Rafael Marquez is OK after a car accident in Mexico. (via www.aolcdn.com)
Tonight's Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey WBA welterweight title fight will go live on HBO at 10:35 ET. We'll be here with live, round-by-round coverage and scoring.
- In case you missed it, both men made weight. Cotto came in at 146, with Clottey at the 147 limit. You can watch the weigh-in here.
- Rafael Marquez was involved in a car accident in Mexico, on his way to the BWAA banquet in New York where his third fight with Israel Vazquez was being given its Fight of the Year award for 2008. Marquez will now miss the event, but was only "banged up," with no serious injuries.
- The rematch between Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson has been made official on paper, according to a press release sent out. No date or venue is set, but it's expected to be in the fall and I'm hoping they aren't stupid enough to main event Las Vegas with this fight. It belongs in Connecticut.
- Robert Guerrero won last night in the Friday Night Fights main event, forcing Efren Hinojosa to quit after eight rounds. Hopefully Guerrero will take on a better opponent in his next bout, which is tentatively scheduled for the 8/22 Boxing After Dark (Diaz-Malignaggi) undercard.
- The scheduled June 27 fight between WBA junior welterweight titlist Andriy Kotelnik and Amir Khan is likely to be postponed. Kotelnik has a tooth infection that might keep him from sparring until July. Top Rank says they were contacted by Frank Warren to see if Lamont Peterson was available, and Freddie Roach said he'd approve that fight from Khan's corner if it were available. It seems as though Peterson-Khan would be for an interim WBO title, since Peterson is the mandatory challenger there and the WBO said they would approve the fight.
- Muhammad Ali's adopted son, Asaad, was drafted as a catcher by the Los Angeles Angels. Asaad played his high school ball in my neck of the woods, for Niles High School in southwestern Michigan.
From Dan Rafael's Notebook:
Alfredo Angulo could be back in the ring on August 7, headlining a Friday Night Fights. Good to hear he's not dwelling on the Cintron loss. There was plenty for him to learn in that fight. Rafael said in his chat that Alex Bunema and Carson Jones were two names mentioned as opponents.
- U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon have been invited to the July 18 Mayweather-Marquez fight, which is being billed as America's best versus Mexico's best, which I suppose is quite well true enough. Expect both men -- particularly Obama -- to be busy.
- Martin Castillo's retirement is ending. Shocking! His management seems somewhat iffy on the idea, but are going to get him one fight and "go from there."
- 108-pound champion Ivan Calderon had a burner of a quote: "After I win my fight at the Garden on Saturday night, I'm going for Floyd Mayweather Jr. next, since he only wants to fight guys smaller than him."