Jose Pedraza, rated No. 7 by THE RING at junior lightweight, will defend his title against England’s Stephen Smith on March 26 in New York.
Felix Verdejo has a long way to go to realize his potential but he has the look of a superstar.
Marcos Maidana says Adrien Broner “has not been tested by a natural welterweight like me. That’s why this is the hardest fight of his life.” Maidana challenges Broner for the WBA 147-pound title on Dec. 14.
Former titleholder Antonio Tarver will return from what will have been a 17-month ring absence against Mike Sheppard on Nov. 26.
Ruslan Provodnikov said of his upcoming fight with Mike Alvarado, “It’s not going to be about technique. Simply war. It’s just going to be a street fight. I promise you that.”
Of the thought of victory over Danny Garcia on Sept. 14, Lucas Matthysse said, “I would be on top of the world.”
Jesus Soto Karass on his fight with Andre Berto: “The bottom line is that I want to win. Yes, I’m going to give a great performance, like I always do. I’m ready to die in the ring like every Mexican.”
Unbeaten lightweight standout Mickey Bey will face former title challenger John Molina on Friday in Las Vegas. It will be Bey’s first bout since testing positive for high levels of testosterone in his last fight. Molina is coming off a decision loss.
Denver-based junior welterweight Mike Alvarado, who gained revenge over Brandon Rios with a unanimous decision victory in March, could return in October for a hometown fight on HBO.
Manny Pacquiao is being sought by an advocate to help lead the battle against the prostitution of children in the Philippines. “You can count on me to help,” congressman Pacquiao told a group of abused girls in his native country.
Floyd Mayweather’s unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero will be re-aired on Saturday night on Showtime. The Abner Mares’ WBC featherweight title-winning TKO of Daniel Ponce de Leon will also re-air on the cable network.