WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov and Chris Algieri, who fight on June 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, topped a very respectful kick-off press conference that included Demetrius Andrade, Sean Monaghan and Heather Hardy.
Paulie Malignaggi took reporters to task for his belief that his skills have not been validated, and characterized himself as a more talented, intelligent and resourceful fighter than IBF welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter, who he challenges on Saturday.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer wasn’t in the mood to talk about Friday’s WBO featherweight purse bid for Top Rank-promoted Vasyl Lomachenko and Golden Boy-moved Gary Russell Jr., but he did reiterate his desire not to work with Top Rank boss Bob Arum.
Bernard Hopkins raised the intensity of the promotion for his IBF/WBA 175-pound title unification bout against Beibut Shumenov by taking shots at Shumenov’s wealthy background at Thursday’s final press conference for their Saturday showdown.
Former U.S. amateur star Demetrius Andrade talks about achieving his lifelong goal of winning a major title, the first defense of his WBO 154-pound belt vs. Brian Rose on June 14, fighting the Canelo-Lara winner, the Charlo brothers and his dream of facing Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The Vernon Paris-Cleotis Pendarvis fight scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to May 23, while featherweight standouts Efrain Esquivias and Oscar Valdez have been added to fight cards in April and May. Francisco Salazar has more Southern Cali. boxing notes.
Former middleweight titleholder Hassan N’Dam was impressive in the main event of new promotional company King Sports’ celebrity studded debut boxing card on Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., scoring a shutout unanimous decision over Fulgenico Zuniga.
WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin is more than ready for Saturday night’s challenge of Lukas Konecny, visualizing him even in his late preparation for the bout,
The Dominican Republic’s 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz faces tough, once-beaten Emmanuel Lartey on Friday in Monroeville, Pa. The eight-round junior welterweight bout is part of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader.