Not letting the peculiar nature of Peter Quillin vacating the WBO middleweight title take hold, Top Rank Promotions’ Bob Arum is making moves to promote Matt Korobov vs. Billy Joe Saunders for the belt.
Darren Barker enters his second title shot a stronger man, mentally and physically. Barker, who has put nagging injuries behind him, carries experience and confidence from his game challenge to Sergio Martinez into his Aug. 17 fight with IBF beltholder Daniel Geale. The British middleweight contender shared his thoughts on the Geale fight, his career and the 160-pound division with RingTV.com.
The past week was a busy one in many of the sport’s marquee divisions but the only changes to THE RING’s rankings occurred at the lighter weight classes. Pedro Guevara moved up the junior flyweight ratings with lopsided decision over strawweight contender Mario Rodriguez.
Billy Joe Saunders has emerged from the shadows of amateur stars and promotional stablemates James DeGale and Frankie Gavin to develop into one of Britain’s best young fighters. Saunders faces fellow unbeaten middleweight prospect Gary O’Sullivan on Saturday in London.