“I’m in China baby. I worked hard in camp, have a great team. Robert Garcia will be in my corner on the night of my fight. I’m totally prepared and I will win,” said Rios, 27, who will begin training immediately at the Venetian Macau’s gym.
“I also know China fans will be rooting for me. They told me that the last time I was here for our media tour when Pacquiao and I raced up the stairs of the Great Wall. I beat him then, and I will beat him on Nov. 23. It’s great to be back here. I am ready to retire Manny Pacquiao. Victory will be mine.”
CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE COULD FACE JOEY HERNANDEZ IN IBF ELIMINATOR BOUT
Former junior middleweight titleholder Cornelius Bundrage could face once-beaten Joey Hernandez in an IBF eliminator for the right to face titleholder Carlos Molina, a bout that is likely to happen in January or February, according to Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez.
IBF president Daryl Peoples confirmed that Golden Boy won Tuesday’s purse bid with $11,000 for the right to promote Bundrage-Hernandez. In his last bout in February, Bunderage was dethroned as IBF beltholder by Ishe Smith, who, in turn, lost to Molina by split decision in September.
PUBLICIST KELLY SWANSON FIGHTS FOR A CAUSE
Publicist Kelly Swanson is known for handling the media for fighters such as Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bernard Hopkins. But on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, under the nickname, “The Communicator,” it will be Swanson herself who will enter the boxing ring, with Hopkins working her corner.
Swanson will go three rounds, against an opponent to be determined, to raise money for Gleason’s Give A Kid A Dream Foundation, “a great program that gives at-risk youth the opportunity to attend Gleason’s boxing program, work with a professional trainer, learn fitness and nutrition and possibly become a world-class fighter one day,” said Swanson. “I have been fortunate to see the benefits of this program during my workouts at Gleason’s and I am even more motivated to raise money for the cause.
“With just days left until I enter the squared circle, I am working harder than ever to get ready for my Fighters 4 Life Showcase charity fight at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn this Saturday on Nov. 16,” said Swanson, who is attempting to raise $7,500 for the program.
“So for every interview I have helped make happen, any assistance I have been able to provide you or just in recognition of our friendship and good work together, I ask for your help. It would mean the world to me…To help me spread the word and follow the conversation use #KellysFight.”
Contributions can be made on her page at www.crowdrise.com/KellySwanson.
MATTHEW MACKLIN TO FACE LAMAR RUSS ON DEC. 7
Three-time middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) will face Lamar Russ (14-0, 7 KOs) on the undercard of a Dec. 7 main event in Atlantic City featuring RING, WBA and WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux against Joseph Agbeko.
Macklin was originally slated to face injured Willie Nelson on a card that will also boast a junior middleweight bout between left-hander James Kirkland and unbeaten Glen Tapia, Philadelphia-born super middleweight prospect Jesse Hart and Russian light heavyweight Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev in his pro debut.
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