Of the thought of victory over Danny Garcia on Sept. 14, Lucas Matthysse said, “I would be on top of the world.”
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder may have to choose between serving as a sparring partner for David Haye or being ringside for a scouting report on the Seth Mitchell-Chris Arreola fight on Sept. 6.
Referee Steve Smoger, who officiated the Lucas Matthysse-Lamont Peterson fight, says Matthysse is “the hardest puncher at 140 (pounds) that I’ve ever been in with.”
Challenger Mikey Garcia weighed 125.6-to-126 for WBO featherweight titleholder Orlando Salido.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum will suggest that Manny Pacquiao have a neurological examination despite calling two doctors’ “eye-balling” assessments of Parkinsons’ disease in the fighter “ludicrous.”
Puerto Rican junior lightweight Felix Verdejo will be after his second straight win against an opponent to be determined on the undercard of a Jan. 19 clash between Orlando Salido and Mikey Garcia at Madison Square Garden.
Mexican amateur sensation Jose Ramirez participated in his first workout under the Top Rank banner at The Wild Card in Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday, and will make his professional debut on the Dec. 8 undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV.