Welterweight contender Robert Guerrero has sparred with Hylon Williams and Lonnie Smith during what has been a “near perfect training camp” in preparation for his Showtime Pay Per View-televised May 4 clash with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., according to his co-manager and trainer, Bob Santos.
“I would never be so presumptuous as to act like I know what God thinks, but with all of the improbable things to happen for us to get here, I’ve got to believe that God has his hands in this,” said Santos of Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 knockouts), who said fans who treat Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) like a God will see the WBC 147-pound titleholder humbled during their fight.
“I could be wrong, but we’ve never had a camp like this, and I’ve never been this confident for a fight, and I can’t tell you why I’m so at ease. Because I have to tell you that I was more nervous world title fights or Denmark fights than I am for this fight, but we have never had a camp like this, and I just feel it, man. Floyd’s going down on May 4. Robert has never looked this good.”
Williams has fought as a lightweight and has a mark of 16-1 that includes three knockouts, and Smith is 14-4-3, with 10 stoppage victories as a 135-pounder.
A former two-time featherweight titleholder who also held a major belt at 130 pounds and two interim crowns at lightweight, Guerrero is after his 16th straight win and his 10th knockout victory during that run.
Guerrero last suffered defeat by a split-decision to Gamaliel Diaz in December 2005, but won their rematch with a sixth-round knockout in June 2006.
DAVID HAYE SIGNS WITH MATCHROOM SPORT, WILL FACE MANUEL CHARR
Former heavyweight titleholder David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) has signed with Matchroom Sport and will face Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KOs) on June 29 at MEN Arena in Manchester, England, the promotional company has announced.
“I’m delighted to have agreed a four-fight promotional deal with David Haye and Hayemaker,” said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
“In my opinion David is the most exciting heavyweight on the planet and I’m over the moon to help bring his comeback fight against Charr to Sky Sports on June 29.”
Haye is coming off July’s fourth-round stoppage of Derek Chisora that helped him to rebound from being dethroned as WBA titleholder by RING champion and IBF, WBA and WBO beltholder Wladimir Klitschko via unanimous decision in July of 2011.
Charr has won two straight since falling by fourth-round stoppage againss WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko in September.
GOLDEN BOY RAISES MONEY FOR BOSTON BOMBING RELIEF
As a result of the combined, total punches thrown during Saturday night’s seventh-round technical knockout by WBO middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin over Fernando Guerrero, and the unanimous decision victory by RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia against Zab Judah at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Showtime, Golden Boy raised $1,726 toward The One Fund Boston, which raises money for families affected by the tragic events that took place during the Boston Marathon on April 15.
The One Fund Boston will receive a dollar one dollar for each of the 1,726 punches thrown by all four fighters. Quillin and Guerrero threw a total of 607 punches, and Garcia and Judah, 1,119.
In an effort to raise awareness of The One Fund Boston, one of the neutral corner pads used during Saturday night’s event bore the organization’s url (onefundboston.org) along with a Boston Strong logo. Donations can be made by visiting www.onefundboston.org.
In November, proceeds from an HBO-televised Golden Boy Promotions boxing card at Boardwalk Hall, aligned with financial support from Golden Boy Pesident Oscar De La Hoya and Caesars Atlantic City brought monetary relief in the amount of $44,292 to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, whose facilities sustained considerable damage during Hurricane Sandy.
For the November card, Golden Boy Promotions donated $2 for every ticket sold and $1,000 per knockout registered during the seven-fight event. In addition, De La Hoya and Caesars Atlantic City matched, adding another $2,000 per knockout to the much-needed donation for the several ravaged boys and girls clubs which were forced to close, directly impacting under-served youth and their family members in the area.
The highlight of the November card was former WBO junior lightweight titletholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner scoring an eighth-round knockout to dethrone Antonio DeMarco as WBC lightweight titleholder.
WILL GARCIA FACE THE LAMONT PETERSON-LUCAS MATTHYSSE WINNER?
In victory, Garcia (26-0, 16 knockouts) scored his sixth straight victory over a past or current titleholder in Judah (42-8, 29 KOs), who is ten years older than the 25-year-old Garcia.
De La Hoya acknowledged that a potential fight for Garcia could be the winner of the May 18, Showtime-televised clash between IBF junior welterweight beltholder Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) and RING No. 1-rated 140-pounder Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“That’s something that we’ve discussed among the circle there at Golden Boy and with [Garica's advisor] Al Haymon, and everybody. Danny’s going to fight the very best, no matter what. No matter what. You throw him in there with King Kong, then he’ll fight King Kong. That’s who Danny is,” said De La Hoya.
“So is he going to fight Matthysse? Is he going to fight the very best at 140 or 147? Hey, that’s what we’re going to discuss with everybody. Will it happen? Eventually, because he wants to fight the best. That’s who Danny is. Right now, he had a great fight with Zab Judah, and we’re going to relax, and we don’t know what’s going to happen next. But it [Peterson-Matthysse] was discussed as an option.”
Garcia appears to be open to the possibility of facing the Peterson-Matthysse winner.
“You know me, I’ll fight anybody. If that’s what [advisor] Al Haymon wants, then that’s what I’ll do,” said Garcia, who said during his post-fight interview that “I think Peterson will win” against Matthysse.
Peterson is coming off February’s eighth-round stoppage of ex-titleholder Kendall Holt at The D.C. Armory in his native Washington, D.C., and is 4-0-1, with three knockouts since falling to current WBO welterweight beltholder Tim Bradley by unanimous decision in December of 2009.
Peterson earned his belt via a disputed split-decision victory which dethroned two-division titlewinner Amir Khan as IBF and WBA titleholder in December of 2011. Khan was subsequently knocked out by Garcia in the fourth round in July of 2012.
Matthysse has had five straight stoppage wins since sandwiching disputed decision losses to left-handers Judah and current IBF 147-pound titleholder Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) in June of 2010 and June of 2011, respectively, around an eighth-round stoppage of southpaw DeMarcus Corley in January of 2011. Matthysse is coming off January’s first-round knockoutt of Mike Dallas Jr.
DEONTAY WILDER WANTS TYSON FURY OR DAVID PRICE NEXT
On April 20, 6-foot-9 Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) had to rise from a second-round knockdown to prevent an upset and ultimately score a seventh-round stoppage of former IBF cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham, a 36-year-old who was in only his third heavyweight bout.
This past Saturday, at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, American heavyweight prospect Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs) took just 70 seconds to blow out en he meets Audley Harrison (31-7, 23 KOs), a 41-year-old 2000 Olympic gold medalist who was trying to resurrect his fading career.
“It was a great night. I’m happy with how I finished him off, even though I was wild i the attack,” said Wilder, who served as Harison’s sparring partner prior to Harrison’s first-round knockout loss to Price in October.
“In the end, that was the only the excitement, adrenalin rush and the smell of a wounded animal that led to my attacking. I mean, it just exploded out of me.”
Wilder told RingTV.com he would next like to face either Fury or Price, the latter of whom has a scheduled rematch with Thompson on July 6.
“The people of England want Fury, so I want that too. Or I want Price,” said Wilder. “We already said in the [post-fight] press conference that we’ll take those fights, but I don’t think they will, though.”
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