By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of April 29th to May 6th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Alvarez vs. Lara Presser Announces PPV Bout
On Tuesday May 6th Showtime will present the announcement presser for the Saturday July 12th PPV matchup between Canelo Alvarez and WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Erislandy Lara at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa Announced
There will be a press conference on Thursday, May 8th to announce a WBO Lightweight Title fight between Terence Crawford (23-0) and Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0) at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The press conference will be open to the public. The doors will open to the public at noon.
This bout will be held in Omaha on Saturday, June 28th at the Century Link Center. It will be televised live on HBO at 10:00 p.m. ET. This will be the first world championship fight held in Omaha since Joe Frazier defended his title against Ron Stander in 1972.
Stiverne vs. Arreola Fight Week Schedule
Bermane Stiverne and Cristobal Arreola are set to face off for the WBC Heavyweight Title on Saturday, May 10th at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. This bout is set to be broadcast on ESPN. On Tuesday May 6th the fighters will be holding media workouts open to the public at the Men’s Basketball Practice Court at the USC Galen Center. Arreola is scheduled to workout at 2:30 p.m. and Stiverne is scheduled to work out at 3:30 p.m. The official weigh in is also open to the public. The weigh ins will be held at the Raddison Hotel in Los Angeles at 2:00 p.m.
On fight day the doors will open at 3:00 p.m. at the first undercard bout begins at 3:30 p.m. The ESPN broadcast will begin at 5:00 p.m. All times are Pacific time.
Mayweather vs. Maidana to be Broadcast on Showtime
Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s exciting victory over Marcos Maidana will premiere on Showtime on Saturday, May 10th at 9:30 p.m. during Showtime’s free preview weekend. Showtime will also be broadcasting Amir Khan’s victory over Luis Collazo will also be shown.
It appears that both Maidana and Khan are the lead candidates for Mayweather’s next fight.
2 Days: Sergio Martinez Premieres Saturday, May 17th
HBO Sports debuts a new installment of “2 Days” on May 17th at 12:30 a.m. with a behind the scenes look at world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. 2 Days: Sergio Martinez premieres immediately following the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast from the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Martinez is scheduled to return to the ring on Saturday, June 7th at Madison Square Garden on HBO Pay Per View.
Horseshow Casino in Cincinnati to Host Championship Fight Night May 29th
Horseshow Casino and R&R Promotions have partnered to bring Championship Fight Night to the casino on May 29th. It will be hosted by Adrien Broner and Aaron Pryor Sr. The main event will be between Brandon Bennet (17-1) defending his super featherweight title. Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7) will also be fighting in the co-feature as he defends his super middleweight title. William Jackson (11-2-1) will also be defending his welterweight title.
Marvin Cordova Jr. Ready to Make a Comeback
Marvin Cordorva Jr. (21-2-1) served a three year prison term for crimes he was arrested for in April of 2010. He is now set to make a comeback at the age of 29.
“I made some unwise decision as a young man growing up,” said Marvin Cordova Jr. “I did time with lifers in some of the worst prisons in America. Being locked up with those types of people really opened my eyes. I’m really sorry for the things I did in the past. I took my freedom for granted and I’ve learned from my mistakes. I’m eager to get back in the ring and continue my boxing career.”
Cordova had a successful amateur career and defeated the likes of Danny Jacobs, Andre Berto, Lamont Peterson, Anthony Dirrell, Mike Alvarado, and Austin Trout in the amateurs.