It all goes down tonight (Sat., Aug. 26, 2017) live on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor tries to become the first fighter to defeat all-time boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Before McGregor and Mayweather touch gloves sometime around 11:30 p.m. ET, three mains card bouts are scheduled to unfold live on PPV starting at 9 p.m. ET. The action not only includes a 130-pound clash between IBF junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) and 23-year-old Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs), but also a 175-pound battle pitting current WBA (regular) light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) against Mayweather Promotions own Badou Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs).
Find out what happened right here as the ‘Mayweather vs. McGregor’ PPV undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Gervonta Davis vs. Francisco Fonseca (junior lightweight – 130 lbs.)
Nathan Cleverly vs. Badou Jack (light heavyweight – 175 lbs.)
Andrew Tabiti vs. Steve Cunningham (cruiserweight – 200 lbs.)
The opening bout of the PPV main card featured a clash between NABF cruiserweight champion Tabiti (15-0, 12 KOs) and 41-year-old veteran Cunningham (29-9-1, 13 KOs). Cunningham was the more aggressive fighter in the early going, landing a huge counter right hand early into the second round. Tabiti remained mobile and landed some solid shots to the body, but he was consistently on the defense.
Tabiti came out charging in Round 4, landing a fierce combination and then a short uppercut that got Cunningham’s attention. The older veteran became a little sloppy on the inside as Tabiti did his best to either grab a hold or land and escape. When spaced opened up, Tabiti blasted Cunningham with powerful combinations upstairs and to the body. Cunningham used his bigger body to land some solid pieces along the way, but Tabiti started to outclass him. He hurt the older cruiserweight hard to the body on multiple occasions, as Cunningham struggled to win back momentum on the scorecards.
In the end, it was a dominant performance by Tabiti. The youngster peppered Cunningham practically at will and looked good on the defensive side as well. For his efforts, Tabiti walks away with the unanimous decision win.
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