Junior middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez lists cutting his opponents among his specialties, and says that against Miguel Cotto “it’s going to definitely happen … As soon as I hit him good, he’s going to cut.”
Vic Darchinyan will get a shot at revenge against Nonito Donaire six years after Donaire’s left hook knocked him out in the fifth round.
Wednesday’s press conference featuring Mikey Garcia and rival Rocky Martinez, plus Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan, was streamed live on Top Rank’s website.
Brandon Rios’ wife gave birth to their third child on Monday. The former lightweight titleholder has five children, all of whom are named after professional boxers.
British star Brian Rose will meet Javier Maciel in a final eliminator for the WBO junior middleweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Oct. 26.
Former RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire and RING featherweight champion Mikey Garcia will return to the ring on Nov. 9 as part of a tripleheader on HBO.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s decision to not to face Brian Vera after suffering a cut during sparring was apparently motivated in part by his father’s 1996 bout against Oscar De La Hoya, which he lost by fourth-round knockout after a sparring wound over his left eye opened early and bled profusely.
The upcoming bouts in October veaturing Juan Manuel Marquez versus Tim Bradley and Mike Alvarado against Ruslan Provodnikov, followed by the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios fight in November, could lead to a round robin between the welterweights and 140 pounders.
Demetrius Andrade on fellow unbeaten 154-pound contender Vanes Martirosyan, who he fights on Sept. 7: “I was a 2008 Olympian and he made it in 2004. I will show him that if I was around in 2003 and 2004, he would not have made the team.”
Diego Chaves, who faces fellow unbeaten welterweight standout Keith Thurman on Saturday on Showtime, is unknown to U.S. fans. However, Chaves was an amateur star in Argentina and one boxing writer familiar with his career says the boxing prodigy from a fighting family is “the most promising fighter in the country.”
Tranquillity in the gym appears to be the key to Amir Khan’s comeback. The former 140-pound titleholder says the quiet atmosphere of new trainer Virgil Hunter’s gym has him focused to succeed against next foe, Julio Diaz, who he faces in Sheffield, England on Saturday.
Boxing fans were treated to a good weekend of boxing last week but it was a quiet one in terms of movement in THE RING’s divisional ratings. Still, there were ranked fighters, and some who are close to being rated, in action worth mentioning.