A Saturday press conference is in the works for smack-talkers Adrien Broner and Paulie Malignaggi.
Lem's latest: Maccarinelli banned for doping, Broner talks Mayweather
Former cruiserweight titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli has been banned for six months following a positive test for an illegal substance, according to the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency.
Former WBO cruiserweight titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli of Wales has been banned for six months by United Kingdom's Anti-Doping Agency after having tested positive for the banned substance Methylhexaneamine (MHA) following his unanimous decision over Shane McPhilbin in March.
"This is a timely reminder that, no matter what your sport, under the principle of strict liability athletes must exercise extreme caution over what they put into their body," said UK Anti-Doping chief executive Andy Parkinson, alluding to the fact that the Olympics will be held in London from July 16-through-Aug. 12.
Maccarinelli apologized for the positive test and provided an explanation that was posted on BoxingScene.com.
"I purchased a product called Dexaprine that contained this banned substance from a combat magazine. The advert stated that it was an approved substance and I checked the ingredients which had no reference to any banned substance that I was aware of. In fact, it also stated that it was suitable for athletes. I have since found out that this ‘fat burner’ contained a substance and consequently I failed a dope test, albeit with a very low reading," Maccarinelli's statement read, in part.
"I wish to state that this substance was in no way used to gain any advantage in the ring or enhance my performance and whilst I appreciate that it may look that way, I would certainly never cheat or cut corners in my preparation. I have been tested over 20 times in my career and have never failed any random or post fight doping test, but on this occasion, due to my naivety, I have tested positive for a banned substance."
The 31-year-old Maccarinelli (35-5, 27 knockouts) won the WBO's belt with a ninth-round stoppage of Marcelo Fabian Dominguez in July of 2006 and defended it four times, including with three knockouts before being stopped and dethroned by David Haye in the second round in March of 2008.
The win over McPhilbin was the third straight for Maccarinelli following a seventh-round knockout loss to Alexander Frenkel in September of 2010.
ADRIEN BRONER: 'I'M GOING TO BE THE MAN WHO TAKES OVER BOXING'
In February, junior lightweight Adrien Broner (23-0, 19 KOs) thrilled the crowd at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., with his sensational fourth-round knockout over Eloy Perez in defense of his WBO belt.
A bombastic personality who also has designs on a career as an entertainer and whose rap monicker is "AJ Da Problem," Broner's ring entrance for Perez was a spectacle that fans have not seen since Roy Jones Jr.'s prime, with Broner dancing and rapping a cut of his own creation.
Broner plans to go one better in Saturday night's HBO-televised defense against Vicente Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs), which will happen at U.S. Bank Arena in Broner's hometown of Cincinnati.
"This ain't no big week, this is just another fight for me. I ain't worried about this dude," said Broner, who turns 23 on July 28. "I'm going to put on a big show. I'm going to have fun. If you're not there, you've got to be watching it on television. You don't want to miss this."
Broner makes no secret about his admiration for Floyd Mayweather Jr., an unbeaten winner of eight belts over five divisions whose style Broner is known to emulate and whose place Broner hopes to inherit when the 35-year-old fighter retires.
"I know that I'm going to be the man who takes over boxing, I just have to have faith and reach out and grab it. I don't think about it, because I already know what I'm going to do," said Broner.
"Of course you have to be able to fight, because boxing is not just about entertaining. They're going to expect to be entertained, of course, because that's what the fans are looking for. But boxing is about skills," said Broner.
"You don't just win fights. Skill is a big part of boxing. A lot of people want to see knockouts, but if the knockout don't come, you have still got to put on a skillful, concrete, compact performance. I have it all in one package."
Broner's biggest fight prior to facing Perez was in March of last year, a disputed unanimous decision over former world titleholder, Daniel Ponce de Leon before de Leon's partisan fans in at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
"That was the turning point for Adrien Broner. He had to get the butterflies out and the jitters. He fought a guy that was a top name and a former world champion, and, you know what? He won the fight. He dominated him," said Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez.
"Broner had been blowing guys out, so people weren't used to seeing him in a fight where he had some problems. Even though he won that fight convincingly, he knew, because he got criticized a lot, that he had to learn how to close the show, and he's been doing that. So that was the turning point, because after that fight, he turned it up a notch."
That Broner, did, starting with a first-round stoppage of Jason Litzau in June, followed by a third-round knockout in his last fight in November against Martin Rodriguez. The win over Rodriguez earned the WBO's vacant belt and ended the former titleholder's unbeaten streak at 13-0-1, with nine knockouts.
"As long as you continue to win the way that I do, then, eventually, the fans will switch over to your side. It's just like this: A lot of people dislike Mayweather because of the way that he carries himself," said Broner.
IBF CHAMP YOAN PABLO HERNANDEZ TO DEFEND AGAINST TROY ROSS ON SEPT. 15
A deal has been reached for THE RING's cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) to pursue his 13th straight victory in defense of his IBF belt against Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) on Sept. 15 in Bamburg, Germany, IBF President Darryl Peoples informed RingTV.com on Wednesday.
Hernandez is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Steve Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs) in February, this, after having initially dethroned Cunningham in October of last year by controversial sixth-round technical decision.
Hernandez-Cunningham I went to the scorecards as a result of a cut over the right eye of Hernandez that had resulted from two accidental, early-round head clashes with Cunningham. The IBF ordered an immediate rematch, which Hernandez won.
Since being stopped in the fifth-round by Cunningham, whom he dropped in the bout in June of 2010, Ross has won two straight fights and is coming off a unanimous decision over Lukasz Rusiewicz in February.
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