WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko has been given until Dec. 15 to determine whether he will continue fighting or retire in the wake of October’s announcement of his presidential candidacy in Ukraine.
Of the thought of victory over Danny Garcia on Sept. 14, Lucas Matthysse said, “I would be on top of the world.”
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder may have to choose between serving as a sparring partner for David Haye or being ringside for a scouting report on the Seth Mitchell-Chris Arreola fight on Sept. 6.
RingTV.com’s resident Travelin’ Man gives a CompuBox breakdown of John Molina’s dramatic come-from-behind TKO victory over Mickey Bey, as well as a look at what goes into the punch-stat institution’s pre-fight analyses on matchups and why Lee Groves calls Molina “CompuBox Kryptonite.”
The past week was a busy one in many of the sport’s marquee divisions but the only changes to THE RING’s rankings occurred at the lighter weight classes. Pedro Guevara moved up the junior flyweight ratings with lopsided decision over strawweight contender Mario Rodriguez.
Jesus Soto Karass on his fight with Andre Berto: “The bottom line is that I want to win. Yes, I’m going to give a great performance, like I always do. I’m ready to die in the ring like every Mexican.”
Unbeaten lightweight standout Mickey Bey will face former title challenger John Molina on Friday in Las Vegas. It will be Bey’s first bout since testing positive for high levels of testosterone in his last fight. Molina is coming off a decision loss.
Denver-based junior welterweight Mike Alvarado, who gained revenge over Brandon Rios with a unanimous decision victory in March, could return in October for a hometown fight on HBO.
Manny Pacquiao is being sought by an advocate to help lead the battle against the prostitution of children in the Philippines. “You can count on me to help,” congressman Pacquiao told a group of abused girls in his native country.