Mauricio Herrera isn’t happy with his controversial decision loss to Jose Benavides Jr., but the junior welterweight spoiler is undaunted going into the new year. Herrera tells RingTV.com: “I want the biggest, baddest dudes out there. I want the biggest names… you throw me in with the best fighter out there it brings out the best in me.”
How good is Artur Beterbiev, the latest Russian amateur star to invade the pro ranks? The undefeated light heavyweight boxer-puncher blasted former titleholder Tavoris Cloud in his sixth pro bout. Beterbiev faces Jeff Page Jr. on the Adonis Stevenson-Dmitry Sukhotsky undercard on Showtime on Friday.
Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver will continue his move into the heavyweight ranks against Klitschko-trainer Johnathon Banks on Saturday.
Heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko says he’s excited to defend his many titles against THE RING’s No. 1 contender Kubrat Pulev on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, where he turned pro 18 years ago. Klitschko recognizes Pulev’s talent but wonders if the unbeaten Bulgarian will back up his words in the ring.