Lightweight Rustam Nugaev will fight fellow Russian Denis Shafikov in an IBF title-elimination bout at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The bout headlines this week’s “Friday Night Fights” telecast on ESPN2.
Chris Arreola says he’s ready to shine against once-beaten heavyweight standout Seth Mitchell on Saturday, but fans have heard that line before from the former contender, who has suffered career setbacks due to his lack of discipline. Even Arreola admits this is his last chance.
Josesito Lopez’s trainer Henry Ramirez wants his fighter to test Victor Ortiz’s mental fortitude when the Southern Californians meet in the main event of a Showtime-televised card at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.