Newly crowned IBF junior middleweight titleholder Carlos Molina on a potential fight with former champ Canelo Alvarez: “I’m not happy with just having the title, I want to defend it successfully, and get all of the title belts. Fighting somebody like Canelo would help me to do that.”
Brandon Rios on Manny Pacquiao: “He’s in there with a live dog, he’s not in there with a little puppy… I’m going to be a motherf___ing pit bull mixed with a Great Dane, mixed with a Rottweiler, mixed with a Bull Terrier…”
Adrien Broner on what to expect from his upcoming bout with Marcos Maidana: “You’re going to see an electrifying victory from Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner. You will see why I’m the lottery pick to take over this sport.”
The late Emanuel “Manny” Steward trained Thomas Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Mike McCallum among his seemingly endless list of current and former world champions.
Promoter Artie Pelullo calls newl WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov “the most exciting fighter in the business.” He wants the Russian bomber to face Tim Bradley in a rematch or the winner of Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios.
Referee Tony Weeks on Ruslan Provodnikov’s 10th-round TKO of Mike Alvarado: “I went over to his corner and I asked Mike directly, twice, ‘Are you okay?’ and, ‘Do you want to continue fighting?’ and both times, he said, ‘No,’ so I stopped the fight.”
RingTV.com has live round-by-round updates of Ruslan Provodnikov’s 10th-round knockout of Mike Alvarado for Alvarado’s WBO junior welterweight belt. The HBO World Championship Boxing broadcast began at 9:45 p.m. ET.
Ruslan Provodnikov’s mother traveled from Russia for what is both her first trip to the U.S. and the first time she will be ringside to watch her son as he battles Mike Alvarado on Saturday.
Trainer Abel Sanchez said Gennady Golovkin “is the best middleweight ever besides Sugar Ray Robinson and maybe Bernard Hopkins.”
According to trainer Robert Garcia, first-time welterweight Brandon Rios is looking good ahead of his Nov. 23 bout with Manny Pacquiao, exhibiting knockout power and better speed in his sparring sessions.
WBO junior welerweight titleholder Mike Alvarado and challenger Ruslan Provodnikov are set to wage a fight-of-the-year-caliber battle on HBO on Saturday night. Or are they? Alvarado believes he can box Provodnikov if need be?