The featherweight showdown between Gary Russell Jr. and Vasyl Lomachenko isn’t the main event of Showtime’s tripleheader on Saturday but the back story of the WBO title bout and its fascinating style matchup is what everyone is talking about.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum had planned to be on the line for a Tuesday conference call promoting the Showtime-televised bout between Golden Boy’s Gary Russell Jr. and Top Rank’s Vasyl Lomachenko — that is, he says, until Showtime requested he not take part.
Bob Arum said that a Thursday meeting with his stepson and Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya has “totally repaired” the Top Rank CEO’s acrimonious relationship with long-time promotional rival De La Hoya.
Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya dismissed rumors of company in-fighting with CEO Richard Schaefer during a media conference call on Wednesday, and also left open the potential for working with Bob Arum, with whom De La Hoya began his professional career.
A Top Rank attorney says he will “vigorously defend” the promotional company’s rights against what he called a “baseless” lawsuit filed by Mikey Garcia. The WBO junior lightweight titleholder’s lawsuit claims his contract with the Las Vegas-based promoter is illegal and has expired.
Karim Mayfield is 33 years old and has to fight for a world title. But he’s hoping that a win over Thomas Dulorme on HBO on Saturday leads to a big opportunity.
Featherweight veteran Alejandro Perez has a stay busy fight against Juan Carlos Martinez on Saturday in Las Vegas, televised by UniMas. Should he get through it without a hitch, a shot at top-10 contender Nicholas Walters awaits on May 31.
Vanes Martirosyan says he is ready to move on to a new chapter in his boxing career with a new promotional and training team behind him when he faces Mario Alberto Lozano in the main event of this week’s Friday Night Fights on ESPN2.
The promoters of featherweight standouts Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. — rivals Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions — must begin negotiations to stage a WBO title bout between the two, the sanctioning organization ordered on Thursday.
Despite his lack of professional experience and the political unrest in his native Ukraine, former amateur superstar Vasyl Lomachenko is confident and focused going into his WBO featherweight title bout against rugged veteran Orlando Salido on Saturday.
RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto have agreed in principle to a June 7 fight on HBO Pay Per View at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Top Rank President Todd duBoef confirmed to RingTV.com on Thursday.
After watching younger brother Jessie stop Roberto Castaneda in five rounds, Diego Magdaleno knocked out Jorge Pazos in the fourth round of a scheduled 10-round bout on Saturday at the C. Robert Lee Activities Center in Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.
Highly touted Brazilian prospect Esquiva Falcao, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, makes his pro debut tonight in Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. The bout will be televised by UniMas in the United States and on SproTV in Brazil.