17-2, 12 KOs) and Karim Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KOs) will clash on July 18 on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights from The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y., Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing announced on Wednesday. In the co-feature, 140-pound Cletus Seldin will face an opponent to be determined.
YOAN HERNANDEZ TO DEFEND RING CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST FIRAT ARSLAN
RING cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KOs) will defend his IBF belt against promotional stablemate Firat Arslan (34-7-2, 21 KOs) on August 16 at Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany, Sauerland Events announced on Thursday.
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