The only 154-pound world title not up for grabs in Las Vegas this weekend belongs to Liam Smith, who was happy to assess the forthcoming action.
Erislandy Lara, THE RING’s No. 2-rated junior middleweight, outclassed unrated former title challenger Delvin Rodriguez en route to a shutout 12-round decision on Friday in Chicago. It was a typical Lara performance, lauded by boxing media and purists but booed by fans in attendance. In the “PBC on Spike” co-feature, light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev stopped Alexander Johnson in seven rounds.
Top junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara weighed in at 153.6 pounds for tonight’s “PBC on Spike” main event against Delvin Rodriguez, who weighed 153.4. Light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev weighed in at the division limit of 175 for his co-feature against Alexander Johnson, who weighed 174.2. The 10-bout card takes place in Chicago.
As far as Erisdlany Lara, his team and his small-but-vocal fan base are concerned, the Cuban junior middleweight standout enters his Friday “PBC on SpikeTV” main event against Delvin Rodriguez as an unbeaten fighter. Lara’s only two losses, decisions to Paul Williams and Canelo Alvarez, were controversial.
In this week’s Monday mailbag, some fans rave about Miguel Cotto’s impressive fourth-round stoppage of Daniel Geale, other fans rant about the catchweight of the RING/WBC middleweight championship bout, but everybody is looking forward to Cotto facing Canelo Alvarez in the fall (and more fans like the Puerto Rican star’s chances after Saturday’s performance).
Juan Manuel Marquez was the black sheep in the Mexican triumvirate that included Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales but has outlasted the others and emerged as the enduring star, which he proved once again with a dominant decision over Mike Alvarado.
Junior middleweight veterans Delvin Rodriguez and Joachim Alcine will fight in a Friday Night Fights main event on May 16 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Star Boxing and Choko Boxing announced on Tuesday.
Adonis Stevenson, Carl Froch, Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev and Tim Bradley are among those to be featured over the course of 10 bouts and five nights starting on Dec. 23 on HBO’s on “Boxing’s Best.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said that he expects Canel Alvarez to make a decision regarding his next opponent potentially as early as next week, with Miguel Cotto being the young former champ’s desired rival.
Miguel Cotto is considering a confirmed package of at least $10 million from Golden Boy Promotions to face Canelo Alvarez, but a widely-reported offer of $15 million to fight middleweight champ Sergio Martinez is unconfirmed.
When Canelo Alvarez returns to action on March 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer hopes that his opponent will be Miguel Cotto.
The recent death of Francisco Leal and life-threatening head injury suffered by Magomed Abdusalamov prompted RingTV.com’s resident historian Lee Groves to recall how the 2008 fight between Delvin Rodriguez and Oscar Diaz, for which he was at ringside, caused him to question, then reconfirm, his love for boxing.
Golden Boy Promotions has offered Miguel Cotto a deal worth in excess of $10 million to face Canelo Alvarez, according to CEO Richard Schaefer. Schaefer also discussed a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or title shots against Peter Quillin and Carlos Molina for Cotto.
Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz, who is gay, said “I’m going to make history” by defeating Mexican Orlando Salido for the WBO’s featherweight belt on Saturday.
Three-division titlewinner Miguel Cotto is expected to arrive in Las Vegas on Thursday to discuss potential future fights with Top Rank, which promoted last his one-sided third-round TKO of Delvin Rodriguez last Saturday.