Mandatory Eight Count: Thaxton hangs up the gloves, Audley giving up his trophy for a good cause

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Jonathan Thaxton confirms retirement | Sky Sports
Thaxton (34-11, 19 KO) has decided to give up the ghost after a wretched 2009 that saw him go 0-3. He had a 17-year pro career with some great highlights, including winning the BBBofC lightweight title and challenging for the European lightweight strap. Back in 2000, he gave the rising Ricky Hatton a decent 12-round scrap. This year, he had losses to Anthony Mezaache, journeyman Tom Glover and finally, a TKO-4 against John Murray, a fight in which Thaxton was clearly set up as nothing more than an opponent. Best wishes to Thaxton.

Luckless Duddy eyes final shot at Pavlik date | Independent.ie
Lead quote from the article: "These have not been particularly good times for John Duddy, who could well earn the title 'The World's Unluckiest Boxer.'" Yeah, someone tell Walid Smichet and Howard Eastman how unlucky Duddy is.

N'dou-Hatton back on | Fightnews
Just when you thought they were out, it...they...he was? Pulled back in? In any case, the Lovemore N'dou-Matthew Hatton fight is back on for November 13, as N'dou has been cleared by a doctor to go ahead with the fight after suffering a cut in training.

The Cyclone Of Guantanamo: Yuriorkis Gamboa | DigitalJournal.com
Good Gamboa article, including a bit at the end where Bob Arum says his plan for the 1/23 Boxing After Dark card is Lopez-Caballero and Gamboa-Concepcion, with "the winners" facing off at MSG in June. If the winners are Caballero and Concepcion, uh, don't expect it to be an MSG show in June.

Audley Harrison auctions coveted Prizefighter Tournament Trophy
Before you go thinking, "Oh boy, Audley's already losing it after winning that tournament," this is actually a pretty great thing he's doing. Harrison is auctioning off the trophy to help raise funds to support the nieces of his former rival, Michael Sprott. Sprott's sister tragically passed away at age 36 recently, leaving behind two young daughters. Says Audley, "I was really looking forward to avenging my loss to Michael in this tournament but after hearing of the tragic passing of Ginette and Michael's withdrawal I really wanted to do something for the family. I hope by donating this trophy some necessary funds are raised for the children."

Fernando Guerrero-Ossie Duran preview | delmarvanow.com
Local press in Maryland gives some hype to the Fernando Guerrero-Ossie Duran fight, painting Duran as a tough veteran not to be looked past. They're right, too. I hope Salisbury boxing fans don't turn out expecting a Guerrero romp, because it might not be so one-sided. As much as I like Guerrero, Duran is no joke, a solid, tough fighter who can take some shots.

Hector "Macho" Camacho arrested in Tampa | St. Petersburg Times
The 47-year old elder "Macho" Camacho is back in jail, charged with violating his probation stemming from a burglary conviction in 2007. That case in Mississippi had him pleading guilty, with the judge suspending six years of a seven-year sentence, but threatening to make him serve the entire sentence behind bars if he violated any conditions set. Well, he's violated something, and it probably isn't looking so good for Camacho.

Robert Guerrero in limbo with promoters' squabble | MontereyHerald.com
Unless Golden Boy Promotions can basically pay off Goossen Tutor and get this thing settled, the 26-year old Guerrero is losing more valuable time from a career that has already had a few stops and starts. Golden Boy has been negotiating a Guerrero-Roman Martinez title unification, but the case is going to be re-arbitrated.

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