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.
A deal has been reached for a catchweight five pounds above the original limit for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera on Saturday, raising questions of fairness and fighter safety. HBO’s Jim Lampley gives his take on the son of Mexico’s most famous boxer.
Sergio Martinez’s advisor calls September of 2014 “the perfect time” for a “grand finale” with Gennady Golovkin.
IBF super middleweight beltholder and THE RING’s No. 1-rated 168 pounder Carl Froch has the home advantage on Saturday against THE RING’s No. 2-rated super middleweight Mikkel Kessler, who win their first clash by unanimous decision.
Andre Ward called Guillermo Rigondeaux “a sharpshooter” against Nonito Donaire, adding, “this is the best I’ve ever seen him look.” Of the criticisms of Rigondeaux’s strategy, Tim Bradley said, “If you want to see blood and guts, and you want to see warrior-type of fights, then you should definitely hit MMA.”
There wasn’t much movement in THE RING’s divisional ratings this week. Apart from the Arthur Abraham-Robert Stieglitz rematch, it was a slow weekend of boxing. Stieglitz advanced to No. 4 in the super middleweight rankings with his TKO of Abraham.
Super middleweight contender George Groves will appear on the undercard of the Arthur Abraham-Robert Stieglitz rematch on Saturday in Germany. Ivan Morales, the undefeated younger brother of Erik Morales, will fight on the Saul Alvarez-Austin Trout undercard on April 20.
RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will return to EPIX for a May 4 defense against Francesco Pianeta. The fight will follow a string of notable Europe-based world title bouts on the U.S. network.
Unbeaten English super middleweight contender George Groves insists he has swapped Frank Warren for Eddie Hearn as his promoter to secure a title shot sooner rather than later – and even a possible showdown with IBF holder and countryman Carl Froch.