John Molina Jr. and Ruslan Provodnikov were born just 53 weeks apart, made their professional debuts seven months apart in 2006 and they live about 25 miles from each other in Southern California.
As usual, when Leo Santa Cruz defends his 126-pound title against Carl Frampton on July 30, he’ll do so under the guidance of a family member. Except this time, his brother Antonio will be his cornerman rather than his father and longtime trainer, Jose Santa Cruz, who is undergoing treatment for bone cancer.
There’s been a lot of chatter in recent weeks—including in this very space—about all the talent and interest in the 147-pound division. Not to be ignored, though, is the next weight class up boxing’s food chain.
Count Floyd Mayweather Jr. among those who are just a little more than curious with what’s happening in the 147-pound division right now.
Lem’s Corner: 175-pound champ Adonis Stevenson eyes winner of Edwin Rodriguez-Thomas Williams Jr. clash
When Edwin Rodriguez and Thomas Williams Jr. collide Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California (Fox, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), there won’t be a world title up for grabs. There could be, however, in the winner’s next fight.
Lem's Corner: Deontay Wilder takes cues from an ex-sparring partner as he preps for Alexander Povetkin
Deontay Wilder spent his 27th birthday in training camp as the primary sparring partner for then heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to help prep Klitschko for his unanimous decision over Mariusz Wach in November 2012.