Mikey Garcia was ringside in Macau, China, as promotional and training stablemate Brandon Rios lost by unanimous decision to welterweight Manny Pacquiao. Later, word reached Top Rank CEO Bob Arum that Garcia had aspirations of one day facing Pacquiao.
Fans selected the undefeated Kazakhstani KO-machine from a crowded field of contenders for 2013’s highest individual honor. [Editor’s note: this is not THE RING magazine’s official choice for Fighter of the Year. The magazine’s official year-end awards for 2013 will be announced in the March edition.]
Referee Laurence Cole discussed his role in the very physical, action-packed fight during which Marcos Maidana unanimously decisioned Adrien Broner for the WBA’s welterweight belt.
Robert Garcia on Marcos Maidana’s win over Adrien Broner: “We were ready to throw 100 punches a round. We know that’s the only way to beat somebody like Adrien Broner, or that’s the way to beat somebody like Floyd Mayweather [Jr.,]. That’s the way [Roberto] Duran beat Sugar Ray Leonard.”
Heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Artur Szpillka will meet in a clash of unbeatens in the Jan. 25 co-featured to Mikey Garcia’s WBO 130-pound title defense agaisnt Juan Carlos Burgos on HBO.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer on Marcos Maidana-Adrien Broner: “I would like to see a rematch. I would like a rematch at the Alamodome. There is no rematch clause.”
Most of the fighters involved in the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana, Leo Santa Cruz-Cesar Seda, Keith Thurman-Jesus Soto Karass and Beibut Shumenov-Tamas Kovacs matchups promised fireworks on Saturday at The Alamodome in San Antonio.
WBA welterweight titleholder Adrien Broner has a speedy boxing style that usually troubles challlenger Marcos Maidana, who may employ an aggressive strategy that once stymied Broner. RingTV.com polled 25 boxing insiders/fans about whose style will prevail on Saturday.
Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will face Juan Carlos Candelo on the undercard of the Dec. 14 main event featuring Adrien Broner against Marcos Maidana.
Ultra-talented flyweight Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez debuted at No. 1 in THE RING’s 112-pound rankings following an impressive second-round KO of Oscar Blanquet. Demetrius Andrade climbed the junior middleweight rankings with a points victory over Vanes Martirosyan.
Fans share their thoughts on this past Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark show, Mikey Garcia, Nonito Donaire and Demetrius Andrade, as well as the Carl Froch-George Groves showdown and the divide between boxing purists and “blood thristy ghouls” in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
Bob Arum told RingTV.com that a return bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera could happen on March 1 in either Texas or Las Vegas. The Top Rank CEO also said that he woudl like to match Nonito Donaire with undefeated featherwieght puncher Nicholas Walters.