On Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) Showtime will re-air the last Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.–Robert Guerrero fight, which Mayweather won by nanimous decision (earning THE RING welterweight championship) before nearly 16,000 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Mayweather improved to 44-0 with 26 knockouts, ending a 15-bout winning streak that had included nine knockouts for Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs).
Also airing will be the 126-pound debut of Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KOs), who scored knockdowns in the second and final round of a ninth-round stoppage of Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-5, 35 KOs) for the WBC featherweight belt.
The victory earned Mares a title in a third weight class over the span of 18 months.
JOHN THOMPSON FACES GIOVANY RODRIGUEZ IN CLASH OF UNBEATENS
John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson IV (11-0, 4 KOs), of Newark, N.J., will take on Giovany Rodriguez (8-0, 5 KOs), of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, in an eight-round middleweight bout on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday at 11 p.m. ET/PT — delayed on the West Coast — from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.
In the Showtime-televised main event, Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (24-0, 16 KOs), of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, will meet southpaw Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (17-3-2, 6 KOs), of Los Angeles in a junior welterweight bout.
PETER QUILLIN PROFILED
WBO middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) has earned his past two victories over previously unbeaten Hassan N’Dam and once-beaten Fernando Guerrero by unanimous decision and seventh-round stoppage respectively. Quillin scored six knockdowns vs. N’Dam, and four knockdowns vs. Guerrero.
JOHN MOLINA RETURNS AGAINST ANDREY KLIMOV ON JUNE 7
Lightweight John Molina (25-2, 20 KOs), of Covina, Calif., will take on Russia’s unbeaten Andrey Klimov (15-0, 8 KOs) on June 7 at the Little Creek Casino and Resort in Kamilche, Wash., in a bout that will be televised on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” series.
“Molina-Klimov is one of those fights that I believe won’t have a loser. Look at the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado bouts as an example,” said promoter Dan Goossen.
“The fans want exciting, competitive fights, and no matter who wins in that type of fight, both fighters come out on top and get other opportunities. This will be a fight for the fans.”
In the other high-profile bout, super middleweight Farrah Ennis (20-1, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, will meet former amateur sensation, Anthony Hanshaw (23-2-2, 14 KOs), of High Point, NC.
“The talent and solid amateur background has always been there,” said Hanshaw. “Now it’s just a matter of putting it all together,” said Hanshaw.
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