Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) JMB has learned that Philadelphia welterweight “New” Ray Robinson will remain under Champs Management despite reports that he was trying to break free from his contract after the PA State Athletic Commission ruled in favor of the Delaware based promotional company.
Back in April, Robinson (20-2, 9ko’s) successfully defended his NABO welterweight title against Sherzodbek Alimjanov at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
However, the 29-year-old Robinson was still under contract with Dave Tiberi’s Champs Management Group at the time, and per his agreement with them should not have taken the fight, which was promoted by Roc Nation Sports.
There was speculation that Robinson had a desire to sign with Roc Nation Sports, and a good showing by him would have solidified his chances of signing with Jaz-Z’s promotional company.
“We have him in the top 10 in the WBO at No 6,” said Tiberi Thursday to JMB. (Editor’s Note, August WBO rankings have Robinson at No. 8.)
“His contract will renew for another year as long as he is in the top 10,” he added.
JMB has also learned that Robinson had an offer on the table to fight Andre Berto, who will be facing Floyd Mayweather Jr., in what many believe will be Mayweather’s last fight of his illustrious career in September. That bout will be for the WBA/WBC title.
Editor’s Note: Updated 8/21/2015