Abel Sanchez, the trainer of WBA middleweigiht beltholder Gennady Golovkin, gave RingTV.com’s Lem Satterfield his thoughts on the stacked middleweight division. A showdown between Golovkin and fellow puncher Curtis Stevens is close to being finalized for Nov. 2.
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell on his pending showdown with veteran Chris Arreola: “I think that the only chance that he does have to beat me is to be the bull and that’s what I expect.”
“I don’t think that he’s done at all,” trainer Tony Morgan said of the future of his former fighter Andre Berto, who was knocked out by Jesus Soto Karass on Saturday. “Sometimes, a fighter has to ask himself is it the man in your corner or the man in the mirror?”
Mike Tyson will be inducted into the Nevada Hall of Fame on Aug. 10, along with former titleholder Mike McCallum and the late Diego Corrales.
Negotiations are ongoing for an early September fight between heavyweights Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola.
Devon Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham, is hopeful that his fighter will get a talked-about matchup with former 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan, who he calls a “confused” fighter. Cunningham thinks Alexander, the IBF weltewreight beltholder, would “destroy” the British star.
Trainer Virgil Hunter on Andre Berto: “When he came out with the shoulder roll and things like that against Guerrero, I had never seen him do it. So I just stressed to him that it was important to him to have his own identity.”
Andre Berto says that in his upcoming fight with Jesus Soto Karass he wants to be “that complete fighter…the really sharp Andre Berto that can put together that speed and that power and be effective defensively.”
Junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara spoke to the media about his dramatic 10th-round TKO of Alfredo Angulo, who scored two knockdowns. Prospect Jermell Charlo also spoke, as did Angulo’s trainer Virgil Hunter, who made classy remarks on behalf of his injured fighter.
Freddie Roach prefers Manny Pacquiao to fight Brandon Rios over Mike Alvarado: “I think that Rios is probably a better fight, action-wise.” Roach is being inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Tranquillity in the gym appears to be the key to Amir Khan’s comeback. The former 140-pound titleholder says the quiet atmosphere of new trainer Virgil Hunter’s gym has him focused to succeed against next foe, Julio Diaz, who he faces in Sheffield, England on Saturday.
Former 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan could get a stiff test from former 135-pound titleholder Julio Diaz on April 27 in Khan’s native England.
IBF beltholder Lamont Peterson on Kendall Holt: “At the end of the day…I don’t think that he will be able to bite down like I’m going to be able to.”