Unbeaten British middleweight Billy Joe Saunders has declined an opportunity to fight Hassan N’Dam for the IBF championship in favor of taking on the winner of Andy Lee’s WBO title defense against Peter Quillin.
The IBF has given Englishman Billy Joe Saunders until Feb. 12 to agree to face Hassan N’Dam in the wake of Felix Sturm’s decision to campaign at 168 pounds, but the more likely opponent for the vacant middleweight title appears to be Sam Soliman.
The IBF has stripped jailed Jermain Taylor of his middleweight belt and ordered its Nos. 1- and 2-ranked contenders, Hassan N’Dam and Felix Sturm, to fight for the vacant title before Feb. 9, according to a press release from President Daryl Peoples.
THE RING’s No. 2-rated strawweight Francisco Rodriguez will vacate his IBF belt and rise into the junior flyweight division, according to Sean Gibbons of Zanfer Promotions.
Former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor scored a unanimous decision over Sam Soliman, who suffered four knockdowns and an injured right knee during their IBF title bout on Wednesday in Biloxi, Mississippi. Taylor won by scores of 116-111, 115-109, and 116-109.
A number of RING-ranked contenders saw action last week, resulting in changes in the light heavyweight, middleweight and strawweight divisions. Former light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson’s upset loss to Tommy Karpency caused him to drop from the rankings.
Vanes Martirosyan outpointed Willie Nelson days after the loss of his promoter, Dan Goossen. Hassan N’Dam gave Curtis Stevens a boxing lesson.
Hassan N’Dam thoroughly outboxed Curtis Stevens to win a one-sided unanimous decision in a title-elimination fight on Wednesday in Santa Monica, California. It was N’Dam’s first significant test since he went down six times in a loss to Peter Quillin in 2012.
King Sports World, which promotes former middleweight titleholder Hassan N’Dam, out-bid Main Events on Monday for the right to promote an IBF middleweight title eliminator between Curtis Stevens and N’Dam, according to an e-mail from IBF Championships Chairman Lindsay Tucker.
A purse bid has been scheduled for July 14 for an IBF middleweight title eliminator between Curtis Stevens and Hassan N’Dam. The winner will be the mandatory challenger to titleholder Sam Soliman, IBF Championships Chairman informed RingTV.com on Monday.
Peter Quillin on his wife’s miscarriage: “My sacrifice in this camp was being away from my wife while she was going through a tough time.”
Undefeated WBO middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin is the favorite going into his title defense against Gabriel Rosado on Saturday, however Rosado’s reaction upon looking into Quillin’s eyes at Wednesday’s press conference was “I’m going to punish this dude.”
Promoter Artie Pelullo calls newl WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov “the most exciting fighter in the business.” He wants the Russian bomber to face Tim Bradley in a rematch or the winner of Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios.
Trainer Abel Sanchez said Gennady Golovkin “is the best middleweight ever besides Sugar Ray Robinson and maybe Bernard Hopkins.”
The WBO middleweight title bout between unbeaten beltholder Peter Quillin and Gabriel Rosado was officially added as the co-feature to the Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat fight on Oct. 26 in Atlantic City, N.J. Rosado is undefeated in New Jersey.
Heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder is preparing as if he will be fighting on the Oct. 26 Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat card on Showtime from Atlantic City.