Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Lem's latest: Bradley aims to retire Marquez
WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley is looking to beat Juan Manuel Marquez into retirement, while the 40-year-old Marquez is trying to become Mexico's first five-division beltwinner.
HBO has provided its second round of training blogs, taken from interviews with WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley and four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez in advance of their Oct. 12 fight on HBO Pay Per View.
In his last fight, Bradley (30-0, 12 knockouts) rose from a 12th-round knockdown to secure a unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov in defense of the title he won by split-decision over Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs), who turned 40 in August, last scored a sixth-round knockout of Pacquiao.
BRADLEY SEEKS TO 'RETIRE THE GREAT JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ'
In the blog, Bradley answers the question: Fighting with a concussion, you displayed tremendous courage and conviction against Provodnikov. Do you feel this determination and will is your strongest quality as a fighter, or is there another specific quality you possess that Marquez will not be able to match?
Bradley: I definitely agree that my will and determination is something which differentiates me from other fighters. I may not be the most skilled or most loved fighter, but I am a warrior and that cannot be taken from me.
MARQUEZ LOOKS TO BECOME MEXICO'S FIRST FIVE-DIVISION TITLEWINNER
In the second blog, provided by HBO on Sept. 23, Marquez answers the question: As one of the best conditioned 40-year-olds in boxing, how have you managed to stay in such tremendous shape, what type of training do you do before a fight, and, yet, more importantly, what type of training do you do when you aren’t preparing for a fight?
Since I became a professional boxer, I have understood the importance of staying in good shape between fights, and I have always tried to adapt to any new trends as far as physical conditioning goes for professional athletes. Boxing is a very difficult sport, and there are a lot of sacrifices that need to be made during training camp, but also in between fights.
TOP RANK SIGNS WBA FEATERWEIGHT TITLEHOLDER NICHOLAS WALTERS
WBA 126-pound beltholder Nicholas Walters, of Jamaica, has signed with Top Rank, and will debut with the company with his first defense against an opponent to be determined on the undercard of a Nov. 9 tripleheader from The American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Walters will be part of the international and not the Amercan telecast of the HBO-televised card, which will include RING featherweight champion Mikey Garcia challenging WBO junior lightweight beltholder Roman "Rocky" Martinez, as well as the 126-pound debut for Nonito Donaire in a rematch with Vic Darchinyan. The card will also feature junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade in a clash for the WBO's vacant belt.
"We are delighted Nicholas Walters, a WBA featherweight champion, has become a Top Rank fighter," said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
"We really envision greatness for Walters and his future. His first fight will be a world title defense in Corpus Christi on Nov. 9. Our boxing card there now will include four major fights, including three world championships, and unquestionably, this will be the greatest fight card ever in Corpus Christi."
Walters (22-0, 18 KOs) won the vacant belt with his second consecutive knockout, scoring three knockdowns during a seventh-round stoppage of Daulis Prescott in December.
"It's a dream and a privilege come true for me to be with Top Rank, the top promotional company in the world," said Walters, who is nicknamed "The Axeman."
"As they have made many great fighters with the likes of [Muhammad] Ali, [Sugar Ray] Leonard, and [Oscar] De La Hoya just to name a few, I hope that they will help me reach my different goals in the future."
Arum also said that IBF featherweight titleholder Evgeny Gradovich will face former titleholder Billy Dib, who is promoted by 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson), in a rematch on the undercard of the 147-pound bout between Pacquiao and Brandon Rios on Nov. 24 in Macau, China (Nov. 23 in the western hemisphere).
Dib rebounded from being dethroned by Gradovich via split decsion in March with a majority decision over Mike Oliver in July. Gradovich, meanwhile, made his first defense with a unanimous decision over Mauricio Javier Munoz also in July.
In addition, Arum confirmed reports that 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will return to the ring on Dec. 7 or Dec. 14.
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
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