If Miguel Cotto defeats Sergio Martinez he will equal the feats of Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran who were also former welterweight stars that won the middleweight title, however, many hall of famers and even great fighters were unable to do it.
Juan Manuel Marquez returns to the venue that introduced him to U.S. fans, The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., when he takes on Mike Alvarado on May 17. Marquez says a wins puts him in position to make history. Alvarado seeks redemption vs. the Mexican legend.
Fans share their thoughts on James Toney, Anthony Joshua, Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez, the post-Klitschko heavyweight division, Vic Darchinyan, and two mythical matchups (Marvin Hagler vs. Emile Griffith and Ricky Hatton vs. MIguel Cotto) in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
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.”
Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz, who is gay, said “I’m going to make history” by defeating Mexican Orlando Salido for the WBO’s featherweight belt on Saturday.
Openly gay featherwight contender Orlando Cruz on the outfit he plans to wear into the ring versus Orlando Salido on Saturday: “It was not my intention to cause an uproar.”
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.
Mexico’s former two-time featherweight titleholder Orlando Salido plans to continue his dominance against Puerto Rican rivals when he fights Orlando Cruz on Oct. 12. “I think about what I’ve done against Puerto Rican fighters,” said Salido. “I just think I know how to fight them.”
Ring of Fire, the story of Emile Griffith, will air on Friday at 10 p.m. on The MSG Network.
Who are the 10 best middleweight titleholders of the past five decades? RingTV.com editor Doug Fischer has his opinion on who they are and where they rank. See if you agree.