Indonesian boxing legend Chris John announced his retirement from the sport two weeks removed from losing his WBA featherweight title to Simphiwe Vetyeka. John, who had held the title for 10 years, was attempting to equal the division title defense record.
RING junior featherweight champ Guillermo Rigondeaux defended his 122-pound titles with a unanimous shutout decision over Joseph Agbeko during a busy weekend. The flawless Cuban climbed two spots on THE RING’s pound-for-pound top 10.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, Shawn Porter, Paulie Malignaggi, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara and Felix Sturm all turn in impressive victories on a very busy weekend.
Chris John’s near-decade long title reign came to an end — one fight short of matching Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 streak — at the hands of South African Simpiwe Vetyeka, who dedicated the win to the memory of Nelson Mandela.
Nonito Donaire answers his fans’ questions about his move to featherweight, his rematch with Vic Darchinyan, his desire to avenge his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux, and potential showdowns with stablemates Evgeny Gradovich and Mikey Garcia (who were training Robert Garcia’s gym in Oxnard, Calif., during the REAL TALK interview). Also see clips of Donaire working the mitts with his recently reunited father.
Chris John will defend his WBA featherweight title against Simpiwe Vetyeka on Dec. 6 at Metro City, Perth, Australia. John is looking to tie the division title defense record of 19 against the South African veteran.
WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley says that he’ll use his head and to “stay smart” against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday.
Tim Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz: “Juan Manuel Marquez is a very experienced fighter. If he hurts you, he’ll finish you.”
Chris John looks to extend his impressive record – the longest unbeaten streak among active, world-class boxers – when he defends his WBA featherweight title against Satoshi Hosono on April 14. The 33-year-old veteran tells RingTV.com that he isn’t ready to wind down his career.
Billy Dib discusses his Friday Night Fights main event against undefeated Evgeny Gradovich, his promotional deal with rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, possible clashes with WBA titleholder Chris John and RING champ Mikey Garcia, plus his good friend and former champ “Prince” Naseem Hamed.
Light heavyweight Gabriel Campillo will have been out of the ring for nearly a year when he meets Sergey Kovalev on Saturday night.
HBO’s 24/7 series will debut on Sept. 1 and will detail the events leading up to the Sept. 15 clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.