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.
Strength and conditioning guru Angel Hernandez claims that trainer Freddie Roach has accused Juan Manuel Marquez of having used performance enhancing drugs out of fear that his fighter will defeat Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night.
Rapper 50 Cent was granted a promoter’s license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, although Floyd Mayweather Jr. is apparently no longer considered a partner in the company.
The Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV undercard could feature undefeated featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa. An IBF lightweight title bout between beltholder Miguel Vazquez and Mercito Gesta is reportedly “done” for the PPV show.
Miguel Vazquez retained his IBF lightweight title for the fourth time with an uneventful and unpopular split decision over Marvin Quintero in the opening bout of HBO’s Boxing After Dark broadcast from Verona, N.Y., on Saturday.