Dan Rafael: Carlos Cardenas

Mayweather Promotions card set

November, 29, 2013
Mayweather Promotions has announced the opponents for its fighters on the “ShoBox: The New Generation” card it is putting on Dec. 6 (Showtime, 11:50 p.m. ET/PT) at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash.

In the main event, super middleweight J'Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) will face Lajuan Simon (23-4-2, 12 KOs), who fought for a middleweight world title and got starched in the first round by Gennady Golovkin in December 2011 and has not fought since.

Also on the televised quadrupleheader, lightweight Mickey Bey (18-1-1, 9 KOs) faces Carlos Cardenas (20-6-1, 13 KOs); super middleweight Badou Jack (15-0-1, 10 KOs) squares off with Rogelio Medina (31-4, 25 KOs) and middleweight Chris Pearson (9-0, 8 KO's) faces Acacio Ferreira (14-0-1, 12 KOs).

Love will be fighting for the first time since a no decision against Gabe Rosado in May, a fight Love won by split decision before the result was changed to a no decision when he tested positive for a banned diuretic he used to help him make weight for the middleweight contest. Love was fined and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Jack is coming off a draw against Marco Antonio Periban in Las Vegas on Sept. 12, two nights before his promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., cruised past Canelo Alvarez.

Bey is winless in his past two fights. In February, a third-round knockout win was changed to a no decision because Bey tested positive for extremely high levels of testosterone. In his July return, Bey, way ahead on all three scorecards, got knocked out by John Molina in the final minute of the 10-round fight.

Unbeaten 130-pounders to meet

March, 29, 2013
Any time there's a big fight in Las Vegas, a smaller card usually lands on the schedule there the night before. It will be no different when pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. defends his welterweight title against Robert Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand.

On May 3, Golden Boy, which is promoting Mayweather-Guerrero, will also put on a card at The Cosmopolitan (Fox Deportes/FNS, 11 p.m. ET).

In the main event, junior lightweight prospect Francisco Vargas (15-0-1, 12 KOs), a 2008 Mexican Olympian, will take on Jose Aguiniga (33-0, 15 KOs), who quit fighting from 2007 until last year, in a scheduled 10-rounder.

The co-feature isn't set yet, but 2012 U.S. Olympians Errol Spence Jr. (4-0, 3 KOs), a welterweight, and Joseph Diaz (3-0, 1 KO), a junior featherweight, will face opponents to be determined in scheduled six-round undercard bouts.

Santana back in action

Promoter Don King announced a Las Vegas fight card for April 12 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Lightweight prospect Angelo "La Cobra" Santana (14-0, 11 KOs), a former Cuban amateur standout living in Miami, will headline the Showtime "ShoBox: The New Generation" card (10 p.m. ET/PT) against Carlos Cardenas (20-6-1, 13 KOs) of Venezuela. They'll meet for a vacant interim lightweight title.

In the eight-round co-feature, Albany, N.Y., junior welterweight Amir Imam (8-0, 7 KOs) will meet Jeremy Bryan (16-2, 7 KOs) of Paterson, N.J.

In a fight not slated for the U.S. telecast, King said that Ryan Coyne (21-0, 9 KOs) of St. Louis will face Marcus Oliveira (24-0-1, 19 KOs) of Lawrence, Kan., in a light heavyweight title eliminator. The winner of the 12-rounder will become the mandatory challenger for titlist Beibut Shumenov.