The most significant storyline in the Bermane Stiverne-Chris Arreola rematch might be the network that will air it live – ESPN. The global cable giant’s involvement in world-class boxing could have a far-reaching and positive impact on the sport.
Tempers flared between the Angelo Santana-Hank Lundy camps at Thursday’s weigh-in for tonight’s lightweight clash on ShoBox: The New Generation from the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Bermane Stiverne-Chris Arreola rematch, which will be for the WBC heavyweight belt vacated by Vitali Klitschko, is being targeted for April, Arreola’s promoter, Dan Goossen, told RingTV.com.
IBF light heavyweight titleholder and 25-year pro veteran Bernard Hopkins says boxers absorb considerable head trauma during training and preparation for their upcoming bouts long before entering the ring on fight night.
Promoters Don King and Bob Arum praised fellow hall of famer Jose Suliamon, the longtime president of the WBC who passed away on Thursday. “He devoted his life to boxing,” Arum said. “I’m deeply grieved,” added King. “He was one of my greatest friends in life.”
Heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne informed RingTV.com that he has dropped the lawsuit that he filed against promoter Don King in advance of the WBC’s order for King to begin negotiations with Chris Arreola’s promoter Dan Goossen for a fight for the vacant WBC title.
Former two-time bantamweight titleholder Joseph Agbeko informed RingTV.com on Sunday that he has split from promoter Don King and is in search of a big fight in the junior featherweight division.
Mike Tyson is excited about promoting his first boxing show, which will be televised on this week’s Friday Night Fights, but when asked if he can learn anything about the business from former promoter Don King, the former heavyweight champ got a little bitter. “I can learn how to manipulate my fighters and take advantage of them and tell them lies,” Tyson said.
Former light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud calls his clash with hard-hitting RING/WBC champ Adonis Stevenson “a dangerous fight” — for Stevenson.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be honored as Male Fighter of The Year by the Nevada Hall of Fame on Saturday, where the first inductees wil include Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard, as well as trainers Eddie Futch and Freddie Roach.
A new deal between Golden Boy and Fox Sports will result in a new Monday boxing series and allow fans to rewatch classic bouts from the promoter’s fight library featuring Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and Bernard Hopkins, among others.