Readers share their thoughts on the Jean Pascal-Lucian Bute fight, heavyweight Mike Perez’s plans, the merits of Miguel Cotto’s career, Chris Eubank’s ring entrances and the best fighters to turn pro after 1990, among other subjects, in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
Jean Pascal faces Lucian Bute on Saturday on HBO. With a win in the Canadian super fight, Pascal eyes a title shot against Adonis Stevenson next.
Lucian Bute was not surprised when informed that 21 of 22 insiders polled by RingTV.com picked Jean Pascal to beat him in their light heavyweight fight on Saturday in Montreal on HBO, but the former super middleweight beltholder remains confident of victory.
RingTV.com polled 22 boxing insiders as to their thoughts on what will transpire in the anticipated Jean Pascal-Lucian Bute light heavyweight showdown that takes place Saturday in Montreal on HBO.
Following his loss to Carl Froch and struggle to beat Denis Grachev, Lucian Bute has had his doubters — including himself — but says his will to win is as strong as ever going into the biggest fight of his career.
In honor of this Saturday’s Jean Pascal-Lucian Bute light heavyweight showdown in Montreal, RingTV.com’s resident historian Lee Groves profiled the 10 best fights – in terms of story line, historical significance and in-ring action – to take place in the Quebec-province city.
Promoter Yvon Michel said that he expects to announce plans for RING/WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson as early as next week.
Unbeaten Andrew Gardiner has replaced injured super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen as light heavyweight prospect Eleider Alvarez’s opponent on the Lucian Bute-Jean Pascal undercard in Montreal.
HBO has made a doubleheader out of the Jan. 18 Championship Boxing telecast featuring a 175-pound matchup between former champs Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal and a heavyweight showdown between undefeated prospect Mike Perez and once-beaten Carlos Takam.
WBA middleweight beltholder Gennady Golovkin “beats” RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward if they were to meet, according to Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, who ranks the 160-pounder behind Sugar Ray Robinson and Bernard Hopkins as the best in the division’s history.
South African light heavyweight Thomas Oosthuizen has suffered a motorcycle accident that will take him off a Jan. 18 card featuring Jean Pascal against Lucian Bute.
Magomed Abdusalamov is expected to begin rehabilitation on Monday, according to his promoter, Nathan Lewkowicz.
The WBC has ordered the promoters of Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola to begin free negotiations for a rematch for the WBC heavyweight title that was vacated by Vitali Klitschko earlier this month. Stiverne unanimously decisioned Arreola in April.
Mike Perez will wear the name of Magomed Abdusalamov, who was left in a coma following last month’s brutal bout between the two, when he returns to the ring against Carlos Takam on Jan. 18.
RingTV.com spoke to Sakio Bika before his WBC super middleweight title defense against Anthony Dirrell on Saturday. The rugged veteran shared his thoughts on winning a major belt, the best fighters he’s faced, his upbringing and his rough style: “I always come to fight and give the fans what they want.”
Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday’s bout with Zab Judah: “Back in the Roman times, you never knew who you fought, but you fought to the death. Sometimes, you probably did have to fight your friend and it was either him or you.”