A lot of Karl Dargan’s friends from the amateurs are now top-tier professionals — two of them RING champions. He intends to join them, but his next hurdle will be tonight on “Friday Night Fights” against Tony Luis.
Despite coming off a loss, Henry Lundy remains a victory or two from receiving a title opportunity. The gritty Philly native will help his case significantly if he can defeat Petr Petrov on Friday in Verona, N.Y. The fight is a 10-round co-feature of this week’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights.”
Despite being dropped twice in the seventh round, junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux slugged his way out of trouble and stopped Hisashi Amagasa in the 11th.
In just his eighth pro fight, Japanese prodigy Naoya Inoue became a two-division world titleholder with a dominant win over 112-pound mainstay Omar Narvaez.
Fighter of the Year contender Naoya Inoue will get a chance at a third big win in 2014 when he steps up two divisions to face long-time WBO junior bantamweight titleholder Omar Narvaez on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Metropolitan Gym in Tokyo, Japan.
Sonya Lamonakis might be the best boxer in female boxing’s sparsest weight class – the heavyweight division. The New York City-based school teacher, who recently earned a major title belt, is helping to bring her overlooked weight class to life by engaging in the first meaningful fights the division has hosted in years.
For the second time in his career Steve Martinez will be matched against a fellow prospect when he meets Christopher Pearson on Friday at the Illusions Theater in San Antonio in a junior middleweight bout that will be televised by Showtime.
Jean Marc Mormeck, a 42-year-old former cruiserweight champ, retired from boxing after dropping a majority decision to Polish standout Mateusz Masternak on Friday in Hauts-de-Seine, France. Mormeck’s pro career spanned nearly 20 years.
Filipino flyweight prospect Joebert Alvarez will take a significant step-up in competition on Saturday when he faces WBO/WBA beltholder Juan Estrada in a non-title match in Estrada’s hometown of Hermosillo, Mexico. Alvarez’s trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. says he’s ready.
After dominating previously unbeaten Chris Aglieri to one of the most lopsided decision victories ever, Manny Pacquiao turned his attention to another unbeaten rival whom he has circled for the past several years – Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Manny Pacquiao weighed 143.8 pounds, just under the catchweight of 144 pounds for his WBO welterweight title bout against Chris Algieri, who came in slightly over at 144.2 at Saturday morning’s weigh-in in Macau. Algieri returned to the scale and checked in at 143.6.
As Jessie Vargas prepares for a tough fight against Antonio DeMarco on the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri undercard, rumors of his being a future opponent for Pacquiao have surrounded him. However, Vargas says he’s firmly focused on DeMarco.
Chinese star Zou Shiming will compete in his first 12-round bout on Saturday when he faces unbeaten Thai Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym. Should Zou win, Bob Arum says he’ll match him with IBF flyweight titleholder Amnat Ruenroeng on Feb. 14 in Macau.
Junior flyweight champ Donnie Nietes stopped Carlos Velarde after Round 7 to retain his RING/WBO titles on Saturday in Cebu City, Philippines. Former 105-pound beltholder Merlito Sabillo and 122-pound prospect Albert Pagara scored wins on the undercard.
Kubrat Pulev is fuming after members of his promotional group, Sauerland Event, were denied access to the final press conference for his bout with RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on Monday afternoon.
Tomasz Adamek admitted that his days as a heavyweight contender may be over after he lost a unanimous decision to Artur Szpilka on Saturday at the Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland.