Plans are in the works for Ruslan Provodnikov to defend his WBO junior welterweight belt against lightweight titleholder Antonio DeMarco on June 14, according to the fighters’ promoters.
This Friday, Banner Promotions and ESPN2 kick off the first of two eight-man single elimination tournaments in the lightweight and middleweight divisions, which will take place over the course of the Friday Night Fights season.
Manny Pacquiao is familiar with the top two candidates to be his next opponent, having lost by split-decision to Tim Bradley in 2012 and having sparred many rounds with Ruslan Provodnikov.
IBF light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins is scheduled to be a guest on Wednesday’s episode of The Arsenio Hall Show.
The promoters of Manny Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov would like to match the fighters if Pacquiao defeats Rios on Saturday.
Bob Arum told RingTV.com that a return bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera could happen on March 1 in either Texas or Las Vegas. The Top Rank CEO also said that he woudl like to match Nonito Donaire with undefeated featherwieght puncher Nicholas Walters.
Vic Darchinyan on Nonito Donaire: “I’m going to come and expose him and show to all of the world that I can beat him, and not only just beat him, but I can beat him easily.”
Junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade on Saturday’s bout with fellow contender Vanes Martirosyan: “I am going to beat him down for three minutes of every round. I am going to make a statement that I’m the best 154-pound fighter in the world.”
Junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov expects to train alongside Miguel Cotto in preparation for his Oct. 19 bout with WBO beltholder Mike Alvarado.
Demetrius Andrade on fellow unbeaten 154-pound contender Vanes Martirosyan, who he fights on Sept. 7: “I was a 2008 Olympian and he made it in 2004. I will show him that if I was around in 2003 and 2004, he would not have made the team.”