Lem Satterfield

Lem’s latest: All-Access Mayweather vs. Guerrero episode II

On Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Showtime will premiere the second of five episodes of All-Access: Mayweather vs. Guerrero in advance of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s May 4 defense of his WBC welterweight belt against two-division titlewinner Robert Guerrero on Showtime Pay Per View .

Narrated by Grammy Award-winning Hip-Hop artist, actor and author, Common, the show is monitoring the events leading up to Mayweather (43-0, 26 knockouts) ending a nearly one-year ring absence against Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Coming off November’s unanimous decision over two-time 147-pound titleholder Andre Berto in his last fight, Guerrero, 29, has become increasingly critical of Mayweather, who was the world’s highest-paid athlete last year. 

“Every time I fight somebody, it’s been the worst beating of their life,” said Guerrero. “It’s just the way that I roll.”

Mayweather, 36, last fought on May 5 of last year, earning a unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto for the WBA’s junior middleweight belt.

“Forty-three had a game plan. We’re going to keep pressure on Mayweather,” said Mayweather. “The game plan is just to come in there and get your payday. F__kin’ dumb ass.”

CHRIS ARREOLA: BERMANE STIVERNE HAS ‘SKILLS, I HAVE BALLS’

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Saying that his Haitian-born rival Bermane Stiverne has “skills, but I have balls,” heavyweight contender Chris Arreola has drawn motivation from the chance to become the division’s first-ever Mexican-American beltholder as well as from the opportunity to punish Stiverne for a perceived racial epithet.

Click here for a video interview with Arreola.

“Bermane Stiverne. Tough man, but I’m tougher,” Arreola (35-2, 30 knockouts), of Riverside, Calif., said of Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs), of Las Vegas.

“I’m coming. I’m going to bring the pressure. I’m going to make him fight every minute and every second of that fight, and I hope that he’s ready.”

Arreola-Stiverne is a WBC elimination bout scheduled for April 27 at Citzens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The winner of Arreola-Stiverne would be in line to challenge 41-year-old WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 knockouts), who scored his 13th straight win and his 10th stoppage victory during that run against Manuel Charr (21-1, 11 KOs) in September.

EDWIN RODRIGUEZ, WIFE WELCOME THIRD CHILD, EVAN

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Super middleweight boxer-puncher Edwin Rodriguez (23-0, 15 KOs) became a father for the third time on Monday when his wife, Stephanie, gave birth to their son, Evan Kaden Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, 27, is coming off last month’s unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna as part of the four-man light heavyweight tournament in Monte Carlo.

Rodriguez will face light heavyweight Denis Grachev (13-1-1, 8 KOs) in the final of the Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four on July 13 in Monaco. The fighters have agreed to a catch weight of 171.5 pounds. Grachev defeated Zsolt Erdei by a split decision on the same card in Monte Carlo.

The winner of Rodriguez-Grachev earns the higher portion of a 60/40 share of $1 million.

Rodriguez returned to his home in Worcester, Mass., to be with Stephanie, with whom he already has 6-year-old twins, Serena and Edwin Rodriguez Jr.

 

 

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Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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