Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Lem's latest: Pacquiao-Marquez IV has already sold 13,000 tickets
Tickets are going fast for the fourth bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez that is scheduled for Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Since they went on sale on Friday at 10 a.m., more than 13,000 tickets have been purchased to the fourth fight between four-division title-winner Juan Manuel Marquez and eight-dvision belt-winner Manny Pacquiao, which takes place on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on HBO Pay Per View.
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) has chosen to face Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) over a rematch with Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), whose controversial split-decision in June dethroned Pacquiao as the WBO's 147-pound titleholder.
In November, Pacquiao won an unpopular and highly-disputed majority decision over Marquez, who has also battled Pacquiao through a draw and a split-decision loss previously. Bradley ended a 15-bout winning streak for Pacquaio that included eight knockouts.
MIKE ALVARADO TRAINS FOR KNOCKOUT OF BRANDON RIOS
Denver-based 140-pounder "Mile High" Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23 knockouts) has said that he believes himself to be the bigger, stronger fighter, and that he will be the first man to score a knockout against former WBA lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) in Rios' HBO-televised junior welterweight debut at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Oct. 13.
Alvarado is training at The Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, Calif., for Rios, whom he will face on the undercard of a main event matching Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) against Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs), THE RING's No. 3 and No. 1 junior featherweights, respectively, in what will be for Donaire's IBF and WBO 122-pound championship belts.
Alvarado and Rios are known for their fierce, blood-and-guts approach to boxing, with Rios having won his past two bouts by 11th-round knockout of British contender Johnny Murray in December and controversial split-decision over Richard Abril in April. Rios failed to make the 135-pound limit against both Murray and Abril.
On the Rios-Abril undercard, Alvarado overcame rugged Mauricio Herrera for a 10-round unanimous decision after having survived for a come-from-behind, 10th-round stoppage of Breidis Prescott on the November undercard the third fight between Pacquiao and Marquez.
Rios had won 11 consecutive bouts, 10 of them by stoppage, heading into his fight with Murray, which happened on the undercard of Miguel Cotto's 10th-round knockout of Antonio Margarito in an HBO televised rematch at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Murray had suffered his previous loss in July of last year, an eighth-round knockout loss to Kevin Mitchell during which he was floored in the final round. Murray had won six of his previous seven victories by knockout before falling to Mitchell.
Prior to facing Murray, Rios had scored a third-round knockout of Urbano Antillon, the first defense of his belt, in July of last year. Before that, Rios came up with a 10th-round stoppage to take the be title from Miguel Acosta in February of last year.
Rios dropped Acosta during the sixth, eighth and last rounds on the way to ending a 19-fight winning streak that had included 12 stoppages.
The lone blemish on the record of Rios is a 10-round draw against Manuel Perez in October of 2008. After that, Rios reeled off six consecutive knockouts before a seventh-round disqualification victory over previously unbeaten Anthony Peterson in a WBA eliminator bout in September of 2010.
PROMOTER BOBBY HITZ TO APPEAR IN 'MOB DOCTOR'
Chicago-based boxing promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing will appear on Monday night's episode of the new Fox TV series, "Mob Doctor," as Joey, a bodyguard to mob boss Constantine Alexander, played by William Forsythe.
RUSLAN PROVODNIKOVS PUSHING FOR TIM BRADLEY
At one point, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum had mentioned Russian Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KOs) as a potential rival for Bradley, who is being targeted an HBO-televised return date to the ring of Dec. 15.
A 140-pounder who is coming off a second-round stoppage of Jose Reynoso in June, Provodinkov has won five straight, four by knockout during that run, and he has had two, consecutive stoppage wins.
"I am ready for this type of fight. I would be grateful for the opportunity, and I have trained my whole life for this," ," said Provodnikov, a native of Beryozovo, Russia.
"Bradley is a great fighter, but not only do I know I can win, but I will bring the best out of him and our fight will be one to remember."
Provodnikov's promoter agrees.
SARTONK LAUNCHES INAUGURAL ALI-KING AWARD FOR BOXING WRITING
Sartonk, a designer of boxing belts, has launched a contest for the inaugural Muhammad Ali-Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Writing in Boxing geared toward boxers and boxing enthusiasts between the ages of 17 and 22 who live in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
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