By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of June 24th to July 1st, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Mayweather Announces Next Fight
Floyd Mayweather Speaking at the BET Awards in Los Angeles, he said: ‘September 13, back to business, Marcos Maidana vs Floyd Mayweather Part II.
‘Then in May, I’ll have a big surprise for you.’
Uber Partners with SMS Promotions for Annual 50 Cent Birthday Bash
Uber has partnered with 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions to offer a special deal for first time Uber users attending this Wednesday night’s second annual “50 Cent Birthday Bash) airing live on a special edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from the Grand Theater in Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Uber will provide new Uber users a free ride (up to $20) to fight attendees on behalf of SMS Promotions.
In the main event junior lightweight Mark “Too Sharp” Davis (18-0) will take on Michael Farenas (38-4-4) in an IBF title eliminator. Billy Dib (36-3) will also be on the card, he’ll be moving up to junior lightweight to face Alberto Garza (26-7-1) in the co-feature of the night.
Erislandy Lara Looking Sensational in Sparring
The Showtime PPV matchup between Canelo Alvarez (43-1-1) and Erislandy Lara (19-1-2) for the WBA Super Welterweight Championship is two weeks away. Lara has been actively sparring for this bout and reports indicate he has looked good in sparring. Lara offered the following comments before his world title bout.
“My sparring partners are pushing me with numerous styles and I’m adapting to all of them comfortably,” Lara said. “I told them to come extra hard to prepare me for the pressure Canelo is going to bring. I feel great and my timing is right on.”
“I know Canelo is training hard for this fight, as am I, but unfortunately for him, there is nothing he can do to surprise me. He’s going to find out on July 12 that I’m the superior fighter. His insecurities as a fighter will surface on fight night—that I can guarantee.”
Chisora Ready to Smash Fury’s Body
Dereck Chisora roared “There’s no place for Fury to hide” at his latest media workout as he prepares for his bout with rival Tyson Fury at Manchester’s Phones 4 U Arena on Saturday, July 26th. Chisora claimed that he will be looking to chop Fury down to size with body shots.
“He’s a big guy and I’ll be looking to smash his body up with my punches,” said Chisora. “He’ll definitely fall from a body punch, he won’t be able to stand the head that I’ll be brining, I’ll be chopping him down like a tree.”
He went on further to state, “There’ll be no place for him to hide in that ring and I’ll be hunting him down until he’s got nowhere to go and I’ll nail him, but the time I’ve finished with him he’ll be the size of me!”.
“I don’t want to hear any excuses from him after the fight, he better be ready because he’s getting knocked out.”
Road to Golovkin/Geale Premieres Saturday, July 12th
HBO Boxing’s “Road to Golovkin/Geale”, a special examining the upcoming middleweight title fight between undefeated champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0) and two-time champ Daniel Geale (30-2), premieres on Saturday, July 12th on HBO. This bout will take place at Madison Square Garden on July 26th and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Frampton vs. Martinez Fight Announced
A press conference will be held on Wednesday July 2nd at Testbed 1 in Battersea in London for the upcoming IBF World Super Bantamweight Title fight featuring Carl Frampton challenging champion Kiko Martinez. This bout will be televised live and exclusive on Box Nation. The date and time of this title bout will be announced.
Emanuel Taylor vs. Karim Mayfield Set for July 18th
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Paramount in Huntingdon, New York on Friday, July 18th with ESPN Friday Night Fights. It will be headlined by a ten round junior welterweight bout between Emanuel Taylor and Karim Mayfield.
The co-feature will feature “The Hebrew Hammer” Cletus Seldin of Long Island in an eight round junior welterweight bout against an opponent to be announced.
Tickets will be available at www.starboxing.com
Chilemba vs. Cummings Co-Feature for August 2nd Co-Feature
Light heavyweight Isaac Chilemba (22-2-2) will return to Atlantic City to face Cory Cummings (17-6-1) as the non-televised co-feature of the August 2nd fight between Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1) and Blake Caparello (19-0-1) on August 2nd at the Revel Casino Hotel.
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, “This fight will not be televised in the United States, so we have a really nice light heavyweight double header exclusively for the fans in attendance at Revel on August 2nd. Issac Chilemba is a piece of our plan for the division and I’m excited to see what he can do against a big puncher like Cummings.”
Darleys Perez Captures WBA Interim Lightweight Title
Darleys Perez (30-1) captured the WBA Interim Title with a victory against Argenis Lopez (17-1) on Saturday night in the Dominican Republic. Perez outworked Lopez and won by decision with scorecards of 116-1112, 117-111, and 117-111.
“I knew I had to give it my all to come out here and earn a decision,” said Perez. “I felt like I was in control of the fight from the very beginning. I never let up and kept coming strong with controlled pressure. I know my promoters, Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing have some big plans for my future, so I’m going to just enjoy this win and get back to work when I get home. I’m happy to bring this title home to Colombia.”
Michael Perez’s Contract About to Expire
In late April Michael Perez defeated Jorge Romero to defend his 2013 WBA Feda Lating Championship. Perez has a record of 20-1-2 and is ranked number 16 in the junior welterweight division.
Perez is currently signed with Golden Boy Promotions, but his contract is due for renewawl and he is entertaining several offers from promotion and management companies.
Kenneth Sims Jr. & Eduardo Martinez to Return on July 11th
Gary Shaw Productions and Antonio Leonard Promotions have announced the return of two of their highly touted prospects, Kenneth “Bossman” Sims Jr. (2-0) will go against Evan Woolsey (2-2) and Eduardo Martinez (2-0) will box Lavale Wilson (1-3). Both boxers will fight on July 11th, 2014 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington as part of an ESPN Friday Night Fights card.
Middleweights Tureano Johnson (14-1) and Mike Gavronski (14-0-1) will face off in the middleweight division in the main event of the night and lightweights Art Hovhannisyan (17-1) and Jonathan Maicelo (20-1) will meet in the co-feature of the night.