Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Lem's latest: Alvarez has solid sparring for Trout
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has been sparring with a strong lineup of fighters, including unbeaten junior middledweight Hugo Centeno, in preparation for his April 20 clash with Austin Trout.
WBC junior middleweight titleholder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has worked with middleweights Lester Gonzalez and Alex Theran, as well as unbeaten junior middleweight Hugo Centeno in advance of his April 20 clash with Austin Trout at The Alamodome in San Antonio, which will be broadcast on Showtime.
Theran and Gonzalez are, like Trout, natural left-handers, while Centeno, the main workout partner for Alvarez as recently as Wednesday, is an orthodox fighter who has been facing Alvarez out of the southpaw stance, according to Golden Boy translator Ramiro Gonzalez.
With a mark of 18-0 that includes nine knockouts, the 22-year-old Centeno, of Oxnard, Calif., is coming off last month's unanimous decision victory over KeAndrae Leatherwood.
Theran, a Colombian who is also 22, is 11-0 with eight knockouts, including stoppages in his past four fights. His most recent was a fourth-round knockout of Michael Balasi last month.
Alvarez has been training for eight weeks of an expected 10. He started out in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the Julian Magdaleno Gym, but is currently in the Wild Card West facilty in Santa Monica, Calif.
On Wednesday, Alvarez "did his strong session of sparring with three great southpaws," said Ramiro Gonzalez.
Gonzalez also said that he expects several of Alvarez's family members to be ringside for the fight against Trout, including his father, Santos Álvarez, mother, Ana María Barragán, and two brothers, Ricardo and Victor Álvarez.
Leatherwood (12-2-1, 8 KOs) has been added to the undercard of the Alvarez-Trout card and will face Philadelphia's Julian Williams (11-0-1, 6 KOs) in an attempt to rebound from the loss to Centeno.
THOMAS DULORME RETURNS ON SATURDAY
Puerto Rican welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme (17-1, 13 KOs) will pursue his second straight stoppage victory against Ghana's Ben Ankrah (17-12, 8 KOs) on Saturday night in Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a clash that will be televised on DirectTV's "Night of Champions DIRECTV."
STEVE CUNNINGHAM 'EXCITED' TO FACE TYSON FURY
Former IBF cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, held an open workout on Thursday at the Rock Ministries Gym in Philadelphia in advance of his April 20 clash with 6-foot-9 heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs), of Manchester, England, at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Standing just 6-3, Cunningham, 36, will have a massive task in Fury, 24, who will make his American debut as part of his quest to stake his claim as the heir apparent to RING, IBF, WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and his older brother, WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko.
"We're getting ready for the best Tyson Fury that the world has ever seen. He can say what he wants to say. It's only going to make him look bad when he gets beaten by a supposed light heavyweight," said Cunningham.
Featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (12-0, 11 KOs), of Palmdale, Calif., scored his 10th straight knockout in the fifth round on Thursday night against Victor Sanchez (4-6-1, 1 KO), at the Bayou Event Center in Houston.
TOKA KHAN-CLARY ADDED TO NONITO DONAIRE-GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX CARD
Super featherweight prospect Toka "T Nice" Kahn-Clary (4-0, 3 KOs), a 20-year-old from Providence, R.I., will pursue his second straight knockout victory against Gadiel Andaluz (4-4-1, 2 KOs) on the April 13 undercard of the main event featuring RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) and WBA counterpart Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) at New York's Radio City Music Hall, to be broadcast on HBO.
A Liberia native, Kahn-Clary moved to to Providence 14 years ago, and is coming off February's second-round technical knockout of 18-fight veteran Pablo Cupul.
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