Sorry for the late posting of this week’s Friday mailbag, folks. (Valentine’s Day evening was rough.) But here it is, complete with fans’ questions and comments on Adrien Broner, The Problem’s Saturday lightweight title defense against Gavin Rees, and other subjects. Enjoy!
RingTV.com’s Ryan Songalia spoke with a very confident (and crass) Adrien Broner after the New York City press conference for the undefeated WBC lightweight beltholder’s Saturday title defense against former 140-pound titleholder Gavin Rees.
Heavyweight Johnathon Banks was advised by Wladimir Klitschko not to face Seth Mitchell after having suffered a broken right thumb during a sparring session on Monday.
Heavyweight Johnathon Mitchell has suffered an apparent thumb injury that will force him out of a Feb. 16 rematch with Seth Mitchell, whom he knocked out in the second round in November.
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell said he wants to “right this wrong” by defeating Johnathon Banks, who stopped Mitchell in the second round in November.
Unbeaten WBC titleholder Adrien Broner said he first met Sugar Ray Leonard as a 10-year-old, when the Hall of Famer autographed a photo for him and offered a huge compliment.
Sugar Ray Leonard on Adrien Broner: “I’ve been watching this kid, man, and this kid, man, he’s a talent. That kid has it. He’s one of those rare fighters that has the entire package. He has everything.”
Super middleweight contender Sakio Bika could face Nikola Sjekloca for the WBC’s interim belt on Feb. 16, according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.
Lightweight contender Gavin Rees produced an explosive display to retain his European title in Clichy, France, on Friday, when he stopped local favorite Anthony Mezaache in round seven of a bloody one-sided contest.