Fighters on the “Featherweight Fury” card gathered for one last photo op before the opening bells in Macau, China. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
Participants in this Saturday’s fights — Nonito Donaire-Simpiwe Vetyeka, Nicholas Walters-Vic Darchinyan and others — arrived at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China, to do battle. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
RingTV.com asked 19 boxing insiders who will win the Simpiwe Vetyeka-Nonito Donaire WBA featherweight title bout on Saturday. Vetyeka, the defending beltholder, is coming off a career-best victory over long-reigning Chris John. Donaire has looked shaky in his last two bouts.
Nonito Donaire will try to continue his recovery from the Guillermo Rigondeaux loss by facing WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka on a Macau card that will also feature top-5 126-pounders Evgeny Gradovich and Nicholas Walters.
Top Rank is starting to compile its spring and summer schedule, with two big fights on tap. Find out what Bob Arum thinks about both fights.
Nonito Donaire Jr. will try to win a world title in his fourth division when he faces IBF featherweight titleholder Simphiwe Vetyeka on May 10 at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China. Former 108-pound and flyweight titleholder Brian Viloria will fight on the undercard.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum wants to see former champion Nonito Donaire back in the ring in Macau, possibly against WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka, with supporting bouts featuring Brian Viloria and Nicholas Walters.
Stuart Hall will make the first defense of his IBF bantamweight title against Martin Ward on March 29 in Newcastle, England. Also, Ryan Songalia has news on a boxing fundraising event in Manila on May 24 to benefit victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
There is a “strong chance” that WBA featherweight beltholder Simphiwe Vetyeka will make his first title defense against Japanese contender Akifumi Shimoda on Feb. 22, Vetyeka’s manager Andile Sidinile tells RingTV.com.
Last week was a slow one for worldwide boxing action, but there was one major development in THE RING’s division ratings. Due to testing positive for a banned substance following his unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios has been dropped from the junior welterweight rankings.
Fans share their opinions on Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent and his Fighter of the Year worthiness, Manny Pacquiao’s pound-for-pound longevity, a mythical matchup between Archie Moore and Bernard Hopkins, and Nonito Donaire’s RING ranking (or lack of) in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
Marcos Maidana’s bruising unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner was the overwhelming choice for Upset of the Year in RingTV’s year-end award poll. [Editor’s note: this is not THE RING magazine’s official choice for Upset 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.”
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.
The manager of RING junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is looking for a big fight off the heels of his dominant victory over Joseph Agbeko last week. Gary Hyde says Rigondeaux will fight any top 122-126 pounder provided they don’t weigh too heavy on fight night.