Marcos Maidana’s bruising unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner was the overwhelming choice for Upset of the Year in RingTV’s year-end award poll. [Editor’s note: this is not THE RING magazine’s official choice for Upset of the Year. The magazine’s official year-end awards for 2013 will be announced in the March edition.]
RingTV.com’s Travelin’ Man Lee Groves provides a CompuBox analysis of the recent HBO tripleheader in Atlantic City where Guillermo Rigondeaux continued his boxing excellence which has split the boxing world into a raging debate regarding the Cuban’s worth as a TV attraction. Groves gives his thoughts on Rigondeaux.
The first of the final two legs of “Travelin’ Man” Lee Groves’ five-week “Stretch Drive” to end 2013 saw him work the CompuBox keys on an HBO-televised tripleheader involving Guillermo Rigondeaux in Atlantic City, where he learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela and the death of the South African icon’s favorite boxer, Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala.
Referee Steve Smoger on James Kirkland’s sixth-round stoppage of Glen Tapia, which many fans thought came at least one round too late: “The doctor told me any head shots and that was it,” said Smoger. “So that was my directive.”
Glen Tapia’s CAT scan returned negative following his punishing sixth-round stoppage loss to James Kirkland on Saturday.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, Shawn Porter, Paulie Malignaggi, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara and Felix Sturm all turn in impressive victories on a very busy weekend.
The three TV fights for HBO’s tripleheader Saturday night from Boardwalk Hall are set. RING junior featherweight champ Guillermo Rigondeaux looked in great shape, tipping the scales at a sleek 121 pounds. His opponent, Joseph Agbeko, came in at 121.6.
Nelson Mandela’s 2001 interview with HBO’s Larry Merchant will air on the network on Saturday.
Guillermo Rigondeaux was criticized for his “amateurish” style by some fans, the media and even his own promoter after he outclassed Nonito Donaire, but the Cuban boxing genius tuned it out going into Saturday’s 122-pound title defense against Joseph Agbeko.
Press conference for the Dec. 7 tripleheader featuring RING, WBO and WBA 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Joseph Agbeko, middleweights Matthew Macklin and Lamar Russ, and junior middleweight James Kirkland against Glen Tapia. Photos by Chris Farina-Top Rank.
RingTV.com has a live round-by-round update of tonight’s featherweight rematch during which former RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire scored a ninth-round TKO over ex- flyweight and 115-pound beltholder Vic Darchinyan.
Nonito Donaire answers his fans’ questions about his move to featherweight, his rematch with Vic Darchinyan, his desire to avenge his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux, and potential showdowns with stablemates Evgeny Gradovich and Mikey Garcia (who were training Robert Garcia’s gym in Oxnard, Calif., during the REAL TALK interview). Also see clips of Donaire working the mitts with his recently reunited father.
RING featherweight champ Mikey Garcia answered his fans’ questions about moving up to the 130-pound division to face WBO titleholder Rocky Martinez and future showdowns with Cuban stars Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Garcia, however, is focused on Martinez, who he expects to give him a hard fight.
Vic Darchinyan on Nonito Donaire: “I’m going to come and expose him and show to all of the world that I can beat him, and not only just beat him, but I can beat him easily.”