Ruslan Provodnikov’s mother traveled from Russia for what is both her first trip to the U.S. and the first time she will be ringside to watch her son as he battles Mike Alvarado on Saturday.
Trainer Abel Sanchez said Gennady Golovkin “is the best middleweight ever besides Sugar Ray Robinson and maybe Bernard Hopkins.”
Three-division titlewinner Miguel Cotto is expected to arrive in Las Vegas on Thursday to discuss potential future fights with Top Rank, which promoted last his one-sided third-round TKO of Delvin Rodriguez last Saturday.
Miguel Cotto’s third-round stoppage of Delvin Rodriguez ranks as the highest drawing cable fight of 2013 so far.
HBO’s Jim Lampley on the Florida Commission, judging and Saturday’s Miguel Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez fight: “It is unfair for Florida to be on the griddle for problems that came up in Nevada and California….Now, here they are, basically having to carry water for the whole sport on Saturday night on the subject of judging.”
Alan Massengale ponders the seemingly apathetic attitude Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has toward his boxing career in the wake of the potential super star’s controversial decision over Bryan Vera. Will the son of the Mexican legend get it together in time to make a megafight with Andre Ward?
HBO commentator Jim Lampley says the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera fight was a close contest but Vera “controlled the flow of the fight,” adding “98-92 is way off base. It just wasn’t that kind of a fight; 97-93 doesn’t seem right to me either.”
RingTV’s Alan Massengale and super middleweight champ Andre Ward gave their thoughts on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s controversial 10-round decision over Bryan Vera after the fight at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Ward, who said Vera got the “short end of the stick,” said he’s looking forward to a fight with Chavez after his Nov. 16 title defense against Edwin Rodriguez.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was able to weigh in just under the renegotiated weight limit of 173 pounds for his HBO-televised fight with Bryan Vera at Friday’s weigh-in in Los Angeles. Chavez weighed 172.4 pounds. Vera, who was prepared to weigh-in at or under 168 pounds, came in at 171.2.
Bryan Vera has agreed to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a weight as heavy as 173 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in and no telling how heavy on Saturday when they fight. The honest veteran from Texas will be compensated well for his concessions, but is it in his best interest to go through with the fight?
Former titleholder Jean Pascal will appear on the undercard of Saturday’s HBO-televised clash between RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and Tavoris Cloud.