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.”
Undefeated heavyweight puncher Deontay Wilder has served as a sparring partner for undisputed champion Wladimir Klitschko, and could be in line for the WBC title owned by Klitschko’s older brother, Vitali Klitschko.
The late Emanuel “Manny” Steward trained Thomas Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Mike McCallum among his seemingly endless list of current and former world champions.
Undefeated featherweight Gary Russell Jr., who is the mandatory challenger for WBO titleholder Orlando Salido: “I’m ready for my first world title fight and can not wait for the fight to get made.”
Abner Mares grew up poor and fending for himself in the streets but is now a married father of two girls and the wearer of championship belts in three divisions.
Undefeated heavyweight KO artist Deontay Wilder could be on a collision course with the winner of a Sept. 6 bout between Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola if he defeats Sergei Liakhovich on Friday.
Featherweight Gary Russell Jr.: “When my career is over with, either I’ll become this great champion that everyone says that I have the potential to be, or I’ll be a prima donna…Half the people that criticize me, they can’t beat the people that I’m in the ring with anyway.”
Mike Tyson will be inducted into the Nevada Hall of Fame on Aug. 10, along with former titleholder Mike McCallum and the late Diego Corrales.
Welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi and middleweight contender Danny Jacobs will appear in separate fights at The Barclays Center in their native Brooklyn on Oct. 20.