Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Lem's latest: Steward remembered on Lampley's 'Fight Game'
The late Emanuel "Manny" Steward trained Thomas Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Mike McCallum among his seemingly endless list of current and former world champions.
Four-time Sports Emmy Award winning broadcaster Jim Lampley returns Friday on HBO with his latest 30-minute edition of The Fight Game, which will include a remembrance of Hall of Fame trainer and former HBO boxing analyst Emanuel "Manny" Steward, who died on Oct. 25 of 2012 at the age of 68.
Steward groomed young fighters, including Thomas Hearns, at Detroit's famous Kronk Gym. Steward also developed Detroit natives Hilmer Kenty (his first fighter to win a world title), Jimmy Paul, Milton McCrory, Duane Thomas and Leeonzer Barber into major beltholders during the 1980s.
Steward trained McCall, regarded as little more than a journeyman at the time, to upset then-WBC beltholder Lewis in 1994. Steward then took over training duties with Lewis, who he helped remake into the undisputed champ during the second half of the 1990s.
FIGHT GAME TO ALSO INCLUDE REVIEW OF RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV-MIKE ALVARADO
According to Nielsen Media Research, Provodnikov's victory over Alvarado, whom he dropped twice in the eighth round, drew 1.2 million viewers, matching Alvarado's unanimous-decision victory over Brandon Rios in March that won the rematch of a seventh-round TKO loss from October of last year.
PROVODNIKOV-ALVARADO: EXPERT GETS IT RIGHT
In Alvarado's previous fight, only Rich Marotta, of KFI Radio in Los Angeles, correctly selected him to win his rematch with Rios. Marotta was the lone person to select Alvarado out of 22 who were polled.
Later, with 10 of 17 boxing insiders believing that light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev would successfully dethrone Nathan Cleverly as WBO titleholder, panelist Keith Idec went with the eventual winner by fifth-round stoppage, but only Jack Obermayer was dead on with his prediction of a fourth-round KO for Kovalev.
Freeman is the latest to appear prophetic; his assessment is below as it appeared before the fight:
Ruslan Provodnikov TKO 10 Mike Alvarado: Returning home to Colorado after two fan-friendly firefights with Brandon Rios, there's no rest for the weary, or for Mike Alvarado. "Mile High" Mike is matched tough against Ruslan Provodnikov, a Russian mauler coming off a brutal confrontation of his own against Tim "Desert Storm" Bradley.
DRUG TESTING TO BE DISCUSSED ON THE FIGHT GAME
Also part of The Fight Game, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, will be Margaret Goodman, founder of The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Lampley and Goodman plan to discuss the enhanced drug-testing program used for the Oct. 12 fight during which WBO welterweight beltholder Tim Bradley earned a split-decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in defense of the belt he won by split-decision over Manny Pacquiao in June of 2012.
Most recently, Goodman revealed said that Pacquiao and Brandon Rios have been randomly tested by VADA as contractually agreed upon in advance of their 147-pound clash in Macau on Nov. 23 (Nov. 24 in China).
Pacquiao-Rios promoter Top Rank is using VADA for the third time, having employed the organization in March for Bradley's unanimous-decision victory over Provodnikov, as well as April's unanimous decision by RING, WBA and WBO titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux over Nonito Donaire.
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE GEARS UP FOR CLASH OF UNBEATENS VS. VANES MARTIROSYAN
A gifted southpaw who is nicknamed, "Boo Boo," Andrade, 25, was last in the ring for a unanimous decision over Freddy Hernandez in January, after a streak of four consecutive stoppage victories. In 2007, Andrade captured a gold medal as an amateur at the AIBA World Championships in Chicago.
Martirosyan, 27, is coming off a second-round knockout of Ryan Davis in June that followed a draw with Erislandy Lara in November of last year.
Andrade-Martirosyan will be part of an HBO tripleheader airing live from Corpus Christi, Texas, headlined by WBO junior lightweight Roman "Rocky" Martinez's title defense against RING featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, in addition to a rematch between Donaire and Vic Darchinyan at featherweight.
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