Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Lem's latest: Rios to be 'fast, strong' for 'scary' Pacquiao
According to trainer Robert Garcia, first-time welterweight Brandon Rios is looking good ahead of his Nov. 23 bout with Manny Pacquiao, exhibiting knockout power and better speed in his sparring sessions.
LAS VEGAS -- Trainer Robert Garcia said that first-time welterweight Brandon Rios is preparing for the "scary" Manny Pacquiao who won eight titles over as many divisions to show up when the two clash on Nov. 23 in Macau.
Garcia was last in the corner opposite Pacquiao in 2010, when the Filipino superstar earned the WBC's junior middleweight belt with a bloody and dominant unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito.
"There's a lot of things that we've seen in Pacquiao's past three or four fights," said Garcia, speaking to RingTV.com in Las Vegas, where he watched last Saturday's split-decision by Bradley over Marquez. "I don't see the same Pacquiao of five years ago. I know that a lot of people will agree with me, but we still need to prepare for that scary Pacquiao.
Rios, meanwhile was last in the ring as a 140-pounder in March, when Mike Alvarado won a unanimous decision to avenge a seventh-round stoppage loss from last year.
"We don't like to publicize what's going on in training, but I'm so impressed," said Garcia. "Brandon's been knocking our sparring partners out. He's doing a good job, looking so strong and so fast, and we've still got six weeks before the fight. Brandon's going to fight at welterweight, so he doesn't have to kill himself to make weight. He's strong and he's walking around 10, 12 pounds over the weight.
JOAN GUZMAN FIGHTS SIMEON HARDY AS PART OF MIKE TYSON'S NOV. 15 CARD
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's Iron Mike Promotions will have two-division titlewinner Joan Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs) competing as a welterweight in the WBC's World Cup of Boxing against Simeon Hardy (10-0, 7 KOs) in Hollywood, Fla., on Nov. 15.
The World Cup is an elimination-style tournament across four weight divisions, with 24 fight nights to be broadcast on Fox Sports from venues in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as other international locations.
In other bouts on the Nov. 15 card, featherweights Claudio Marrero and Romulo Koasicha will meet, as will junior featherweight Alexei Collado against an opponent to be determined.
LATEEF KAYODE SIGNS WITH GREG COHEN PROMOTIONS
Nigerian slugger Lateef Kayode, who was last in the ring for a cruserweight draw-turned-no-contest against Antonio Tarver in June 2012, has signed with Greg Cohen Promotions and will next fight as a heavyweight, Cohen announced on Tuesday.
A 30-year-old with a mark of 18-0 that includes 14 knockouts, Kayode's bout with Tarver was negated after his rival tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid drostanolone. Kayode is trained by Freddie Roach.
"Now he no longer has to struggle to make weight and will be coming in as a heavyweight at full power," said Cohen. "We're looking forward to putting him into the important fights that will quickly establish him as one of the world's best big men."
Meanwhile, Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) will return from a year-long suspension against West Virginia's Mike Sheppard on Nov. 26 -- five days after Tarver's 45th birthday. The fight will be shown as part of Golden Boy Live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
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