HBO’s exiting Larry Merchant: “I’m proud to be associated with so many talented people who made us into a groundbreaking network.”
The Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV undercard could feature undefeated featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa. An IBF lightweight title bout between beltholder Miguel Vazquez and Mercito Gesta is reportedly “done” for the PPV show.
Don King’s $1.1 million purse bid to promote the Chris Arreola-Bermane Stiverne WBC heavyweight eliminator bout doubled that of counterpart Dan Goossen.
Vanes Martirosyan could face Erislandy Lara in a junior middleweight eliminator bout for the right to face WBC beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
To follow-up his second stoppage of Juan Manuel Lopez, WBO featherweight titleholder Orlando Salido will face Oscar Bravo in a non-title junior lightweight bout on July 28.
Luiz Lazarte has been banned from participating in IBF-sanctioned bouts for threatening a referee during his foul-filled fight with Johnriel Casimero. After being penalized a point for rabbit punching, Larzarte asked referee Eddie Claudio: “Do you want to get out of here alive?”
Johnriel Casimero was bitten by Luis Lazarte during their fight and suffered concussions as a result being struck by debris during a post-fight riot which resulted in rib injuries to team member Sean Gibbons after Casimero’s upset victory.