IBF lightweight beltholder Miguel Vazquez and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming weighed in on Friday for Saturday’s card in Macau. Vazquez came in at 134.8 pounds, the same as his challenger Denis Shafikov. Shiming weighed 111.8 pounds.
IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez has quietly carved out a successful career in recent years but his cagey technical style turns off some fans. Vazquez, who defends against unbeaten Denis Shafikov on Saturday in Macau, hopes a victory earns him fights fans want to see.
Fighters for the Feb. 22 show in Macau arrive and stage public workouts. The card includes lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez vs. Denis Shafikov, plus Olympic gold medalists Ryota Murata, Egor Mekhontsev and Zou Shiming.
IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez will attempt to defend his title for the sixth time when he faces undefeated Russian contender Denis Shafikov in Macau. The card will also feature three Olympic gold medalists in separate bouts.
WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley: “I feel that I’m finally going to get my just due. I feel that I am finally one of the best fighters in the world.”
Juan Manuel Marquez said he was “scared of the judges more than” Tim Bradley during the post-fight press conference for their WBO welterweight title bout that Bradley won by split decision on Saturday in Las Vegas.
WBO lightweight titleholder Ricky Burns will head into a unification contest later this year against IBF beltholder Miguel Vazquez in spite of a title harrowing defense in which he escaped with victory against mandatory challenger Jose Gonzalez in Glasgow.
Billy Nelson, the trainer of WBO lightweight beltholder Ricky Burns talks about Burns’ Saturday title defense against Jose Gonzalez, plus future fights with fellow titleholders Miguel Vazquez and Adrien Broner, which Nelson says could happen at 140 pounds.
RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will return to EPIX for a May 4 defense against Francesco Pianeta. The fight will follow a string of notable Europe-based world title bouts on the U.S. network.
Tim Bradley on Ruslan Provodnikov: “Absolutely, I’m looking to make a statement in this fight. I’m looking to do some damage to this guy.”
WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley will be out to overwhelm March 16 rival Ruslan Provodnikov, who has served as a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao and scored knockouts in four of his five straight victories.
Golden Boy Promotions has big plans for Adrien Broner’s next fight, which could be a 135-pound unificiation bout with Ricky Burns or a jump to welterweight to face Paulie Malignaggi, but the unbeaten WBC lightweight beltholder won’t discuss his potential opponents.