Referee Steve Smoger, who officiated the Lucas Matthysse-Lamont Peterson fight, says Matthysse is “the hardest puncher at 140 (pounds) that I’ve ever been in with.”
Zab Judah’s take on why there has been no press conference or weigh-in staredowns with Danny Garcia: “Always remember: A monkey can never look a lion in the face.”
Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola meets Bermane Stiverne in a March 9 eliminator bout for the right to face Vitali Klitschko.
Challenger Mikey Garcia weighed 125.6-to-126 for WBO featherweight titleholder Orlando Salido.
Juan Manuel Marquez’s sixth-round knockout of Manny Pacquiao will be among “Boxing’s Best” on HBO, a series comprised of seven major showdowns to be featured over five days beginning on Christmas.
Austin Trout wished his 88-year-old great grandmother, Dorothy Johnson, “Happy birthday ‘Nanna’ Johnson,” after Saturday night’s unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cottto.
Steve Smoger believes that Paulie Malignaggi “resurrected his career and re-invented himself” with last Sunday’s ninth-round knockout that dethroned Vyachelav Senchenko as WBA welterweight titleholder.
Paulie Malignaggi on his knockout of Vyacheslav Senchenko: “Considering all of the pressure in this fight, and considering the circumstances surrounding this fight, you could make a case that this was my best and most complete performance.”
Steve Smoger wanted to allow Antonio Margarito to come out for the 10th round against Miguel Cotto, and would not have penalized Amir Khan for pushing against Lamont Peterson.
Concerns about a premature stoppage against Miguel Cotto based on Antonio Margarito’s eye issues may be quelled by the appointment of refreee Steve Smoger.