Las Vegas’ Tony Weeks was selected by the Nevada Athletic Commission Thursday to referee the March 8 junior middleweight fight between former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo at the MGM Grand Garden. The judges for the 12-round main event will be Jerry Roth and Dave Moretti of Las Vegas and Craig Metcalfe of Canada.
On the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s stunning upset over Sonny Liston in their first fight, which was Tuesday, the Washington Times ran a story suggesting the bout might have been fixed. Documents implicate “a Las Vegas figure tied to organized crime and to Liston.”
On the side of one of the MGM Grand’s hotel towers is a huge banner of Floyd Mayweather Jr., claiming to be the home of boxing’s pound-for-pound king.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his opponent for his next fight on Monday afternoon on Twitter: “I will be fighting Marcos Maidana May 3rd on Pay-per-view Showtime/CBS.”
A lot of hard work went into Leo Santa Cruz’s ascent to the world super bantamweight title. But Santa Cruz said he’s finding he has to work even harder to stay on top.
With all the talk about fighters in combat sports being dirty or clean, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum decided to take out an insurance policy for the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. rematch April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden.
Diego and Jessie Magdaleno fought to easy wins Saturday in Top Rank’s boxing card in Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.
The second induction class of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has a big feel to it. The 18-member class includes Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Evander Holyfield and Archie Moore. President and founder Rich Marotta said he didn’t plan for it to be that way, but it is a heavyweight class.
Diego Magdaleno is looking for another world title shot at 130 pounds. The Las Vegan will take the first step toward that goal Saturday when he meets Ernie Sanchez in the 10-round main event of Top Rank’s boxing card at Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.
The process for replacing Keith Kizer as executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission is about to move into its second phase with the goal of having someone hired by April still a realistic possibility.