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.
Sharif Bogere hopes to follow in the footsteps of other African boxers who have won major titles in recent decades, such as Ike Quartey and fellow Ugandan Kassim Ouma, when he challenges Richard Abril for the WBA lightweight belt on Saturday.
IBF lightweight beltholder Miguel Vazquez will face WBO counterpart Ricky Burns as part of an EPIX-televised quadrupleheader on March 16.
Entering Saturday night’s fight with Jorge Arce, Nonito Donaire said his Filipino fans are “in pain,” many imploring him to “Do it for Manny,” and “Lift our country back up again” in the wake of Manny Pacquiao’s sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.