Junior lightweight standout Rances Barthelemy scored a brutal and controversial second-round knockout of Argenis Mendez, which netted him the IBF junior lightweight title, in the main event of 2014 season premiere of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights on Friday in Minneapolis, Minn.
Trainer Virgil Hunter believes Amir Khan “can shock the world” and defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. if his fighter gets a shot at the reigning welterweight and junior middleweight champ on May 3.
Junior lightweight beltholder Argenis Mendez spoke to RingTV.com about his IBF title defense against Rances Barthelemy on Friday, training camp with his new trainer John David Jackson, his upbringing and amateur career in the Dominican Republic and his thoughts on the 130-pound division.
Marcos Maidana’s manager, Sebasian Contursi, believes his fighter would make for a more exciting bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. than would Amir Khan.
Mike Tyson will star in an HBO documentary on Saturday night before joining Jim Lampley as co-host for the live telecast of the Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez fight.
According to trainer Robert Garcia, first-time welterweight Brandon Rios is looking good ahead of his Nov. 23 bout with Manny Pacquiao, exhibiting knockout power and better speed in his sparring sessions.
Mike Tyson’s signing of U.S. amateur standout Erickson Lubin to his new promotional company, Iron Mike Productions, caught the ire of the USA Boxing program, which has struggled during the last two decades. Did Tyson do anything wrong? Mike Coppinger doesn’t think so.
A recent statement from Amir Khan was sent out to dispel the rumor that he has pulled out of a potential match-up against Devon Alexander on Dec. 7 to take a fight against Floyd Mayweather in May.
HBO’s Jim Lampley on the Florida Commission, judging and Saturday’s Miguel Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez fight: “It is unfair for Florida to be on the griddle for problems that came up in Nevada and California….Now, here they are, basically having to carry water for the whole sport on Saturday night on the subject of judging.”
Heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder is preparing as if he will be fighting on the Oct. 26 Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat card on Showtime from Atlantic City.
Miguel Cotto will look to be busier and return to his “bread and butter” body attack against Delvin Rodriguez, according to trainer Freddie Roach.
What would have happened if Mike Tyson fought George Foreman, if Oscar De La Hoya fought Kostya Tszyu or if James Toney fought Gerald McClellan? Here’s a list of 10 elite showdowns that could have taken place at one time but didn’t for various reasons. Anson Wainwright asked three top matchmakers to tell us what might’ve happened if they had.
The bottom five of Lee Groves’ 10 list of notable showdowns between unbeaten fighters were Curry-McCrory (10), Calzaghe-Kessler (9), Frazier-Foreman I (8), Holmes-Spinks I (7) and Gomez-Zarate (6). What fights make up the top five? Read on and find out.
Gennady Golovkin spoke to RingTV’s Bill Emes (in improving English) about what he hopes is a “historic” clash with fellow puncher Curtis Stevens at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2. “It’s a great fight for everybody,” said the undefeated WBA middleweight titleholder. “Stevens is strong with American, New York style. Look at him, he’s like Mike Tyson.”
Arash Usmanee battled IBF junior lightweight titleholder Argenis Mendez to a controversial majority draw on Friday night in Verona, N.Y. Scores were 114-114 twice, and 115-113 Usmanee. It was the main event of ESPN2’s final Friday Night Fights show of 2013.
Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says that undefeated WBA middleweight beltholder will make short work of Curtis Stevens should a deal come to fruition for the duo to meet on Nov. 2 on HBO.