Leo Santa Cruz has vacated his IBF bantamweight belt in favor of rising into the junior featherweight division.
Although unbeaten Floyd Mayweather has created a media firestorm by naming IBF beltholder Devon Alexander as the leading opponent to face him on May 4, Alexander’s trainer says his fighter is focused on recovering from a biceps injury, and the IBF says it won’t approve a defense against Mayweather.
Former RING light heavyweight and middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins’ next fight, a March 9 clash with IBF 175-pound beltholder, Tavoris Cloud, will be formally announced during a press conference on Jan. 15, Hopkins’ 48th birthday.
IBF junior welterweight beltholder Lamont Peterson will defend his crown against ex-titleholder Kendall Holt on Feb. 22 in Peterson’s home town of Washington, D.C.
Having lost title bouts to Andre Ward, Lucian Bute and Joe Calzaghe, super middleweight contender Sakio Bika looks to cash in on a potential WBC title fight agianst Nikola Sjekloca on Feb. 16.
While IBF light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud could defend his belt against Bernard Hopkins on March 9, IBF super middleweight beltholder Carl Froch is weighing mandatory challenger Adonis Stevenson or WBA counterpart Mikkel Kessler.
IBF junior welterweight beltholder Lamont Peterson could face Kendall Holt on Feb. 22 at the D.C. Armory.
Donovan George could face an opponent to be determined on Friday night in the wake of a hand injury suffered by southpaw Adonis Stevenson over the weekend.
Manager Cameron Dunkin’s plan for Mikey Garcia is to match him against Orlando Salido in the fall, while the hope for Brandon Rios is a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.
The IBF still recognizes Lamont Peterson as its junior welterweight titleholder pending a review of his medical records in the wake of his positive drug test.
Former cruiserweight titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli has been banned for six months following a positive test for an illegal substance, according to the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency.