What the heck do I need to do to get onto HBO? (via =boxnews=)
Ivan Calderon will be facing Rodel Mayol on the Cotto-Clottey undercard. Mayol is an all action fighter and one of the top light flyweights in the world, so it's a perfectly legitimate challenge for Calderon, but he probably doesn't have the pure boxing skills to be able to keep up with Calderon. Still Calderon's slowing down little by little, and if he keeps facing big punchers who are aggressive, one of these days he's going to get caught. Unfortunately, the bout is not scheduled to be televised. HBO's bias against the smaller weight classes is really unfortunate, because this has the potential to be a really good fight. [Note: Hat tip to Sickle - I wrote this one early, and he put up a fanshot before it was scheduled to post.]
Scott Harrison is in prison yet again. Scotland's most successful boxer in recent years has also been one of the most checkered characters in boxing, having a number of fights cancelled due to his knack for ending up in foreign prisons a week or two before a scheduled fight. This time he was convicted of auto theft and related assault (including assault of a police officer) in Spain. He literally just got out of prison in Scotland when Spanish authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in Spain. He'll be 34 by the time he gets out, so this is probably the last we'll hear of him.
- Adrian Diaconu will defend his light heavyweight belt on June 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal against Jean Pascal. Great fight for Diaconu to build a fanbase after signing with Interbox, as he hasn't gotten the same kind of traction in Montreal that fellow immigrants Bute and Pascal have gotten there. Could be a banging fight, although I question whether Pascal has the build to fight at 175. I wouldn't count Pascal out though. Diaconu is pretty limited, and has shown some stamina issues in the past, especially against Chris Henry, plus Pascal will have a decent reach advantage. (Link in French)
- Former LHW titlist Danny Green won a comeback bout this weekend, with the promise of having a rematch against Anthony Mundine. Mundine-Green I was one of the biggest boxing events in Australian history, but I'm not sure how much sense a rematch makes, especially now that Mundine is campaigning at 160. However, it would fit in perfectly with Mundine's pattern of refusing to face anyone remotely dangerous unless it's a title shot.
- Daisy De La Hoya's new dating reality show premiered yesterday on VH1. Evidently, being a publicity whore runs in the family.