Garcia-Porter card preview

Also included in the card at the Barclays Center is a welterweight fight between Yordenis Ugas and Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo, Adam Kownacki against Charles Martin in the heavyweight division, Amanda Serrano versus Yamila Reynoso for the vacant WBO female super lightweight title, Brandon Quarles against Marcus Willis, and more including Marcellos Wilder (Deontay Wilder’s younger brother) in action.

The most intriguing fight on the undercard has to be the heavyweight bout between Kownacki and Martin. Kownacki is undefeated and has been a fan favorite in the Brooklyn area as he resides in the city and has a huge following as a Polish boxer with there being a strong presence of Polish fans in the New York and New Jersey areas. He has had multiple fights at the Barclays Center including six of his last eight and he wants to make this one be his best win yet against a former world champion. If he does get the win, then that places him in serious consideration for being a top contender for a world title.

On January 2016, we saw Charles Martin win the IBF world heavyweight championship at the Barclays Center as he got a TKO victory over Vyacheslav Glazkov due to Glazkov suffering a leg injury. It only took a few months for him to lose that title as he went to the UK to face Anthony Joshua and got knocked out. After being away from the ring for a year, Martin has had a couple of quick fights before having a layoff for a year again until this fight was presented to him. While he has been a former champion, many feel that it was “by default” and that he may not have been “championship material”. With a win against the fan favorite that could erase some of those doubts that the boxing fans may have.

Yordenis Ugas is the highest ranked contender for the IBF welterweight championship, which is currently held by Errol Spence, Jr. Spence recently defeated the former #1 contender Carlos Ocampo in Texas leaving Ugas as the next guy in line to challenge for the IBF belt. People in boxing circles feel that Spence is the most avoided fighter in the division but Ugas feels otherwise and wants that chance to fight him for that belt. In the meantime, he will take on Barrionuevo who will be fighting in the US for the first time in his pro career. He has had a ten fight winning streak since 2014, but takes a big step up in competition in fighting Ugas who has had recent wins over Thomas Dulorme, Jonathan Batista, and the TKO win over Ray Robinson to get that spot in the IBF rankings.

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