Once-beaten middleweight Max Bursak will replace injured former title challenger Martin Murray against Jarrod Fletcher on the Gennady Golovkin-Osumanu Adama undercard on Feb. 1 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, promoter Rodney Berman announced on Friday.
Gabriel Rosado will take on his fourth consecutive unbeaten fighter when he faces junior middleweight contender Jermell Charlo in the co-featured bout to the Lamont Peterson-Dierry Jean fight on Jan. 25 on Showtime. Rosado says he’s in a must-win situation.
WBA middleweight beltholder Gennady Golovkin “beats” RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward if they were to meet, according to Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, who ranks the 160-pounder behind Sugar Ray Robinson and Bernard Hopkins as the best in the division’s history.
RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward on the prospect of facing WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin: “A lot of people say that he’s gotten a lot of unnecessary hype, but I’ve got a lot of respect for Gennady Golovkin…When that fight happens, it’s going to be a great fight for boxing.”
Hard-punching African cruiserweights Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu and Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola will clash on Jan. 24 in Atlancit City.
Fans selected the undefeated Kazakhstani KO-machine from a crowded field of contenders for 2013′s highest individual honor. [Editor’s note: this is not THE RING magazine’s official choice for Fighter of the Year. The magazine’s official year-end awards for 2013 will be announced in the March edition.]
Former WBO light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly will face hard-punching cruiserweight contender Ilunga “Junior” Makabu on the Gennady Golovkin-Osumanu Adama undercard in Monte Carlo on Feb. 1.
Adonis Stevenson, Carl Froch, Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev and Tim Bradley are among those to be featured over the course of 10 bouts and five nights starting on Dec. 23 on HBO’s on “Boxing’s Best.”
Marcos Maidana says Adrien Broner “has not been tested by a natural welterweight like me. That’s why this is the hardest fight of his life.” Maidana challenges Broner for the WBA 147-pound title on Dec. 14.
WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko has been given until Dec. 15 to determine whether he will continue fighting or retire in the wake of October’s announcement of his presidential candidacy in Ukraine.
Unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz has signed a co-promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions and Dade Promotions.