Don King’s $1.1 million purse bid to promote the Chris Arreola-Bermane Stiverne WBC heavyweight eliminator bout doubled that of counterpart Dan Goossen.
Andre Ward ranks No. 2, pound-for-pound, ahead of Manny Pacquiao, according to Yahoo! Sports and ESPN, and is at No. 3 in THE RING ratings, having surpassed Sergio Martinez in all three polls.
Chad Dawson says he’s a “better fighter than Andre Ward,” whom he will meet in a clash of RING champions on Sept. 8.
Andre Ward on Chad Dawson: “There is not (just) one thing that’s dangerous about him; he is a good, all-around fighter. His credentials speak for themselves.”
Josesito Lopez’s upset of Victor Ortiz and Rico Ramos’ decision over previously unbeaten Efrain Esquivias on Saturday highlighted a successful weekend of boxing for Goossen Tutor Promotions.
Former junior featherweight titleholder Rico Ramos will attempt to rebound from his first loss against unbeaten former amateur rival Efrain Esquivias on Saturday night.
Josesito Lopez says he is motivated by the fact that Victor Ortiz has been named as the Sept. 15 opponent for WBC 154-pound titleholder Saul Alvarez in advance of his June 23 bout with Ortiz.
Paul Williams: “They told me there is a very slight chance of walking because the spine was, like, crushed or whatever…but as far as me walking and all of that, it’s all on me. I’m going to be walking. I know that. That’s how I feel.”
Manager George Peterson describes Paul Williams as being in an “excellent frame of mind” despite his involvement in a motorcycle accident on Sunday that has left the fighter paralyzed from the waist down, hospitalized and in anticipation of surgery.