If he gets beyond a mandatory title defense against Karo Murat in July, IBF light heavyweight beltholder Bernard Hopkins would like to face Carl Froch or Lucian Bute. (This story also contains a video of Hopkins accepting Gennady Golovkin’s challenge.)
RING, WBA and WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward said “I can’t wait to get back out there and perform for all my fans” after having endured surgery on his right shoulder on Friday.
Andre Ward on his shoulder injury: “I’ve still got many great years left in this sport. I’m just ready to get on the other side of this procedure and to get back to work.”
Fights involving multi-belt winners Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley are part of the plans of Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer for the year 2013.
An injury to unbeaten English welterweight Kell Brook could force the postponement of his scheduled Jan. 19 clash with IBF beltholder Devon Alexander.
Former RING light heavyweight and middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins is being targeted for a comeback on March 9 opposite 175-pound titleholders Nathan Cleverly, Beibut Shumenov or Tavoris Cloud.
Former junior featherweight titleholder Rico Ramos will attempt to rebound from his first loss when he meets undefeated Efrain Esquivias on June 23.
Tavoris Cloud: “I had a bad night. So maybe this fight right here with Gabriel Campillo will make guys actually come out and start to fight Tavoris Cloud.”
Nobuhiro Ishida looks to shock the world again by defeating Paul Williams on Feb. 18, while Williams is eager to make the most of his long-awaited return to the ring.
Tavoris Cloud: “Promoters don’t want their fighters to fight me because we’re in a recession, and their fighter could be hospitalized…they could get stuck with a huge hospital bill.”
Tavoris Cloud believes Jean Pascal is opting for shot at Beibut Shuemov, but an offer from Lucian Bute could ease his disappointment if that fight comes to fruition