Part two of “10 fights that cemented Roberto Duran’s legend,” compiled by RingTV.com’s resident historian Lee Groves, chronicles five of Hands of Stone’s greatest victories, spanning 15 years – from Duran’s pound-for-pound prime to his time as a middle-aged underdog title challenger.
Ring of Fire, the story of Emile Griffith, will air on Friday at 10 p.m. on The MSG Network.
Negotiations are ongoing for an early September fight between heavyweights Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola.
Fans are still buzzing about Gennady Golovkin and the undefeated WBA middleweight titleholder’s future. Dougie is asked to give his thoughts on a number of matchups (potential and mythical) for Golovkin as well as other fan friendly fights in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
Donny Lalonde discusses his fateful catchweight bout with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1988 and how weight issues figured into the outcome, and offers his thoughts on the practice of inventing new weight limits for fights today.
Sugar Ray Leonard, who fought Donny Lalonde at a catchweight, talks about the Floyd Mayweather-Saul Alvarez fight and catchweight, adding “If there is any opportunity to beat Mayweather, it’s now.”
Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin claims that he will handle unbeaten WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin in similar fashion to how Bernard Hopkins knocked out then-undefeated Felix Trinindad in the 12th round.
Tavoris Cloud’s trainer, Abel Sanchez — who trained Terry Norris to brutally defeat Sugar Ray Leonard — says his fighter is “about to retire another legend on Saturday night” when Cloud faces 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins.
Washington, D.C.’s Charlie Brotman served as a publicist for Sugar Ray Leonard, and will, yet again, preside over the Inaugural Parade when President Barack Obama is sworn in on Jan. 21.
Unbeaten WBC titleholder Adrien Broner said he first met Sugar Ray Leonard as a 10-year-old, when the Hall of Famer autographed a photo for him and offered a huge compliment.
Sugar Ray Leonard on Adrien Broner: “I’ve been watching this kid, man, and this kid, man, he’s a talent. That kid has it. He’s one of those rare fighters that has the entire package. He has everything.”