WBO super-bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire worked out in front of the cameras ahead of his upcoming world title unification fight with IBF titleholder Jeffery Mathebula. Donaire takes on the tough South African as part of a Top Rank promoted doubleheader on July 7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, also featuring former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik continuing on the comeback trail.
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik continued his comeback with a bloody seventh-round knockout of Scott Sigmon at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on Friday night.
Pavlik thoroughly dominated the outgunned and smaller Sigmon, whose repeated taunts of Pavlik on Twitter helped him land the super-middleweight fight.
The 47-year-old future Hall of Famer told a media roundtable that he was the ‘last of a dying breed’ as he prepared to face a man 18-years his junior in a contest many are not giving him a chance in.
In the other fight of the night featuring a pair of ring veterans, Evander Holyfield kept alive his slim hopes of another world title shot by beating fellow veteran Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen.
Holyfield recorded the 44th victory of his long career when he stopped Nielsen in the 10th round of the contest, working the Dane into a corner before forcing the ref to stop it after landing a barrage of punches
Light-heavyweight veteran Bernard Hopkins has set his sights on ‘wiping out’ a whole nation of fighters in 2011.
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao beat WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez for Fighter of the Year in the Ring magazine fan poll.
Martinez who was the pundit’s choice had an emphatic year in which he decisioned Kelly Pavlik to capture the WBC middleweight title and then knocked out highly touted Paul Williams in the second round of their much anticipated rematch.