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.
Last week was a slow one for worldwide boxing action, but there was one major development in THE RING’s division ratings. Due to testing positive for a banned substance following his unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios has been dropped from the junior welterweight rankings.
Marcos Maidana edged Manny Pacquiao for Comeback of the Year honors in RingTV.com’s year-end award poll. [Editor’s note: this is not THE RING magazine’s official choice for Comeback of the Year. The magazine’s official year-end awards for 2013 will be announced in the March edition.]
Junior featherweight contender Kiko Martinez is finally in a position to call the shots in his career after signing with middleweight champ Sergio Martinez’s promotional company and winning the IBF title. He faces mandatory challenger Jeffrey Mathebula on Saturday in Elche, Spain.
Carl Frampton continued his assault on the junior featherweight division with a sixth-round thrashing of Frenchman Jeremy Parodi on Saturday in Belfast. The undefeated Irish star now targets the winner of the Dec. 21 IBF title bout between Kiko Martinez and Jeffrey Mathebula.
After a promotional change earlier in the year and a fight postponement due to injury, undefeated junior featherweight contender Carl Frampton is ready to make up for lost time. The popular Belfast native, who fights Jeremy Parodi in his hometown on Saturday, has set sights on UK rival Scott Quigg and newly crowned IBF beltholder Kiko Martinez.
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.”
Former two-time bantamweight titleholder Joseph Agbeko informed RingTV.com on Sunday that he has split from promoter Don King and is in search of a big fight in the junior featherweight division.
Kiko Martinez spoke to RingTV.com the day after his thrilling sixth-round TKO of Jhonatan Romero, which earned him the IBF 122-pound title. The new beltholder spoke about the upset victory, his recent loss to Carl Frampton, and about being in the same division as Guillermo Rigondeaux and Nonito Donaire.
Few thought Kiko Martinez would beat Jhonatan Romero, but he stopped the undefeated favorite to win the IBF 122-pound title. He says middleweight champ (and new manager) Sergio Martinez believed in him. “Sergio was one of the only people to call me after I lost to Carl Frampton, a low point in my life. Sergio told me it was going to get better. He’s an inspiration to me.”
British middleweight standout Darren Barker did not box as effectively as he wanted to during his rousing title bout with Daniel Geale but he refused to wilt when the going got tough and lifted the Aussie’s IBF title.
Relentless junior featherweight contender Kiko Martinez swarmed Jhonatan Romero en route to a hard-fought sixth-round stoppage to lift the previously unbeaten Colombian’s IBF title on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J.
Vitali Klitschko, who has been busy in politics and nursing a hand injury, has been given until March to make the mandatory defense of his WBC heavyweight title against Bermane Stiverne.
HBO’s Jim Lampley says there might be an interesting matchup to be made between RING junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and the winner of Saturday night’s bout between IBF beltholder Jhonathan Romero and Kiko Martinez.
RING junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia says of No. 1-rated Lucas Matthysse, who challenges him on Sept. 14: “If he’s not careful, he’s gonna get hurt.”
Undefeated junior featherweight titleholder Jhonatan Romero spoke to RingTV.com before he left for Atlantic City where he will defend his IBF belt against Kiko Martinez on Saturday in the co-featured bout to the Daniel Geale-Darren Barker fight on HBO. The classy Colombian boxer spoke about his tough upbringing.