With one of the biggest fights of the year, Miguel Cotto vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, looming over us, there is still other news not involving those two in the boxing world, for that here is your latest edition of Around the Ring:
- He Wants It Again – After Timothy Bradley made easy work of Brandon Rios this past Saturday night in Las Vegas, one man that seemingly wasn’t all that impressed was former champion Jessie Vargas. At the post-fight press conference Vargas interrupted the proceedings and asked for a rematch. If remembered correctly, in their fight earlier this year Bradley controlled most of the action between except for the last round when Vargas scored a right hand that nearly knocked out the “Desert Storm”. Vargas wants the opportunity to finish what he started and get the payday that goes along with it. In this last fight, Bradley made $ two million while Rios scored a $750K pay day. Surely Vargas would be expecting the same.
- Margarito Open To Others – Antonio Margarito has been training for months in hopes of returning to the ring despite retiring about four years ago and being thirty-seven years old. Margarito has mentioned he wanted to work with Top Rank again, his long-time promoter, in his return but it looks like the fighter from Tijuana is asking for too much money in his return. Now that Bob Arum has painted a clearer picture for him of what it takes to get back in the ring, Margarito has sent out some feelers out here saying he is willing to work with other promoters. He did say he wants to continue to talk to Top Rank but if an agreement doesn’t get reached, he will look for somebody else.
- Froch Regretting – Former super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch supposedly retired not too long ago when a fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr didn’t come to fruition. Now the Brit is thinking of coming back mentioning he would be willing to get back in the ring to take on current IBF champ James DeGale. DeGale is defending his belt against Lucien Bute later this month and Froch says if he wins, he will consider facing him next spring after speaking to his wife and mother about coming back.
- Lomachenko Going to the Polls – Just like Floyd Mayweather Jr, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko wants to go to the polls and have the fans choose his next opponent. Mayweather Jr did it with Amr Khan and Marcos Maidana, finally choosing Maidana even though Khan won the poll. Some names that might be on the ballot for Lomachenko’s next fight are Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yuriorkis Gamboa but it might not be enough for the fans to want it, Top Rank, Lomachenko’s promoter, must see the business in it.
- Showtime Shuns Stiverne – Former heavyweight world champion Bermane Stiverne comes back to the ring this Saturday night after losing his title to Deontay Wilder but the U.S. market won’t see. Showtime, which will be broadcasting three fights from up and coming prospects fighting on the same card, are not interested in his ten rounder vs Derric Rossy.