Mark E. Ortega

RingTv image Hand injury delays ring return of Erik Morales

Hand injury delays ring return of Erik Morales

Erik Morales suffered a hand injury that forced him to withdraw from his Mar. 22 bout against Jorge Paez Jr., which was supposed to take place in Monterrey and end a 17-month absence. Jose Cotto may take the Mexican legend’s place against Paez.

RingTv image Diaz continues comeback on Alvarado-Provodnikov undercard

Diaz continues comeback on Alvarado-Provodnikov undercard

Juan Diaz, who recently turned 30, fights unheralded Juan Santiago on Saturday on the Mike Alvarado-Ruslan Provodnikov undercard. The former unified lightweight titleholder, who took two years off, says he’s motivated again to regain world-class form and a world title.

RingTv image Frampton in search of bigger challenges

Frampton in search of bigger challenges

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.

RingTv image Bits & Pieces: Provodnikov likely to go without Roach

Bits & Pieces: Provodnikov likely to go without Roach

Ruslan Provodnikov’s manager Vadim Kornilov told RingTV.com on Wednesday that the Russian slugger, who fights Mike Alvarado on Saturday, will likely do so without his noted trainer Freddie Roach in his corner. Roach is in the Philippines, training Manny Pacquiao for Brandon Rios.

RingTv image Mayweather-Canelo media day notes

Mayweather-Canelo media day notes

RingTV.com contributor Mark E. Ortega attended both the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez media days this week, compiling the following notes on their anticipated mega-fight, now just two weeks away.

RingTv image Donaire contemplated retirement, talks comeback, Rigondeaux, HBO

Donaire contemplated retirement, talks comeback, Rigondeaux, HBO

Nonito Donaire told RingTV.com that he contemplated retirement during his Fighter-of-the-Year run in 2012. The former three-division champ also spoke about his future training plans with Robert Garcia, his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux and HBO’s decision not to televise the crafty Cuban southpaw.

RingTv image Bits & Pieces: A Top Rank boxing weekend

Bits & Pieces: A Top Rank boxing weekend

Mark E. Ortega compiled notes on Jessie Vargas, Matt Korobov, Karim Mayfield, Alfonso Gomez and others while covering the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights show in Las Vegas and the UniMas Solo Boxeo card in Inglewood, Calif., on Saturday.

RingTv image Remembering Lenny LaPaglia

Remembering Lenny LaPaglia

RingTV.com’s Mark E. Ortega remembers Lenny LaPaglia and the middleweight slugger’s epic brawl with Art Jimmerson. LaPaglia, a popular 1980s TV fighter who fought out of Chicago and New York, passed away Saturday in his home in Illinois at age 53 from a heart attack.

RingTv image Final chapter, final Page likely written for former champ

Final chapter, final Page likely written for former champ

James Page’s second chance at a decent life ended along with his ill-fated recent comeback following an 11-year prison stint when the former WBA welterweight titleholder was arrested in connection to six bank robberies that took place around the Bay Area over the past six months.