Danny Garcia will defend his RING junior welterweight belt against Erik Morales after his father and trainer, Angel Garcia, said initially that Morales’ positive drug test would prevent that from happening. A third test of Morales “came back negative,” according to Garcia.
Legendary Mexican champion Erik Morales heard Angel Garcia, the father and trainer of rival, Danny Garcia, question his heart, curse his mother and challenge his own father and trainer to a fight.
Declaring that he “had a very good training camp,” Erik Morales says he’s “ready” to regain the WBC 140-pound title he lost to Danny Garcia in March. Garcia-Morales II tops a Showtime-televised quadrupleheader from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday
Amir Khan said he and trainer Virgil Hunter “discussed the fact that I am an offensive fighter, but now it is time to be a smart fighter, to win fights with my brain.”
Former IBF/WBA junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan will return to the ring in December against California’s Carlos Molina on Showtime under a new trainer in Virgil Hunter somewhere in the United States.
Two-time welterweight titleholder Andre Berto could challenge IBF junior middleweight beltholder Cornelius Bundrage on Nov. 24, although he’s been mentioned as a potential rival to WBO 147-pound titlewinner Tim Bradley on Dec. 15.
The hard-fought, 10-year career of Robbie Peden will be recognized this Friday when the Olympian and former world titleholder is inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.
Trainer Freddie Roach does not believe that Amir Khan’s fourth-round knockout loss had anything to do with Khan’s parting with strength and conditioning guru Alex Ariza, a former assistant to Roach.
Freddie Roach on his conversation with Amir Khan: “I had a very nice breakfast with Shah Khan and Amir. So we had a nice meeting yesterday, and no one talked about getting fired.”
Danny Garcia and Amir Khan wll be subjected to random drug testing of blood and urine by the United States Anti-Doping Agency leading up to their July 14 fight, which currently is for the WBC and WBA titles.
Manny Pacquiao on how long he will continue fighting: “When it is no longer enjoyable and when my skills begin to decline, my trainer Freddie Roach has promised to tell me it is time to end it.”
Undefeated featherweight contender Mikey Garcia has a fan base that spans the border between the U.S. and Mexico, plus the skills and pedigree that he believes will soon make him a world champion.
Juan Manuel Marquez is driven by his zeal for a fourth bout with Manny Pacquiao: “That’s the single factor is that I want the rematch. I want the rematch with Manny. The factor that returned me to this sport is that I want the rematch.”
Carlos Molina’s loss to James Kirkland marks the second controversial verdict in Texas that a fighter affiliated with attorney/promoter Leon Margules has received.