Fans share their thoughts on the Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings heavyweight title bout and the future of the heavyweight division, more feedback on Ruslan Provodnikov’s bold stand against Lucas Matthysse, plus opinions on recent news and other boxing subjects and mythical matchups, in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz Jr. outpointed former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich to a unanimous decision on Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona, on a Top Rank-promoted card. Featherweight prospect Oscar Valdez stopped Jean Sotelo on the undercard.
There is a strong likelihood that unbeaten featherweight prospect Oscar Valdez could return on an UniMas-televised card on Dec. 20 in Phoenix, Arizona, according to the Mexican Olympian’s manager Frank Espinoza.
Junior welterweight prospect Jose Ramirez knocked out David Rodela in the first round at Selland Arena in Fresno, California on Saturday. In the co-featured bout, heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz stopped Kenny Lemos in the first round.
After several “false starts” in recent months, undefeated heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz will finally return to the ring on the undercard of the Jose Ramirez-David Rodela show on Oct. 25, Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler told RingTV.com.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be interviewed on Showtime during tonight’s telecast of a ShoBox: The New Generation card that he is promoting from the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center in Verona, N.Y.
Mike Tyson will be inducted into the Nevada Hall of Fame on Aug. 10, along with former titleholder Mike McCallum and the late Diego Corrales.
Flyweight combatants Zou Shiming and Jesus Ortega took to the stage in Macau along with WBO and WBA flyweight titleholder Juan Estrada, challenger Milan Melindo, IBF featherweight titleholder Evgeny Gradovich and his opponent, Mauricio Munoz, and heavyweights Andy Ruiz and Joe Hanks.
Andy Ruiz Jr., who faces fellow unbeaten heavyweight Joe Hanks on Saturday, says his opponents often underestimate his ability because of his obese appearance. “They doubt me because I’m a chubby kid,” he says, “… and when they get in the ring, they get their asses knocked out.”
A group of promising up-and-comers, including junior featherweight prospect Jesse Magdaleno and heavyweight hopeful Andy Ruiz, scored knockouts to remain unbeaten on the undercard of the Tim Bradley-Ruslan Prodnikov fight on Saturday at The Home Depot Center.
Fighters from the undercard of Saturday’s Bradley-Provodnikov matchup — including Jessie Vargas, Jesse Magdaleno, Andy Ruiz and Oscar Valdez — held a media day workout in Los Angeles on Thursday.