On Friday, March 13, Spike TV launched Premier Boxing Champions: Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez from citizens Business Arena in Oakland, Calif. The main event featured a welterweight showdown as hard hitting Andre “The Beast” Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) takes on the talented Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (33-6, 19KOs). The co-main event features another pair of welterweights between Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-1, 15 KOs) and Erick Bone (16-1, 8 KOs).

The 31 year old Berto is a former WBC and IBF welterweight champion and will look to revive his career having gone 3-3 in his last six fights as he takes on the hometown favorite. Expect him to close the gap and neutralize the longer Loepez’s reach so he can unload his signature power to end the night early.

Lopez is on a three-fight streak and will seek to secure his place in the division against Berto. Having stepped inside the ring with some of boxings biggest stars, Lopez has the experience to best the more accomplished Berto, but would do well to proceed with caution and utilize his reach while picking his shots and staying at a safe distance.

Complete results and full recaps from the epic night of fighting can be found below.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Berto proved fighting in front of a hometown crowd does not always have its advantages. Lopez’s body shots seemed to do little to take away the power of Berto, and despite coming up short on the score cards at the midway point, two knock-downs early in the sixth-round was enough for referee Raul Caiz Jr. to wave it off. Berto used his jab to close improve his position as the fight progressed, setting up the power shots. The finish was not without controversy, as Lopez was not awarded a full count to recover after the second knockdown. Berto improves to 30-3 sending Lopez home with another loss on his now 33-7 record.

The controversy didn’t only included the main events knockout, but started off Friday as Porter’s original opponent, Roberto Garcia, was a no show to weigh-ins on Friday prompting him to take on Bone with 24-hours notice. Despite coming forward and doing damage, Bone was a game opponent landing good counters throughout until he was floored decisively in the fight round. Porter showed great instinct and an ability to know when to press the action once he smelled blood in the water.

The card’s heavyweight class was a slug fest all eight rounds between Chris Arreola and Curtis Harper, however their lack of conditioning began to show halfway through the bout as both men began to brawl it out. Harper was knocked down in the first and seemed to be fighting to recover for the rest of the match. Arreola was unable to fully capitalize on this despite landing good shots in the third as he appeared to hurt his hand in that same round, and going into the final round the fight still seemed up for grabs. Arreola was able to stifle Harper with uppercuts in the eight to secure the unanimous decision.

FULL RESULTS

Main Card

Andre Berto defeats Josesito Lopez via TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 1:30 of Round 6.

Shawn Porter defeats Erick Bone via Knockout at 2:30 of Round 5.

Chris Arreola defeats Curtis Harper via Unanimous Decision (76-75, 78-73, 77-74); 8 Rounds.

Undercard Card

Lanell Bellows defeats Juan Carlos Rojas via Unanimous Decision (60-53, 60-53, 60-53); 6 Rounds.

Oscar Molina defeats Jose Leal via Knockout at 2:15 of Round 5.

Hanzel Martinez defeates German Meraz via Unanimous Decision (78-74, 79-73, 79-73); 8 Rounds.