Arash Usmanee battled IBF junior lightweight titleholder Argenis Mendez to a controversial majority draw on Friday night in Verona, N.Y. Scores were 114-114 twice, and 115-113 Usmanee. It was the main event of ESPN2’s final Friday Night Fights show of 2013.
Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez will be featured in an episode of Face Off with Max Kellerman in advance of their pay-per-view fight for Bradley’s WBO welterweight belt on Oct. 12.
Mike Tyson is excited about promoting his first boxing show, which will be televised on this week’s Friday Night Fights, but when asked if he can learn anything about the business from former promoter Don King, the former heavyweight champ got a little bitter. “I can learn how to manipulate my fighters and take advantage of them and tell them lies,” Tyson said.
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.
Former heavyweight Eddie Chambers will debut as a cruiserweight on Aug. 3 against South Africa’s hard-hitting Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu.
There were numerous world-class boxers in action last week, which resulted in movement in THE RING’s divisional ratings. The most notable change belonged to Tavoris Cloud, who drops in the light heavyweight rankings following his loss to Bernard Hopkins.
Having lost title bouts to Andre Ward, Lucian Bute and Joe Calzaghe, super middleweight contender Sakio Bika looks to cash in on a potential WBC title fight agianst Nikola Sjekloca on Feb. 16.