Japan hosts two world title doubleheaders in April. On April 6, RING flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi and WBC 108-pound titleholder Adrian Hernanez co-headline; and on April 23, WBC bantamweight king Shinsuke Yamanaka and IBF 122-pound boss Kiko Martinez share the bill.
Juan Carlos Burgos has come up short in two previous world title shots but the 26-year-old junior lightweight contender enters his WBO title bout with heavily favored Mikey Garcia on Saturday with more strength, confidence and his original trainer.
Juan Carlos Burgos on his fight with Rocky Martinez: “Our fight is a classic Mexican-Puerto Rican rivalry, and our styles are perfect for one another. Not only will we steal the show, but I’ll take the belt.”
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum will suggest that Manny Pacquiao have a neurological examination despite calling two doctors’ “eye-balling” assessments of Parkinsons’ disease in the fighter “ludicrous.”
Birthday knockouts have become a tradition for WBC featherweight beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez, and this Sept. 15 — Gonzalez’s 31st birthday — he’ll be looking to collect a $100,000 bonus against Daniel Ponce de Leon.