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.
Like most observers and fans, Juan Manuel Marquez believes Saturday night’s fight against Mike Alvarado is sure to be a war.
Most of the fighters involved in the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana, Leo Santa Cruz-Cesar Seda, Keith Thurman-Jesus Soto Karass and Beibut Shumenov-Tamas Kovacs matchups promised fireworks on Saturday at The Alamodome in San Antonio.
Keith Thurman: “I remember when I was 11 years old, and for Christmas, I got this boxing book and it had all of the great fighters in it. I remember flipping through those pages and saying to myself, ‘Man, it would be something if your name was in a book like this some day.'”
Keith Thurman: “You can doubt me as much as you want, but you are going to watch me throughout my career climb that ladder and reach the destination that I foresaw, and the one that I told you about, and that’s Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.”
Jesus Soto Karass on his fight with Andre Berto: “The bottom line is that I want to win. Yes, I’m going to give a great performance, like I always do. I’m ready to die in the ring like every Mexican.”
Trainer Virgil Hunter on Andre Berto: “When he came out with the shoulder roll and things like that against Guerrero, I had never seen him do it. So I just stressed to him that it was important to him to have his own identity.”
Andre Berto says that in his upcoming fight with Jesus Soto Karass he wants to be “that complete fighter…the really sharp Andre Berto that can put together that speed and that power and be effective defensively.”
Reflecting on his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Robert Guerrero says he learned “that I can compete with the best fighters in the world” and “gained a lot of experience on what it will take to fight a guy who never stops moving around the ring.”
When Angel Garcia, father and trainer of Danny Garcia, watches Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Ruben Gerrero work their sons’ corners on Saturday, he will “watch for who can stay focused, and who can keep their son focused right along with them.”
Former 140-pound titleholder DeMarcus Corley, who once rocked Floyd Mayweather in a fight, believes that Mayweather will endure Robert Guerrero’s roughhouse tactics, break him down and perhaps stop Guerrero on Saturday night.
Robert Guerrero “may have God on his side,” writes Gareth Davies of The Daily Telegraph, London, “but Floyd Mayweather has the God-given gifts.” Forty boxing insiders give their picks and analyses on the big fight.