Trainer Virgil Hunter says the best is yet to come from THE RING and WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward.
The WBC has ordered the promoters of Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola to begin free negotiations for a rematch for the WBC heavyweight title that was vacated by Vitali Klitschko earlier this month. Stiverne unanimously decisioned Arreola in April.
Marcos Maidana says Adrien Broner “has not been tested by a natural welterweight like me. That’s why this is the hardest fight of his life.” Maidana challenges Broner for the WBA 147-pound title on Dec. 14.
European heavyweight champ Dereck Chisora stopped Ondrej Pala in the third round of their main event in London, England, on Saturday. It was the former title challenger’s fourth bout of a successful 2013. A British title showdown with David Price or a rematch with Tyson Fury looms for Chisora in 2014.
Heavyweight KO artist Deontay Wilder, who has been added to the Oct. 26 Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat card, believes David Haye will defeat Tyson Fury on Feb. 8, and that he will be fighting for a major title during the early months of next year.
Former WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “was very upset and angry with myself” after testing positivie for marijuana in the wake of last September’s loss to Sergio Martinez.
HBO will broadcast a tripleheader on Sept. 28 featuring former and current titleholders in three marquee divisions fighting in three different countries.
Andre Berto still wants to be a player in the 147-pound division but after losing two of his last three bouts, the former two-time titleholder will have to prove he can do it by beating welterweight gatekeeper Jesus Soto Karass tonight. Find out who the gatekeepers are in boxing’s other divisions.
The past week was a busy one in many of the sport’s marquee divisions but the only changes to THE RING’s rankings occurred at the lighter weight classes. Pedro Guevara moved up the junior flyweight ratings with lopsided decision over strawweight contender Mario Rodriguez.
Fans express excitement on the Garcia-Matthysse fight being made and added to the Mayweather-Canelo PPV event, ask Dougie’s opinion on various mythical matchups between James Toney and Bernard Hopkins, and sound off on other fights and topics in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!