RingTV.com editor Doug Fischer watched Irish middleweight prospect Jason Quigley get some good sparring work and he met Brazilian amateur star Everton Lopes during a recent visit to The Rock boxing gym in Carson, California. Lopes makes his pro debut on Feb. 27. Quigley returns to the ring in March.
Abner Mares turned some hardcore fans off with his rugged – sometimes ruthless – fighting tactics in the past, but even his most ardent critics agree that his unpredictable style makes him one of boxing’s most effective world-class competitors. Mares was at his brutal best in a recent sparring session to prepare for Saturday’s showdown with Jhonny Gonzalez.
Teen prospect Julian Ramirez is advanced for his age but that doesn’t mean he didn’t learn a thing or two sparring with undefeated 122-pound contender Scott Quigg recently. Ramirez will open the Solo Boxeo broadcast on Saturday.
Junior lightweight contender Eloy Perez received quality sparring from come-backing prospects Mike Dallas and Stan Martyniouk in preparation for his HBO-televised challenge to highly regarded WBO titleholder Adrien Broner.
Andre Berto’s potent mix of speed and power led to 27 consecutive victories before his slugfest loss to Victor Ortiz. He’s confident that he’ll win their rematch on Feb. 11 because he’s trained to add finesse to his raw athleticism.