Junior lightweight beltholder Argenis Mendez spoke to RingTV.com about his IBF title defense against Rances Barthelemy on Friday, training camp with his new trainer John David Jackson, his upbringing and amateur career in the Dominican Republic and his thoughts on the 130-pound division.
RingTV.com spoke to Sakio Bika before his WBC super middleweight title defense against Anthony Dirrell on Saturday. The rugged veteran shared his thoughts on winning a major belt, the best fighters he’s faced, his upbringing and his rough style: “I always come to fight and give the fans what they want.”
Edgar Sosa is having the best year of his 13-year pro career. The former 108-pound beltholder stopped rival Ulises Solis in March and outpointed Giovani Segura in May. Sosa, who challenges RING/WBC flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi on Friday in Tokyo, spoke with RingTV.com about his stellar 2013 and his accomplished career.
The World Boxing Council worked out the various mandatory title challenges for its titleholders in the 17 weight classes at its 51st convention, which took place over the past week in Bangkok, Thailand.
Chris John will defend his WBA featherweight title against Simpiwe Vetyeka on Dec. 6 at Metro City, Perth, Australia. John is looking to tie the division title defense record of 19 against the South African veteran.
Magomed Abdusalamov faces fellow unbeaten heavyweight Mike Perez on the Golovkin-Stevens undercard on Saturday. RingTV.com caught up with the Russian puncher, who says the heavyweight division lacks excitement and vows to “wake up” the weight class with his aggressive style.
When Bernard Hopkins steps inside the ring with Karo Murat this Saturday, it will be the 31st world title fight (34th counting THE RING championship) of his extraordinary career. Only one man in history, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., took part in more world title fights than Hopkins.
Ruslan Provodikov was one-half of one of the best fights so far of 2013, his brutal 12-round battle with Tim Bradley in March. The Russian bomber tells RingTV.com that his Saturday showdown with Mike Alvarado will be just as dramatic. “I think it will be another candidate for fight of the year,” said Provodnikov.
One of the best amateur boxers in recent history, two-time Olympic champ Vasyl Lomachenko, will turn pro on the Tim Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard on Saturday. Anson Wainwright caught up with the Ukrainian southpaw to learn more about his background and pro ambitions.