The month of May has been explosive month for boxing, yet we are still in middle of this month. Mayweather-Maidana set the tone for this month as they engaged into a war, which is rare to see from the pound-for-pound king. In the second week, another war happened between Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) and Chris Arreola (36-4, 21 KO’s). Stiverne froze Arreola with a big right hand in round six (Arreola was well ahead in the scorecards). Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Donnie Nietes (33-1-4, 19 KO’s) silenced critics by stopping Moises Fuentes in the rematch. Nietes continue reigning as the longest Filipino world champion. You can read my full fight recap here.
This week’s boxing schedule, starting Friday, May 16, we have Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KO’s) coming back in action on ESPN2, after losing to Miguel Cotto back in October last year. He will face Joachim Alcine (35-7-4, 21 KO’s) at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also on that card is Joe Hanks vs. Derric Rossy.
Then on Saturday May 17, we have Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) tangles horn with Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) at Forum, Inglewood, California. The outcome of this fight will determine if we will gonna, see Pacquaio vs. Marquez 5. If this fight will ever happen, it seems that Top Rank boss, Bob Arum is taking the fight to Macau. However, before we even think about Pacquiao-Marquez 5, Alvarado of course has another plan come Saturday night. I’ll have my preview and prediction up for this fight on this site later on. So, stay tuned.
In UK, also on Saturday (3:00 PM EDT) former light heavyweight Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) will be back in the ring against Sean Corbin (17-4, 12 KO’s) at Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales. This will be Cheverly’s first attempt moving up at the cruiserweight division, after semi-retired for nine months. Cleverly was knockout by lightly regarded, at that time, Sergey Kovalev.
Here is the rest of this week’s boxing schedule:
Friday, May 16, 2014, SHO, 10:00 pm EDT
Joel Diaz Jr vs. Tyler Asselstine
Frank Galarza vs. Sebastien Bouchard
Saturday, May 17, Skysports UK
Gary Buckland vs. Gavin Rees
Lee Selby vs. Romulo Koasicha
Callum Smith vs. Tobias Webb
Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Manuel Quezada,
Anton Novikov vs. Javier Castro,
Jose Benavidez vs. Angel Hernandez