Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Ward, THE RING’s Nos. 1- and 2-rated boxers, pound-for-pound, also share back-to-back birthdays. Mayweather turned 37 today, a day after Ward celebrated his 30th birthday.
Promoter Yvon Michel said he’s happy that his star fighter RING/WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson has signed with manager/advisor Al Haymon, during an interview with RingTV.com on Wednesday.
The Boxing Writers Assoc. of America voted Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the Fighter of the Year for 2013. The organization also honored Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov (Fight of the Year), Freddie Roach (Trainer of The Year), and Al Haymon (Manager of the Year).
Floyd Mayweather has acknowledged the potential for bouts with either Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana, while dismissing the notion of a fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Marcos Maidana’s manager, Sebasian Contursi, believes his fighter would make for a more exciting bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. than would Amir Khan.
WBA light heavyweight titleholder Beibut Shumenov scored knockdowns in the first, second and third rounds of Saturday’s third-round knockout victory over Tamas Kovacs
Both Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman weighed in well under the welterweight division limit for thier fights against Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karass. Broner weighed 144.4 pounds; Thurman weighed 145.8. Maidana and Soto Karass both weighed 146.2.
Most of the fighters involved in the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana, Leo Santa Cruz-Cesar Seda, Keith Thurman-Jesus Soto Karass and Beibut Shumenov-Tamas Kovacs matchups promised fireworks on Saturday at The Alamodome in San Antonio.
Former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor on those who criticize his comeback, which continues on Saturday: “They told me that I was never going to be a world champion and I did that. Now, they’re looking at me and they’re saying that same thing, that I can’t come back and win a world title.”
Adrien Broner plans to “light up” Marcos Maidana “like a Christmas tree” on Dec. 14. Broner, the WBA welterweight beltholder, defends his title against the hard-punching Maidana in the headliner of a Showtime card in San Antonio.
Deontay Wilder is 29-0 with as many knockouts heading into Saturday’s bout with Nicolai Firtha in Atlantic City, N.J.
Paul Malignaggi spoke to the NYC sports press about his Dec. 7 showdown with Zab Judah at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, contemplating retirement, plans to sign with Al Haymon, boxing politics and media, and more after the recent press conference for the Judah fight.