Lem Satterfield’s latest notebook bring us details on the return of Mercito Gesta after a year-and-a-half away from the ring.
Tall, lanky Ukrainian Viktor Postol stopped Selcuk Aydin at 2:52 of the 11th round of a junior welterweight fight on the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado card to solidify his position as the WBC’s No. 1-ranked contender.
The Vernon Paris-Cleotis Pendarvis fight scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to May 23, while featherweight standouts Efrain Esquivias and Oscar Valdez have been added to fight cards in April and May. Francisco Salazar has more Southern Cali. boxing notes.
Light heavyweight Sean Monaghan scored a fifth-round stoppage of Joe McCreedy, and Olympic silver medalist Esquiva Falcao scored a unanimous decision over super middleweight Ethan Pena on Saturday night at the MGM Grand on the undercard of Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao II.
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.
Juan Manuel Marquez said he is “done” with Manny Pacquiao, which is why he chose to face Tim Bradley on Oct. 12 rather than a fifth fight with Pacquiao. Bradley, who turned down a rematch with Pacquiao, says Marquez is a “new challenge.”
Fighters from the undercard of Saturday’s Bradley-Provodnikov matchup — including Jessie Vargas, Jesse Magdaleno, Andy Ruiz and Oscar Valdez — held a media day workout in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Mexican amateur sensation Jose Ramirez participated in his first workout under the Top Rank banner at The Wild Card in Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday, and will make his professional debut on the Dec. 8 undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV.