Unbeaten junior featherweight prospect Joseph Diaz Jr. faces Roberto Castaneda in the 10-round main event at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California on Thursday. The bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
British middleweight contender Matthew Macklin, who takes on Jorge Sebastian Heiland in Dublin on Saturday, says he’s still hungry for a title shot after three previous tries. The 32-year-old veteran is more motivated than ever after reuniting with trainer Joe Gallagher.
Fans share their thoughts on Sergey Kovalev’s dominant decision over Bernard Hopkins, what the future might hold for both light heavyweights, what might happen should either face Adonis Stevenson, John David Jackson’s role in Kovalev’s win, and more in this week’s Monday mailbag.
Sergey Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson discusses the game plan that enabled his fighter to neutralize the master neutralizer, Bernard Hopkins en route to a shutout decision victory. “A good jabber frustrates Bernard Hopkins every time,” Jackson told RingTV’s Bill Emes.
Unified light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev, his promoter Kathy Duva and his trainer John David Jackson answered questions from the media during the post-fight press conference following his shutout unanimous decision over Bernard Hopkins.
Bernard Hopkins praised Sergey Kovalev, Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson and the promotion while answering media questions during the post-fight press conference. Hopkins, who was shutout over 12 rounds, said Kovalev is a candidate for fighter of the year.
Amir Mansour was on his way to a dominant decision win over Frederic Kassi when the heavyweight puncher turned in a possible candidate for Knockout of the Year. Mansour knocked Kassi out cold in Round 7 at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Saturday.
Tomasz Adamek admitted that his days as a heavyweight contender may be over after he lost a unanimous decision to Artur Szpilka on Saturday at the Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland.
In a showdown of German former world titleholders trying to earn one more run at a world title, Felix Sturm and Robert Stieglitz battled to an exciting split decision draw on Saturday at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.
Amir Khan and Devon Alexander may have been too focused on Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year. Khan avoided other fights, including one with Alexander, in hopes of getting Mayweather; while Alexander overlooked Shawn Porter. However, both Khan and Alexander are 100 percent focused on their Dec. 13 showdown.
Light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara won a hard-fought decision over game Doudou Ngumbu in the main event of a Showtime tripleheader on Saturday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Fonfara won the entertaining 10 rounder by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
Tomoki Kameda defended his WBO bantamweight title with a split decision over Alejandro Hernandez on the Fonfara-Ngumbu undercard on Saturday in Chicago. Kameda won by tallies of 115-113, 115-113, 113-115, in a bout that wasn’t as close as the official scores indicated.
Junior lightweight contender Javier Fortuna knocked out Abner Cotto in Round 5 of their Showtime-televised bout on the undercard of the Andrzej Fonfara-Doudou Ngumbu fight on Saturday at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. It was an ugly, foul-filled affair while it lasted.
Should Amir Khan emerge with a win against Devon Alexander on Dec. 13 and earn a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr., his former trainer, Freddie Roach, believes the talented British star has a solid shot at beating the pound-for-pound king.
Readers share their thoughts and opinions on the significance of the Hopkins-Kovalev fight, Dougie’s “demeaning” of Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward, Naseem Hamed’s hall of fame merits, Alexander Povetkin’s potential, Gennady Golovkin’s weight and Ward’s inactivity in this week’s Friday mailbag.