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Shawn Porter defending title against Kell Brook

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Showtime will televise a world-title tripleheader on August 16 from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

The main event pits IBF welterweight titlist Shawn “Showtime” Porter defending his belt against British native Kell Brook, and both 147 pound fighters are undefeated in the ring.

“I think I have the edge on Brook with everything.  I’m faster than he is, stronger than he is, quicker than he is, more athletic, and if you put all that in one fight, I’m going to be the winner,” said Porter, who turned professional in 2008.

Brook was last in the ring March 15 against Alvaro Robles, where he notched an eight-round stoppage win heading into his title challenge against Porter.

“I’m confident I’m going to win. I’m planning on bringing Porter’s belt to the United Kingdom with me,” said Brook.

“I am fitter than ever and ready to go. I have been in training for a long time, so August 16 it’s the perfect date for me.”

The co-main event showcases Omar Figueroa defending his WBC lightweight belt against Daniel Estrada in what will be the Welasco, Texas native’s second defense.

The third scheduled title match features WBC super-middleweight titlist Sakio Bika in a return bout against Andre Dirrell.

Their first encounter was a debated split-draw by the scores of 114-112, 110-116 and 113-113, and both fighters felt strongly about the outcome of their first bout.

“I feel I was fighting the referee as well,” Bika said on speaking of the low blow point taken away from him in the 11th round.

“The body shot was a legitimate shot. Not below the belt line. I got him on the belt line, Dirrell just wanted to milk it. I was the busier fighter and now I just want to fight the best ahead of me.”

“This fight has been on my mind since I heard the decision from our first fight,” said Dirrell.

“I’m just real excited to get it. I know I can beat Bika, I know I have what it takes and that’s what it is. It just takes hard work and dedication to stay focused on the game plan.

“From the championship fight between Shawn Porter and Kell Brook, to Omar Figueroa’s defense of his lightweight title against Daniel Estrada, to the rematch that fans demanded between Sakio Anthony Dirrell, Golden Boy Promotions continues to deliver on the promise of a simple premise – bringing the best fights to fans of boxing,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions.

“The StubHub Center’s reputation as the home to some of the best fights in boxing is only growing, and we’re proud to put on three more great fights that will only help cement that reputation.”

Tickets are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25.

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