RING featherweight champ Mikey Garcia answered his fans’ questions about moving up to the 130-pound division to face WBO titleholder Rocky Martinez and future showdowns with Cuban stars Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Garcia, however, is focused on Martinez, who he expects to give him a hard fight.
Ruslan Provodnikov’s mother traveled from Russia for what is both her first trip to the U.S. and the first time she will be ringside to watch her son as he battles Mike Alvarado on Saturday.
Mike Tyson is excited about promoting his first boxing show, which will be televised on this week’s Friday Night Fights, but when asked if he can learn anything about the business from former promoter Don King, the former heavyweight champ got a little bitter. “I can learn how to manipulate my fighters and take advantage of them and tell them lies,” Tyson said.
Negotiations are ongoing for an early September fight between heavyweights Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola.
Oscar De La Hoya on Floyd Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: “Mayweather will stand in the pocket and fight. He’ll run and he’ll box, but he’ll also stay in the pocket and fight, which can make him vulnerable to being hit.”
Miguel Cotto could be closing in on a date for his ring return this year, and the list of possible opponents includes a lot of heavy hitters.
Olympic gold medalist and former featherweight beltholder Yuriorkis Gamboa will meet Colombia’s Darley Perez in an HBO-televised lightweight match on June 8 in Montreal.
Abner Mares: “I actually added something different to my training camp, and it’s called ‘Mexican Judo.’ It’s ‘ju-don’t know if I’m going to box, or ju-don’t know if I’m going to brawl, but you do know that I’m going to win.'”
RING junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is expected to be ringside for Saturday night’s clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Unbeaten super middleweight Anthony Dirrell will end a 17-month ring absence when he returns on May 3 in a Fox Sports Net-televised bout against an opponent to be determined at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Yuriorkis Gamboa will return to the ring for a clash of unbeatens against Colombian Darley Perez on the June 8 card that also features RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson against Adonis Stevenson.
Former WBC 122-pound titleholder Abner Mares on his upcoming fight with Daniel Ponce de Leon on the Mayweather-Guerrero card: “I’m taking this big step and I hope that we can steal the show that night.”
Will junior lightweight contenders Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Carlos Burgos fight in June on HBO at lightweight? It’s being considered. Other bits and pieces, Brooklyn-based junior middleweight prospect Frank Galarza signs with Delvin Rodriguez’s manager.