Saturday Night Notes: Showtime picks up Abraham-Oral

Mahir Oral and his lion fist will be coming to Showtime on June 27 when he challenges IBF middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham. (via www.notifight.com)

June 27 just became a busier night for American boxing fans as far as televised fights go, as Showtime just moments ago ran a graphic saying they'd picked up the IBF middleweight title fight between Arthur Abraham and Mahir Oral in Berlin. This makes for three cards available for fight fans that night: Abraham-Oral on Showtime, HBO Boxing After Dark with Ortiz-Maidana and John-Juarez II, and the Top Rank PPV headlined by Juan Manuel Lopez.

  • David Tua has changed his nickname again: "The Tuaminator." It sounds clumsy and is absolutely non-news considering Tua is irrelevant, but he has his long-delayed grudge match with fellow New Zealander Shane Cameron approaching, and I thought it'd be nice to mention it.
  • Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are going to talk to their mom and see if it'd be OK for them to fight. Good quote: "Of course she would not be happy and if we did fight I would be very worried about the health of my brother because it would be very bloody and very bad. We are very competitive and it would be for real. There would be no fix."
  • Update (11:48 PM ET): Andrei Arlovski, whose pro boxing debut was supposed to be in a few weeks, was just knocked out in mere seconds by Brett Rogers at Strike Force. Going into pro boxing is probably a horrible idea for him, but at the same time he's losing his name in MMA pretty rapidly right now.
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