Lem’s latest: Shane Mosley Jr. debuts on April 26


Junior middleweight Shane Mosley Jr. will make his professional debut against Mark Cardova on the April 26 undercard of the Jose Zepeda-Rob Frankel junior welterweight fight at Port Hueneme, Calif. The fight will be televised on UniMas, Top Rank announced on Tuesday.

Zepeda (19-0, 16 KOs) had his winning streak of nine straight stoppage victories ended in his last fight, a unanimous decision over Luis Arceo in October. Frankel is 32-14-1, with 6 knockouts, and Mosley's opponent, Cardova, is 0-1.

In other bouts on the card, featherweight Saul Rodriguez (12-0-1, 9 KOs) will meet Miguel Zamudio (29-3-1, 16 KOs), as will light heavyweights Trevor McCumby (14-0, 11 KOs) and Rafael Valenzuela (9-2, 1 KO).



Top Rank has officially announced the May 31 quadrupleheader headlined by former RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire against RING No. 4-rated WBA featherweight beltholder Simpiwe Vetyeka. Vetyeka-Donair is supported by featherweight contender Nicholas Walters versus ex-beltholder Vic Darchinyan.

The show, ich whtakes place at the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China, will also match unbeaten IBF featherweight beltholder Evgeny Gradovich against Alexander Miskirtchian, as well as 122-pound standout Chris Avalos opposite Yasutaka Ishimoto, according to Arum.

"All eyes will be on the fabulous Cotai Arena with these three world title fights in one of boxing's hottest divisions," said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, in a prepared release. "'Featherweight Fury' is one of the most exciting events I have promoted in a long time."

Ranked No. 8 among THE RING's featherweights, Donaire (32-2, 21 knockouts) was last in the ring for a ninth-round TKO of Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs) in November.

In his last bout, Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KOs) won his belt with a sixth-round upset knockout of previously unbeaten and long-reigning No. 1-rated featherweight Chris John, who announced his retirement following the loss in December.

Ranked No. 4 as a junior featherweight, Darchinyan will attempt to rebound against Walters (23-0, 19 KOs), who scored his third consecutive knockout with a fourth-round TKO of Alberto Garza in November.

Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs) is coming off a ninth-round knockout of ex-beltholder Billy Dib in a November defense of the belt he won from Dib by split decision two fights earlier. The rematch took place on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios in Macau.

Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs) will be after his 12th straight win, having last been in action for a majority decision over France-based Sofiane Takoucht in January.

Avalos (23-2, 17 KOs) will be in pursuit of his fifth consecutive victory against Ishimoto (24-6, 7 KOs), who scored somewhat of an upset three fights ago with a majority decision over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last April in Macau.

The Donaire-Vetyeka fight will be televised on the same day in America on HBO, beginning at 4 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will also include the IBF super middleweight title rematch between defending champion Carl Froch and top contender George Groves, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London. Froch rose from a first-round knockdown to score a disputed ninth-round knockout of Groves in November.


Top Rank's schedule:


May 17, The Forum, Inglewood, California – HBO

WBO welterweight eliminator

Juan Manuel Marquez, 55-7-1, 40 KOs, Mexico City
vs Mike Alvarado, 34-2, 23 KOs, Denver
WBC Junior middleweight eliminator

Vitor Postal, 25-0, 10 KOs, Kiev, Ukraine
vs Selcuk Aydin, 26-2, 19 KOs, Hamburg, Germany
Junior lightweights

Diego Magdaleno, 25-1, 10 KOs, Las Vegas
vs Oscar Bravo, 21-3, 9 KOs, Santiago de Chile

Two-time Mexican Olympian

Oscar Valdez,  10-0, 9 KOs,
vs TBA
May 17, Selland Arena, Fresno – UniMas Solo Boxeo Tecate

Junior welterweights

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez, 9-0, 7 KOs, Avenal, Calif.
vs TBA

Andy Ruiz, 21-0, 15 KOs, Mexicali
vs Manuel Quezada, 29-8, 18 KOs, Chihuahua, Mexico




The International Boxing Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning the loss of middleweight contender Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who passed away on April 20 in Toronto, Canada at age 76 after a battle with prostate cancer.

"We were saddened to learn the news of 'Hurricane' Carter’s passing," stated Edward Brophy, director of the Hall of Fame, "and we offer our condolences to his family and friends."

A New Jersey native who posted a record of 27-12-1 (19 KOs), Carter vanquished George Benton and Emile Griffith and among those in attendance when the Hall of Fame officially opened in June 1989.



Florida light heavyweight Rowland Bryant (17-3, 12 KOs) will face Pittsburgh's Rayco Saunders (23-22-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round main event on Thursday at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., with Bryant being a late replacement for injured Dominican Lenin Castillo (11-0, 7 KOs) on a card promoted by Mike Tyson's Iron Mike Productions.

Also on the card is 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian Alex DeJesus (20-1, 13 KOs) in a six-round welterweight bout against Mexican Gerardo Pipino Cuevas, Jr. (17-11, 5 KOs), son of former world champion Pipino Cuevas.

In yet another bout, Philadelphia bantamweight Miguel Cartagena (12-0, 5 KOs) is being matched against Kyrgyzstan's Timur Shailezov (16-7, 3 KOs).



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