Last week in boxing: May 26, 2016
* Gennady Golovkin update: Talks for a showdown between IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and former champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez should resume by June 1, according to Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler. He said if the Canelo negotiations prove unsuccessful, GGG may target WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez late in the year. First things first, he may have to face WBA “regular” champ Daniel Jacobs in a WBA-ordered mandatory fight, should the Canelo fight not come together.
* On Saturday, Sugar Shane Mosley gets another world title try. The WBA interim welterweight title fight between ring legend Mosley and current beltholder David Avanesyan will take place at the 18,000-seat Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Mosley was trained for this fight by the legendary Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran. CBS Sports Network will televise in the USA; BoxNation will air the fight in the UK.
* Last weekend, Shannon Briggs said he has a “handshake preliminary contract” to face former WBA heavyweight titlist/world cruiserweight champion David Haye in September. Assessing Haye’s performance last Saturday against Arnold Gjergjaj, Briggs stated, “In the ring, (Haye) sucks; excuse my language. He’s a pie, so I’m not impressed. I just want to run over him.” These upcoming Haye-Briggs press conferences should be something. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Briggs will spend a lot of time yelling, “Let’s go, Champ!”
* In a rematch of their November 2012 technical draw, WBA world junior middleweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara outboxed former US Olympian Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan over 12 rounds to pick up a unanimous decision win on Saturday night in the main event at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
* Saturday night in Laredo, Texas, welterweight Arturo Marquez, the 19-year-old son of former world junior middleweight champion Raul Marquez, won his Top Rank Promotions debut by scoring a second round TKO over Jesus Rodriguez.
* Jermall and Jermell Charlo became the first twin brothers to simultaneously hold world titles in the same division on Saturday night, also at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Reigning IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo retained his title with a unanimous decision over former WBA champion Austin Trout. In a clash for the vacant WBC junior middleweight world title, undefeated Jermell Charlo scored an eighth round KO over John Jackson, son of ring great Julian “The Hawk” Jackson.
* And in one final title win at the Cosmopolitan, WBA “regular” cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov scored a 10th round TKO over Junior Wright.
* WBA world champion Denis Lebedev scored a second round TKO over IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez on Saturday night in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev dropped Ramirez in round two, then unloaded on him until referee Steve Smoger stopped it. Time was 1:57.
* “King” Arthur Abraham will face Tim Robin Lihaug on July 16 at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Abraham returns for the first time following his WBO super middleweight title loss to Gilberto Ramirez and the former three-time world champion is eager to get back on the championship trail. This fight will reveal if Abraham has anything left as he was completely outclassed by Ramirez in his most recent bout.
* A lot of undefeated undercard action on the highly-anticipated welterweight showdown between WBA champion Keith Thurman and former IBF champion Shawn Porter, June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Undefeated junior middleweights Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina will collide in a 10-round bout. Undefeated light heavyweights David Benavidez and Francy Ntetu will mix it up in an eight-round fight. Also, Heather “The Heat” Hardy competes in a eight-round female junior featherweight attraction while Polish bruiser Adam Kownacki competes in a heavyweight bout. Plus, 140-pound prospect Regis Prograis, 2012 Spanish Olympian junior welterweight Jonathan Alonso and Mayweather Promotions welterweight prospect Josue Vargas will see action.
* Eight-time world champion Manny Pacquiao was officially proclaimed Senator-elect by the Commission on Elections in Manila, Philippines.
* Apparently the rules aren’t the same for everybody? Orlando Salido is happy that his June 4 junior lightweight title bout with WBO beltholder Francisco Vargas is a go (after Vargas initially failed a pre-fight drug test and the California State Athletic Commission granted Vargas a temporary license). However, Salido manager Sean Gibbons’ take was a little different. “(Clenbuterol) is a very serious thing. We’re not taking it lightly but we feel it was caught far enough out that, whatever way it got into his system, it won’t enhance his performance…Nandralone is naturally produced in the body already.” Referring to a disputed, failed test by Salido years ago Gibbons said, “Our levels were elevated a bit; we passed another test two days later but Nevada wanted to hear nothing about it. Nobody would listen to us back in the day. We’re branded as steroid users.”
* The WBC has received official confirmation from Golden Boy Promotions that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has indeed vacated the WBC middleweight world championship. Gennady Golovkin is hereby recognized as the undisputed WBC middleweight champion of the world. How does this play out in terms of getting them in the ring? We shall see.