A deal has been reached for a catchweight five pounds above the original limit for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera on Saturday, raising questions of fairness and fighter safety. HBO’s Jim Lampley gives his take on the son of Mexico’s most famous boxer.
As late as Wednesday morning, the weight at which Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera was up for question, once again bringing up the question of Chavez’s discipline issues.
Bob Arum defended Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s use of marijuana and use of the drug in general during a media conference call on Tuesday. “I want to go on record as saying that there is nothing wrong with smoking pot,” Arum said during the call.
Miguel Cotto will look to be busier and return to his “bread and butter” body attack against Delvin Rodriguez, according to trainer Freddie Roach.
Of the thought of victory over Danny Garcia on Sept. 14, Lucas Matthysse said, “I would be on top of the world.”
WBO junior welterweight titleholder Mike Alvarado says he’s ready for the pressure of defending his belt against Ruslan Provodnikov before a hometown crowd.
Ruslan Provodnikov said that his loss to WBO welterweight beltholder Tim Bradley has prepared him for victory against WBO junior welterweight titleholder Mike Alvarado on Oct. 19.
The upcoming bouts in October veaturing Juan Manuel Marquez versus Tim Bradley and Mike Alvarado against Ruslan Provodnikov, followed by the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios fight in November, could lead to a round robin between the welterweights and 140 pounders.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be honored as Male Fighter of The Year by the Nevada Hall of Fame on Saturday, where the first inductees wil include Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard, as well as trainers Eddie Futch and Freddie Roach.
RING featherweight champion Mikey Garcia could rise into the junior lightweight ranks to challenge WBO beltholder Roman “Rocky” Martinez.
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell on his pending showdown with veteran Chris Arreola: “I think that the only chance that he does have to beat me is to be the bull and that’s what I expect.”
Junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov expects to train alongside Miguel Cotto in preparation for his Oct. 19 bout with WBO beltholder Mike Alvarado.
Although Manny Pacquiao acknowledges “feeling a little pressure” entering his November clash with Brandon Rios, the eight-division titlewinner said, “I think the question that needs to be asked is, ‘Is Rios ready for me?’”
Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will engage in the first stop of a seven-city promotional press tour on Saturday in Macau, China. The press conference will be streamed live starting at midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT from the Venetian Macao in Macau.