Argenis Mendez’s controversial second-round knockout loss to Rances Barthelemy on Jan. 3 in Minneapolis has been overturned and ruled a “no-decision” by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, restoring Mendez as the IBF’s junior lightweight titleholder.
Heavyweight Artur Szpilka is expected to arrive in Chicago on Friday night for his Jan. 25 bout against Bryant Jennings after having received his visa from the United States Embassy in Poland. The Jennings fight will be part of the Mikey Garcia-Juan Carlos Burgos HBO broadcast.
Promoter Leon Margules remains “optimistic” about the resolution of the paperwork issues that caused Artur Szpilka to be returned to Poland by The Department of Homeland Security after the heavyweight, who is scheduled to fight Bryant Jennings on Jan. 25 in New York, arrived to Chicago on Sunday.
Marcos Maidana’s manager, Sebasian Contursi, believes his fighter would make for a more exciting bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. than would Amir Khan.
WBC cruiserweight titleholder Krzysztof Wlodarczyk knocked out Giacobbe Fragomeni in the seventh round of their third meeting on Friday in Chicago. Local light heavyweight standout Andrzej Fonfara stopped Samuel Miller in the co-featured bout.
Newly crowned IBF junior middleweight titleholder Carlos Molina on a potential fight with former champ Canelo Alvarez: “I’m not happy with just having the title, I want to defend it successfully, and get all of the title belts. Fighting somebody like Canelo would help me to do that.”
Promoter Artie Pelullo calls newl WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov “the most exciting fighter in the business.” He wants the Russian bomber to face Tim Bradley in a rematch or the winner of Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios.
WBC cruiserweight titleholder Krzysztof Wlodarczyk will have his third fight with Giacobbe Fragomeni, whom he has stopped and battled to a draw.
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.
Undefeated featherweight contender Javier Fortuna and former welterweight beltholder Kermit Cintron will highlight an Aug. 2 card in Miami, Ok., in separate bouts.
Junior middleweight contender Carlos Molina could challenge IBF beltholder Ishe Smith in July, according to his promoter, Leon Margules.
Rapper 50 Cent was granted a promoter’s license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, although Floyd Mayweather Jr. is apparently no longer considered a partner in the company.
Unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa could land on the Dec. 8 Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV card opposite Miguel Beltran Jr.