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.
Featherweight standout Mikey Garcia made his junior lightweight debut a successful one by getting up from an early knockdown and dominating Rocky Martinez to an eighth-round KO on Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas. In the co-featured bout of the show, Nonito Donaire scored a come-from-behind ninth-round stoppage of old rival Vic Darchinyan.
Jamaican featherweight contender Nicholas Walters stopped Alberto Garza in the fourth round, and featherweight Oscar Valdez came up with a fifth-round knockout over Jesus Lule Raya.
RingTV.com has a live round-by-round update of tonight’s featherweight rematch during which former RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire scored a ninth-round TKO over ex- flyweight and 115-pound beltholder Vic Darchinyan.
The fighters line up for this weekend’s show in Texas, which will include Nonito Donaire-Vic Darchinyan, Roman Martinez-Mikey Garcia, and Demetrius Andrade-Vanes Martirosyan. Photos by Chris Farina-Top Rank.
Nonito Donaire answers his fans’ questions about his move to featherweight, his rematch with Vic Darchinyan, his desire to avenge his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux, and potential showdowns with stablemates Evgeny Gradovich and Mikey Garcia (who were training Robert Garcia’s gym in Oxnard, Calif., during the REAL TALK interview). Also see clips of Donaire working the mitts with his recently reunited father.
Puerto Rico’s Roman “Rocky” Martinez will put his WBO junior lightweight belt on the line against RING featherweight champion Mikey Garcia on Saturday.
Vic Darchinyan on Nonito Donaire: “I’m going to come and expose him and show to all of the world that I can beat him, and not only just beat him, but I can beat him easily.”
Mikey Garcia discussed his techinical yet hard-hitting boxing style on an HBO-produced video for the Boxing After Dark series. “It’s exciting for the fans to watch me… I’m a very technical fighter, but with a lot of power behind my punches.”
Junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade on Saturday’s bout with fellow contender Vanes Martirosyan: “I am going to beat him down for three minutes of every round. I am going to make a statement that I’m the best 154-pound fighter in the world.”
Nonito Donaire will be the next guest on RingTV’s REAL TALK video feature, which gives the fans an opportunity to interview their favorite fighters. The three-division titleholder will take on Vic Darchinyan on Nov. 9 on HBO in their long-awaited rematch.