Originally slated to be on the Mayweather-Alvarez undercard, Shawn Porter’s rematch with Julio Diaz will happen Thursday on Fox Sports 2, and for the brand-conscious Porter that’s a plus: “I have my own show,” he said.
The anticipated Sept. 14 Showtime Pay Per View event co-headlined by Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse will be joined by a third title fight between Ishe Smith and Carlos Molina, as well as a welterweight bout matching Ashley Theophane against Pablo Cesar Cano.
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell on his pending showdown with veteran Chris Arreola: “I think that the only chance that he does have to beat me is to be the bull and that’s what I expect.”
Negotiations are ongoing for an early September fight between heavyweights Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola.
Devon Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham, is hopeful that his fighter will get a talked-about matchup with former 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan, who he calls a “confused” fighter. Cunningham thinks Alexander, the IBF weltewreight beltholder, would “destroy” the British star.
Devon Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham: “Amir Khan sounds good to us, and if he wants to get his chin checked at welterweight, then Devon will be the first to oblige him.”
Freddie Roach prefers Manny Pacquiao to fight Brandon Rios over Mike Alvarado: “I think that Rios is probably a better fight, action-wise.” Roach is being inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse has aligned himself with powerful boxing advisor Al Haymon ahead of his May 18 showdown with Lamont Peterson.
UK middleweight amateur standout Anthony Ogogo says he wants to inspire fans the way Ricky Hatton did, and emulate the success of British middleweights Alan Minter, Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn. The 2012 Olympic medalist turns pro under Amir Khan-Julio Diaz on Saturday.
Tranquillity in the gym appears to be the key to Amir Khan’s comeback. The former 140-pound titleholder says the quiet atmosphere of new trainer Virgil Hunter’s gym has him focused to succeed against next foe, Julio Diaz, who he faces in Sheffield, England on Saturday.
Junior middleweight contender Carlos Molina could challenge IBF beltholder Ishe Smith in July, according to his promoter, Leon Margules.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect, Deontay Wilder, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist takes a mark of 27-0 with as many knockouts into an April 27 clash against aging 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison.
Florida welterweight standouts Andre Berto and Keith Thurman are schedueld to fight in separate bouts on a Showtime-televised card in July. Berto will face veteran gatekeeper Jesus Soto-Karass; Thurman will fight fellow unbeaten puncher Diego Chaves.