The WBC has announced that promoters for Devon Alexander (Don King) and Junior Witter (Mick Hennessy) have come to an agreement to stage a bout between the two fighters on July 11. No location has been named, but the two that make the most sense are St. Louis and a smaller UK venue. I'd guess King will push really hard to get home field for Alexander (18-0, 11 KO), and same goes for Hennessy on behalf of Witter (37-2-2, 22 KO). Witter held the title from September 15, 2006 through May 10, 2008, when he lost it to Timothy Bradley. Bradley recently vacated/was stripped when he unified the strap with the WBO's title.
Amir Khan's upcoming fight with Andriy Kotelnik forced the postponement of a Michael Jackson concert in London. Jackson said because of other shows at the arena he doesn't have proper time to rehearse. Khan's people put out really calculated retort comments that don't sound like they would have ever been said by an actual person. In related news, Jackson remains a complete lunatic.
Here's an even weirder one: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that 53-year old cruiserweight Dexter "Dingo" Dunworth is training for a potential fight with... Sylvester Stallone. The article goes on to make this absolutely ridiculous statement:
Those in Dunworth's corner are predicting the match could be the highest-grossing fight in the sport's history.
This seriously overestimates the name value of a 62-year old Sylvester Stallone, who is fairly delusional himself. Great stuff all around. The article claims Showtime will pay big bucks for this four-round atrocity.
22-year old Nathan Cleverly won again last night, improving to 16-0 with his sixth knockout, a two-round win over Billy Boyle.
Jake LaMotta is 86 and really does appear to have seriously mellowed with age. The old man seems like a cuddly sort, even, a far cry from the man portrayed in Raging Bull, which was by all accounts no exaggeration. His brother, Joey, "enjoys boxing so much more than that kicking, wrestling crap." I'll give him this: That's probably my favorite MMA bash ever.