Saul Alvarez: “On Saturday, after defeating [Austin] Trout, I will raise my hand and my belt and will be thinking of my brother. That belt is his.”
Florida welterweight standouts Andre Berto and Keith Thurman are schedueld to fight in separate bouts on a Showtime-televised card in July. Berto will face veteran gatekeeper Jesus Soto-Karass; Thurman will fight fellow unbeaten puncher Diego Chaves.
Heavyweight Johnathon Banks was advised by Wladimir Klitschko not to face Seth Mitchell after having suffered a broken right thumb during a sparring session on Monday.
Heavyweight Johnathon Mitchell has suffered an apparent thumb injury that will force him out of a Feb. 16 rematch with Seth Mitchell, whom he knocked out in the second round in November.
Super middleweight contender Sakio Bika could face Nikola Sjekloca for the WBC’s interim belt on Feb. 16, according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.