Lem’s latest: Alvarado balks at terms for Provodnikov fight


Ruslan Provodnikov has agreed to face Mike Alvarado in a clash for the WBO’s junior welterweight belt on Oct. 19.

But Alvarado is apparently still unhappy with the money being offered by Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who informed on Tuesday that he was “negotiating” with the Colorado-based fighter.

“Listen the fight will probably happen, but we need to get my money right first,” wrote Alvarado on his Twitter account. “Mr. Arum is a great man and I’m sure he will get it done.”

Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) was last in the ring for a unanimous-decision win over Brandon Rios in March that avenged his seventh-round stoppage loss to Rios in October of last year.

“My last 4 fights been fight of the year candidates. I’m very grateful to Top Rank but it’s my turn to get paid like a world champ,” wrote Alvarado. “Why would I accept less money to fight Provo, than what Rios got paid to fight me? Does that make any sense?”


WBC featherweight titleholder Abner Mares will defend his belt against former beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez on Aug. 24 at The StubHub Center (formerly The Home Depot Center) in Carson, Calif., on Showtime, with the undercard boasting WBC junior featherweight titleholder Victor Terrazas in defense of his title against Leo Santa Cruz.

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Will female boxing soon be shown on Showtime?

One has to wonder following an intriguing Twitter exchange on Wednesday between Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza and junior featherweight Ana Julaton, one of the Philippines’ most popular boxing figures along with Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire.

Espinoza was was asked by a fan, “Why don’t you give women Boxing a shot,” adding, “#wmma currently doing IT.”

Espinoza’s response?

“We’ll do something fairly soon…right, Ana?”

Julaton’s answer?

“Yes sir! =)” wrote Julaton, a resident of Daly City, Calif. “Everybody keep watching the Best in Fights Sports Entertainment.”

Click here for Ana Julaton in action.



Trainer Virgil Hunter took issue with comments made to by junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) following last month’s 10th-round stoppage of Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs), whom Hunter trains.

“I was hitting Angulo with a lot of shots to that eye. I can see that the swelling was affecting him, so I kept targeting him there. I think he took enough punishment and saved his career by turning away,” said Lara, who rose from knockdowns in the fourth and ninth rounds of the bout.

“There was no need for him to continue if he was badly hurt, which he was, and I was coming on strong…I believe I would have stopped him because he was starting to get reckless and he knew he was behind and felt he could try to put me away, and that’s how I walked him into the fight-ending punch. I was ready to turn up the pace.”

But Angulo suffered a scratched cornea, according to Hunter, who cited what he called an examination “from a top ophthalmologist.” If not for the injury, Hunter believes that Angulo, and not Lara, would have scored the knockout win.

“What I really wanted to address is the fact that he was done,” said Hunter. “He was spent. I felt like we were one punch away. It’s an insult that Lara was getting stronger and that we were getting weaker. He had been weakened from the last few rounds from the body shots, and that last punch that he threw, there was nothing on the punch at all because Alfredo had been walking through his stuff all night long…”

“Lara needs to kind of own up to the fact that he was done. He was done. He was not coming on strong. He was fading, and I figured that if he wasn’t going to go in that round, then we had three more to go, and I know that Alfredo was still strong. I think that it was quite obvious that he was under a lot of duress.”

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