The fighters line up for this weekend’s show in Texas, which will include Nonito Donaire-Vic Darchinyan, Roman Martinez-Mikey Garcia, and Demetrius Andrade-Vanes Martirosyan. Photos by Chris Farina-Top Rank.
Junior middleweight contender Austin Trout will dedicate his Dec. 7 fight with Erislandy Lara to his grandmother, Ann Johnson, who died of a heart attack in May.
Vic Darchinyan on Nonito Donaire: “I’m going to come and expose him and show to all of the world that I can beat him, and not only just beat him, but I can beat him easily.”
Undefeated junior middleweight contender Demetrius Andrade said of RING/WBA/WBC champ Floyd Mayweather, “I would beat him by decision, if not, I may knock him out.” Andrade, who fights Vanes Martirosyan for the vacant WBO title on Saturday, also believes he can easily beat Canelo Alvarez.
Junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade on Saturday’s bout with fellow contender Vanes Martirosyan: “I am going to beat him down for three minutes of every round. I am going to make a statement that I’m the best 154-pound fighter in the world.”
The late Emanuel “Manny” Steward trained Thomas Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Mike McCallum among his seemingly endless list of current and former world champions.
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.