Russian lightweight Petr Petrov survived a first-round knockdown to win a 10-round unanimous decision over Gamaliel Diaz on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.”
British lightweight contender Anthony Crolla thought he had a shot at WBA titleholder Richar Abril lined up, but will instead face Mexican gatekeeper Gamaliel Diaz on Saturday in his native Manchester. If he wins, he could face the Terence Crawford-Ray Beltran winner next year.
RING featherweight champion Mikey Garcia could rise into the junior lightweight ranks to challenge WBO beltholder Roman “Rocky” Martinez.
Reflecting on his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Robert Guerrero says he learned “that I can compete with the best fighters in the world” and “gained a lot of experience on what it will take to fight a guy who never stops moving around the ring.”
When Angel Garcia, father and trainer of Danny Garcia, watches Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Ruben Gerrero work their sons’ corners on Saturday, he will “watch for who can stay focused, and who can keep their son focused right along with them.”
Akira Yaegashi defeated incumbent RING flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi by unanimous decision at the Ryoguko Kokugikan in Tokyo on Monday. In the co-featured bout, WBC bantamweight titleholder Shinsuke Yamanaka scored a 12th-round stoppage of Malcolm Tunacao.
The April 8 card in Tokyo is stacked with talent, including RING flyweight champ Toshiyuki Igarashi vs. No. 7 strawweight Akira Yaegashi…
Showtime has a mega promotional series planned in advance of the May 4 clash between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero.
Robert Guerrero on Floyd Mayweather: “He’s not that big. Floyd’s not like Andre Berto, who, I mean, was just bulked up and huge. But you’ve got to respect Floyd, because, I mean, he’s fast, he’s slick and he’s smart and he’s a mastermind in the ring.”
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.