Junior lightweight Juan Antonio Rodriguez outworked late-sub Yenifel Vicente en route to a majority decision in the main event of a Friday Night Fights show in Tacoma, Wash. Former contenders Zahir Raheem and Lateef Kayode also won on the ESPN2-televised card.
Unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz has signed a co-promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions and Dade Promotions.
Adrien Broner plans to “light up” Marcos Maidana “like a Christmas tree” on Dec. 14. Broner, the WBA welterweight beltholder, defends his title against the hard-punching Maidana in the headliner of a Showtime card in San Antonio.
According to trainer Robert Garcia, first-time welterweight Brandon Rios is looking good ahead of his Nov. 23 bout with Manny Pacquiao, exhibiting knockout power and better speed in his sparring sessions.
Former titleholder Antonio Tarver will return from what will have been a 17-month ring absence against Mike Sheppard on Nov. 26.
Manny Pacquiao on Juan Manuel Marquez: “Our strategy this time is more aggressiveness and of course to develop and to improve the strength more, and also focus on the speed. We have the side-to-side movement. I’m not worried about his strength.”
Future hall of fame boxer/promoter Roy Jones, now helping to promote Paul Spadafora, wants to see the former lightweight titleholder challenge Robert Guerrero and eventually Floyd Mayweather. He also says he’ll fight Lateef Kayode or any cruiserweight titleholder.
Former light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver has been informed of his right to appeal his year-long suspension in the wake of his positive drug test for the anabolic steroid drostanolone.
Antonio Tarver will not work his regular post as color commentator for Showtime during Saturday night’s telecast in the wake of his recent positive drug test for the anabolic steroid drostanolone.
Showtime commentator and former light heavyweight titleholder Antonio Tarver has been suspended and fined $2,500 after a positive drug test for the anabolic steroid drostanolone.
Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode met the press after holding Antonio Tarver to a draw in the “Four Warned” quadrupleheader main event on June 2. Kayode’s manager Steve Feder also made comments.