This week in boxing – Nov. 10, 2015: Desert Storm, Bam Bam, S.O.G and more
* WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley scored a ninth round TKO over former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Right after the fight, Jessie Vargas called out Bradley looking for a rematch.
* WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko notched a 10th round KO over Romulo Koasicha on Saturday night, successfully defending his world title in support of Bradley-Rios.
* Is it a wrap for Rios? After being dominated by Bradley at the Thomas and Mack Center, Brandon Rios said, “I am not taking nothing away from Timothy. I went down and couldn’t continue. He hurt me with a good body shot. I had a wonderful career. I think it’s time to hang up the gloves. I love the sport so much; it’s hard for me to turn my back on it. I hope I gave you all some good fights.”
* Former world junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov scored a fourth round TKO over Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez on Saturday night in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
* Former IBF and WBA world middleweight champion Daniel Geale will move to the super middleweight division and is talking up Danny Green and Sakio Bika bouts. Geale has faced Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin, Anthony Mundine and Felix Sturm, among others, in his career.
* The WBO didn’t sanction the Bradley-Rios bout for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title until the day before the fight. The WBO world championship committee has ordered Bradley to reach an agreement for a mandatory defense against undefeated No. 1 contender Sadam Ali within 10 days after the fight or a purse bid will be called.
* Just to add a little more confusion as to who really is the champion in each division, World Boxing Association “regular” junior welterweight titlist Adrien “The Problem” Broner has been promoted to the status of “super champion.” This frees up said WBA “regular” title. So for the casual fan, there are four (IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO) major champions in each division with “super,” “regular” and “interim” status designations. This means there are possibly eight to 12 champions in each division – at any given time. Alrighty then! That should clear things up for any newbies looking to follow the sport.
* Look for brand-new IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo to make his first title defense on Saturday, Nov. 28 as part of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Charlo faces “Silky” Wilky Campfort.
* Andre Ward was pulled out from his previously scheduled bout on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas due to a knee injury. The bout was supposed to have served in a support capacity to the highly anticipated Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez world middleweight championship bout.
* WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev scored an eighth round TKO over Lateef Kayode last Wednesday in Kazan, Russia.
* The 53rd annual WBC convention took place this past week in Kunming, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China.
* Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will meet for the IBF and WBA world (“regular” in Quigg’s case) junior featherweight titles at the Manchester Arena on Feb. 27, 2016.
* Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez was freed on bail and electronic monitoring after being charged with domestic violence in San Juan, Puerto Rico last week.