Ruslan Provodnikov’s mother traveled from Russia for what is both her first trip to the U.S. and the first time she will be ringside to watch her son as he battles Mike Alvarado on Saturday.
WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley: “I feel that I’m finally going to get my just due. I feel that I am finally one of the best fighters in the world.”
Juan Manuel Marquez said he was “scared of the judges more than” Tim Bradley during the post-fight press conference for their WBO welterweight title bout that Bradley won by split decision on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Ukrainian two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko scored two knockdowns during his fourth-round stoppage of Jose Luis Ramirez in his professional debut on Saturday.
Openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz on dealing with homophobia in boxing: “I’m in a sport that is very macho. Sometime in the ring, people would should gay slurs at me before I came out.”
Tim Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz: “Juan Manuel Marquez is a very experienced fighter. If he hurts you, he’ll finish you.”
A deal has been reached for a catchweight five pounds above the original limit for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera on Saturday, raising questions of fairness and fighter safety. HBO’s Jim Lampley gives his take on the son of Mexico’s most famous boxer.
Referee Robert Byrd, who was the third man in the ring for Tim Bradley’s win over Manny Pacquiao last year, will officiate Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez on Oct. 12.
As late as Wednesday morning, the weight at which Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera was up for question, once again bringing up the question of Chavez’s discipline issues.
Bob Arum defended Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s use of marijuana and use of the drug in general during a media conference call on Tuesday. “I want to go on record as saying that there is nothing wrong with smoking pot,” Arum said during the call.
Oscar De La Hoya predicts that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will stop Floyd Mayweather inside of eight rounds; Tim Bradley spars with Lucas Matthysse.