Once-beaten junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan has signed with Goosen Tutor Promotions. He’ll make his debut under his new promoter March 21 on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
Sergio Martinez has agreed to defend his RING middleweight title against Miguel Cotto on June 7. Now all that’s left is for Cotto to agree as well.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum publicly criticized Guillermo Rigondeaux again for being boring. Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde responded to Arum in a letter obtained by RingTV.com.
There is a “strong chance” that WBA featherweight beltholder Simphiwe Vetyeka will make his first title defense against Japanese contender Akifumi Shimoda on Feb. 22, Vetyeka’s manager Andile Sidinile tells RingTV.com.
Sergio Martinez on defending his middleweight title against Miguel Cotto: “I’m very interested in the fight, but I’m the champion and Cotto is the challenger. I would love to fight Cotto, but I need to be treated with dignity.”
Former junior middleweight contender James Kirkland reclaimed his place as one of the sport’s most fascinating, fan-friendly fighters by topping previously unbeaten Glen Tapia in six thrilling and brutal rounds on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. Many fans thought the fight should have been stopped sooner.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said that he expects Canel Alvarez to make a decision regarding his next opponent potentially as early as next week, with Miguel Cotto being the young former champ’s desired rival.
Miguel Cotto is considering a confirmed package of at least $10 million from Golden Boy Promotions to face Canelo Alvarez, but a widely-reported offer of $15 million to fight middleweight champ Sergio Martinez is unconfirmed.
Brazilian silver medalist Esqiuva Falcao, whose older brother signed with Golden Boy in October, inked a promotional deal with rival Top Rank.
Brandon Rios on Manny Pacquiao: “He’s in there with a live dog, he’s not in there with a little puppy… I’m going to be a motherf___ing pit bull mixed with a Great Dane, mixed with a Rottweiler, mixed with a Bull Terrier…”
Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios have each been randomly tested twice by The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, according to a statement released by the organization.
Juan Diaz, who recently turned 30, fights unheralded Juan Santiago on Saturday on the Mike Alvarado-Ruslan Provodnikov undercard. The former unified lightweight titleholder, who took two years off, says he’s motivated again to regain world-class form and a world title.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s comeback fight against Bryan Vera was supposed to be a super middleweight bout, but it’s clear that Chavez has little intention to make 168 pounds for their HBO-televised showdown on Saturday. How heavy will “Junior” weigh? Fans will have wait until Friday’s weigh-in to find out.