Vanes Martirosyan says he is ready to move on to a new chapter in his boxing career with a new promotional and training team behind him when he faces Mario Alberto Lozano in the main event of this week’s Friday Night Fights on ESPN2.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could face either WBA 160-pound titleholder Gennady Golovkin or ex-175-pound titleholder Jean Pascal in July, according to Bob Arum.
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.
Nonito Donaire Jr. will try to win a world title in his fourth division when he faces IBF featherweight titleholder Simphiwe Vetyeka on May 10 at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China. Former 108-pound and flyweight titleholder Brian Viloria will fight on the undercard.
Mike Alvarado has agreed to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on May 17, probably at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Now, JMM must sign on the dotted line. It will be Alvarado’s welterweight debut.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum expects his fighter, unbeaten lightweight Terence Crawford, to score “a decisive victory” against WBO titleholder Ricky Burns on March 1 before Burns’ partisan fans at Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland.
Sergio Martinez has agreed to defend his RING middleweight title against Miguel Cotto on June 7. Now all that’s left is for Cotto to agree as well.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum publicly criticized Guillermo Rigondeaux again for being boring. Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde responded to Arum in a letter obtained by RingTV.com.
Mikey Garcia had hoped for dynamite, but had to settle for dominance as he pounded out a lopsided decision over Juan Carlos Burgos to retain the WBO junior lightweight title on Saturday in New York City. Cuban standout Yuriorkis Gamboa could be next.
Mikey Garcia, who defends his WBO 130-pound title against Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday, had a banner 2013 but his promoter and trainer think he can have an even better 2014. There is talk of a future dream fight with Manny Pacquiao, but Garcia is focused on the present.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer called Manny Pacquiao’s proposed charity fight vs. Floyd Mayweather a “desperate” idea from a “desperate” person. “My good friend Floyd is not desperate, but Pacquiao and his promoter are,” Schaefer said.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said that a deal is close for an April 12 rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley, who beat Pacquiao by disputed split-decision in June of 2012. Arum says the rematch announcement could come on Friday.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum acknowledged that negotiations are ongoing for a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas but the 82-year-old promoter vehemently dismissed reports that a deal has been reached.
Promoters Don King and Bob Arum praised fellow hall of famer Jose Suliamon, the longtime president of the WBC who passed away on Thursday. “He devoted his life to boxing,” Arum said. “I’m deeply grieved,” added King. “He was one of my greatest friends in life.”
South Africa’s Minister of Sport and Recreation praised Floyd Mayweather Jr. with words befitting a monarch during a Wednesday press in Johannesburg. Boxing’s pound-for-pound king is currently on a week-long, four-city visit to the African nation.
Mikey Garcia was ringside in Macau, China, as promotional and training stablemate Brandon Rios lost by unanimous decision to welterweight Manny Pacquiao. Later, word reached Top Rank CEO Bob Arum that Garcia had aspirations of one day facing Pacquiao.