Lucas Matthysse’s reputation as a hard-hitting fighter is well-earned – he is 33-2 with 31 knockouts. That’s a knockout ratio of 86 percent.
Lamont Peterson knows all about Matthysse, so he realizes that when he squares off with him next Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime), he’ll be in the fire.
“I’m not worried about Matthysse,” said Peterson, of Washington D.C. “I’ve known him for a while. He’s a strong guy. He’s going to bring it all night, pretty much the way I like it to be, and it’s going to be a great fight.
“Everyone keeps asking me about his punching power. I know what I signed up for. I realize I’m going to get hit in the face. But I will be hitting him back.”
Peterson, 29, is 31-1-1 with 16 knockouts. Matthysse is 30.
The card is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions. The co-feature will see Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) of St. Louis defending his welterweight belt against Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs) of England.
Promoter Dan Goossen tells us that Chris Arreola’s nose was broken in five places in the third round of his April 27 heavyweight title-elimination bout with Bermane Stiverne at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Arreola, who lost a unanimous decision, will have a procedure done on the nose next week to help with its rehabilitation.
The loss was quite a setback for Arreola, 32, who is still trying to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. He challenged Vitali Klitschko for his title in September 2009 but was stopped after 10 rounds at Staples Center.
Goossen, however, believes Arreola is going to some day reach his goal.
“Is he capable of doing it?” Goossen said. “I believe he still is capable.”
Going back to the nose, Arreola bled profusely from the third round on after his nose was broken with a right cross that put him on the canvas.
“I got up in the ring afterward and throughout my years of seeing our share of blood and guts battles, there was more blood on this ring than I can ever recall seeing before, so Chris obviously lost a lot of blood,” Goossen said.
Goossen said as soon as Arreola’s nose heals, he’ll sit down with him to talk about what’s next.
A news conference will be held Thursday at American Airlines Arena in Dallas to formally announce the June 15 fight there between featherweight champion Mikey Garcia of Oxnard and former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico.
Their bout – to be televised by HBO – will be staged by Top Rank Inc.
Garcia, 25, will be looking to make the first defense of the title he took from Orlando Salido in January. Garcia is 31-0 with 26 knockouts.
Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) lost his title to Salido via eighth-round TKO in April 2011. Lopez tried to get it back in March 2012, but was stopped in the 10th by Salido. Lopez, 29, is 2-0 with two knockouts since then.
Floyd Mayweather’s guaranteed purse for his fight this past Saturday against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas was $32 million.
However, he will make considerably more than that with, among other things, pay-per-view upside.
Guerrero’s guarantee was $3 million. He, too, will get more from pay-per-view.
Mayweather retained his welterweight title with a wide unanimous decision over Guerrero.
Publicists representing Showtime took a poll with 32 boxing journalists and 28 of them are picking Floyd Mayweather Jr. to retain his welterweight title when he squares off with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
The four picking Guerrero are Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com, Ryan Maquinana of Comcast SportsNet, Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press and David Avila of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
Yours truly is picking Mayweather by decision.
Normally, weigh-ins are very boring. Even when there are 6,500 Manny Pacquiao fans at one of his, a weigh-in is a weigh-in and not much happens. But we want to see Friday’s featuring junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and challenger Zab Judah. The two camps have clashed twice this week at fight-promoted events, and there seems to be genuine bad blood between the sides.
The weigh-in will take place at 10 a.m. from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, site of Saturday’s fight (on Showtime). It can be viewed via satellite, YouTube, Ustream and online at sports.sho.com/live.
Lightweight champion Adrien Broner, a rapidly rising star from Cincinnati, will move up two weight classes to challenge Paulie Malignaggi for his welterweight championship June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime), Golden Boy Promotions announced Thursday.
Broner won a junior lightweight title in November 2011, then won a lightweight title this past November. It would not be surprising to soon see him atop respected pound-for-pound polls. He’s that good.
“Paulette better be in some shape,” the trash-talking Broner said. “On June 22, I will be a three-time world champion in three weight classes at just 23 years old.”
Broner is 26-0 with 22 knockouts.
The light-hitting Malignaggi, of Brooklyn, is stoked about being the main event in his hometown.
“This fight was the main motivation for winning my second world championship last year,” said Malignaggi, a former junior welterweight champion. “I wanted to be a huge main event at Barclays Center. This is a blockbuster event and I can’t wait to make a successful title defense in Brooklyn, where my roots are.”
Malignaggi, 32, is 32-4 with just seven knockouts.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will make the first defense of his middleweight title Saturday when he squares off with Fernando Guerrero on the undercard of the Zab Judah-Danny Garcia junior welterweight championship fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime).
One might say Quillin is in love with his 160-pound division, which has always been one of the premier weight classes in boxing.
“I’m just very blessed to be part of a division that is always an attractive weight class,” said Quillin, of Grand Rapids, Mich. “The middleweights, you’ve got the speed and then you have the power. It’s like 50/50
“It’s an action-packed weight class. I just want to make sure that when I go out there, I’m adding my own part of history to that.”
Quillin, 29, is 28-0 with 20 knockouts. Guerrero is 25-1 with 19 knockouts.
Reporters often give predictions for an upcoming fight. Fighters like to do that as well and it’s interesting to see what some of them think about the May 4 welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who this past Saturday unified the super welterweight division with a decision over Austin Trout, is leaning toward Guerrero.
“Robert Guerrero has a great opportunity to win,” Alvarez said. “He’s hungry for glory and will try everything to get the victory. I am picking Guerrero.”
Danny Garcia on Saturday will defend his two junior welterweight belts when he takes on Zab Judah at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He was adamant in his forecast.
“Floyd Mayweather all the way,” Garcia said. “Robert Guerrero is a good fighter. He earned his shot, but Mayweather is the star.”
Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens is moving up in weight to challenge Daniel Ponce De Leon for his featherweight title on the undercard of Mayweather-Guerrero. He, too, is going with Mayweather.
“Floyd Mayweather is such a talented fighter, and he backs it up,” Mares said. “He talks a lot, but he backs it up. I know Robert Guerrero is hungry and determined, but wanting a win doesn’t get you a win. It’s about what you can do inside the ring, and that’s why Mayweather will win.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will defend his welterweight belt against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Those attending the event will have a chance to get close to some other big-shots in the game two nights earlier, on May 2.
That night the recently established Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame will play host to “A Night With Boxing Legends” at 7:30 p.m. at Diego’s Mexican Cuisine at MGM Grand. Seating is limited, but tickets can be purchased for $20 by going to www.nvbhof.com; remaining tickets can be purchased at the door for $25.
Among those expected to speak are first-year inductees trainer Freddie Roach, three-time world champion Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum, referee Joe Cortez and commentator Al Bernstein. They are also expected to sign autographs. There will also be a Q & A session featuring those four along with two NVBHOF board members – referee Richard Steele and former bantamweight champion Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame was established this past fall by longtime commentator Rich Marotta.
Mayweather-Guerrero will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.