Lomachenko-Russell ordered for vacant 126 belt

By Dan Rafael Featherweights Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. were ordered by the WBO on Thursday to fight for the organization’s vacant 126-pound belt.

Source: ESPN

    

Zab Judah plans to return June 1 in Russia, talks Porter-Malignaggi fight

By Scott Christ

Former 140- and 147-pound champ Zab Judah says he’s going to prepare soon for a June 1 trip to Russia, where he’ll fight on Alexander Povetkin’s undercard.

Zab Judah, 36, is coming off of back-to-back losses in 2013 to Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi, but the Brooklyn-born ex-champion isn’t looking to hang up the gloves any time soon, as he says he’s preparing to return in June with a trip to Russia. In recent years, we’ve seen a market in Russia for faded American stars, such as Roy Jones Jr and Nate Campbell.

Courtesy Chris Robinson at HustleBoss.com, video below:

On his next fight: “We’re back at it June 1st. I think I’m gonna go a doubleheader in Russia with Povetkin. Povetkin’s going to fight. I don’t know who yet, but we’re looking to make a big impact and stay focused. Just keep doing what we’ve got to do, and that’s it.”

On whether or not he was at his best against Malignaggi: “I ain’t gotta say it, the world’s gonna say it. Everybody that knows Zab and knows how I get down, and knows my situation, 18 years strong in the game, you have ups and downs in life. This is why I became the five-time champ of the world, because I’ve been able to show you can go down, but you can come back.”

On how he feels physically: “My body feels fresh. I still feel great. I’m blessed.”

On Porter vs Malignaggi: “It’s gonna be a good fight. Paulie can box, Shawn’s gonna bring it, he’s gonna bring the pressure. It should be very interesting in how the outcome turns out. But I wish both of those guys success and wish them the best.”

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Oscar De La Hoya: No update on Robert Guerrero, Victor Ortiz’s future, and credit due to Adrien Broner

By Scott Christ

Golden Boy owner Oscar De La Hoya discusses the status of Robert Guerrero, the future of Victor Ortiz, and some credit he feels is due to Adrien Broner.

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Tony Thompson: All opponents are a threat to Tyson Fury because he can’t fight

By Scott Christ

Tony Thompson faces Odlanier Solis this weekend in Istanbul, but he’s still got Tyson Fury on his mind, and he still doesn’t have good thoughts about the British heavyweight.

After a pair of wins in 2013 against David Price, American heavyweight veteran Tony Thompson called out Tyson Fury repeatedly, but the challenges weren’t answered. Thompson, who lost to Kubrat Pulev in August 2013 and faces Odlanier Solis on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey, still has Fury on his mind.

“He is a loudmouth guy, he’s talking his way into big fights and hasn’t done anything,” said Thompson. “At least David Price’s people had the gumption and balls to put him in with a live heavyweight. Tyson has never been in the ring with anyone like me,” said Thompson.

“All of his opponents pose a threat to him simply because he can’t fight. But they haven’t put him in there with anyone who is capable of exposing him, although a few people almost did it. If Cunningham was a legitimate heavyweight he would have stopped Fury easily. A couple of other guys would have beat his ass.”

Thompson (38-4, 26 KO) is focused for the time being on Solis, however, as he should be.

“I’m excited,” said Thompson. “If Odlanier comes in in good shape I think it will be a good fight for the fans. I’m looking forward to the fight and am excited for the fans and also myself because I can get back in at number two.

“Solis is a legitimate guy and I can’t afford to take my attention of him for a minute. I’m not thinking of anyone except Solis but once that fight is over I want anyone that is going to get me closer to Wladimir, those are fights I want. The fight with Solis makes me number two in the IBF, that’s one fight away from the mandatory shot again.”

Solis (20-1, 13 KO) is famous for being a great amateur in Cuba, and for not always staying in shape as a professional — in fact, one could say he’s rarely truly been in shape in the pros.

“Tony Thompson doesn’t know what’s coming for him. My only goal is to become heavyweight champion of the world. And I won’t let anybody stop me on my way. I will beat Tony Thompson and go on to become world champion,” Solis said.

BoxNation will televise the Solis-Thompson card in the United Kingdom tomorrow at 3:00 pm EDT / 8:00 pm UK time. BLH will have live coverage of the show.

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Golden Boy finalizes April 3 heavyweight triple-header on FOX Sports 1

By Scott Christ

Veteran Monte Barrett will be back to face Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz in the main event of a triple-header on April 3.

Luis Ortiz will face veteran Monte Barrett in the main event of an all-heavyweight triple-header on April 3, live on FOX Sports 1 and promoted, of course, by Golden Boy.

Ortiz (20-0, 17 KO) is a 34-year-old Cuban southpaw, nicknamed “The Real King Kong.” Standing 6’4″, Ortiz has the size and style to be a potential contender in the division, but Barrett, 42, is a legitimate step up in competition, too. Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KO) hasn’t fought since July 2012, when he was knocked out by Shane Cameron in the fourth round in New Zealand. That followed a pair fights — a draw and a Barrett win — against David Tua. Barrett is 1-4-2 in his last seven fights.

Also on the card, unbeaten prospect Gerald Washington (11-0, 8 KO) will face Houston’s Skipp Scott (16-1, 10 KO), and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale (9-0, 9 KO) will look to continue his stoppage and win streaks against Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13 KO).

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Ruslan Provodnikov returns to HBO on June 14, Andrade-Rose could be co-feature

By Scott Christ

Ruslan Provodnikov will headline an HBO card on June 14, as was expected, and the co-feature could be a 154-pound title fight between Demetrius Andrade and Brian Rose.

Ruslan Provodnikov will return to make the first defense of his WBO junior welterweight title on June 14, with HBO televising the fight. An opponent has not yet been determined, but that has been the rumored date for a bit now.

The show could feature two WBO world title bouts, as Demetrius Andrade, another of Artie Pelullo’s fighters, may make his defense against Brian Rose on the same night. Bob Arum works with Pelullo to promote Provodnikov’s fights on HBO, but says the Andrade-Rose fight is Artie’s call, and that Pelullo does want to do it.

Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO) enjoyed a breakout year in 2013, losing a close decision to WBO welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley in what many felt was the Fight of the Year, then lifting the 140-pound belt from Mike Alvarado with a dominant performance in October, in Alvarado’s hometown of Denver.

Andrade (20-0, 13 KO) also fought twice in 2013, beating Freddy Hernandez in January, and then winning a split decision over Vanes Martirosyan to claim the vacant WBO junior middleweight title in November. Rose (25-1-1, 7 KO) is a 29-year-old fighter from Blackpool, England, who beat Prince Arron in 2011 for the British title at 154 pounds, defending it successfully three times and keeping a busy schedule. He’s gone 7-0 since beating Arron, including three wins last year over Joachim Alcine, Alexey Ribchev, and Javier Maciel.

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Shannon Briggs harasses Wladimir Klitschko during training

By Scott Christ

43-year-old former heavyweight titleholder Shannon Briggs says he’s back, and used Wladimir Klitschko’s gym time to announce it to the world.

Shannon Briggs is back, or at least that’s what he says in the video below, where he challenges Wladimir Klitschko to a fight there and then in the gym, being held back by a few folks and led out of the gym while yelling about Klitschko only fighting bums.

Via Fight News:

Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KO) hasn’t fought since he was manhandled by Vitali Klitschko in 2010, and hasn’t scored a notable victory since 2006, when he scored a TKO-12 at 2:59 of the final round against Siarhei Liakhovich to win the WBO title in a fight Liakhovich would have won on the cards.

For whatever it’s worth, Briggs, 43, does look in great shape, from what can be seen in the video. That said, for all the posturing and bluster Briggs throws Wladimir’s way, it’s Klitschko who steals the show in the clip, calmly responding to Briggs’ challenge to step outside.

“I’m coming,” Wladimir says, eliciting some laughs. “Give me 45 minutes.”

Briggs had this to say on Instagram:

They saying I went Mr.T on #wladimirklitchsko but I say that’s nothing. I sat back for 3 plus years and watched all these so called young guns and bums play I’m the next champ. Truth is they the next chump that Wladimir loves to fight and punish. One hit they go nite nite forget to thank Jesus ( only when they win do they give thanks ) then they say I’ll be back. No you won’t. I did what I did today because it’s personal and because heavyweight boxing sucks thanks to Wladimir himself and his wack ass brother with they boring ass flights. Yeah Vitali he won a fight against me. With one arm. And he couldn’t stop nor drop me. One arm for twelve and that was light. Follow me follow Wlady. #wladimirklitchskoscaredofme

Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO) is currently preparing for an April 26 defense of his Ring Magazine, WBA, WBO, and IBF titles, against Alex Leapai.

Source: Bad Left Hook