The weights came in yesterday for Showtime's big 140-pound title double-header tonight in Rancho Mirage, California, and everyone is on point.
Timothy Bradley 139
Nate Campbell 138.5
Junior Witter 139
Devon Alexander 138.5
The show will start at 9pm ET, and we'll have live, round-by-round coverage and scoring of both fights. Should be a fine card.
- If you were wondering what in the hell ever became of Sultan Ibragimov after his pathetic, one-sided, boring loss in 2008 to Wladimir Klitschko, we now have an answer: Ibragimov has retired. Leon Margules of Seminole Boxing (Ibragimov's promoter) says he saw it coming, as Ibragimov has done well with his money and "didn't seem to have his heart in [boxing]." Nothing against Ibragimov really, but the highlight of his career for me will always be this: DOLPHIN'LL HAFTA WAIT.
- Junior flyweight titlist and fringe pound-for-pound contender Edgar Sosa (36-5, 20 KO) will take a soft touch in the next defense of his WBC title, facing Puerto Rican non-contender Omar Soto (14-3-1, 6 KO) on September 12 in Mexico. Soto had an eliminator fight in 2007 against Oleydong Sithsamerchai, which he lost by split decision in Thailand in an oddly-scored fight (118-113, 114-116, 114-115). Six months later he lost to a guy with an 11-18-3 record coming in, and last year he was stopped in the tenth round by Juan Palacios in an interim title fight. His last fight was in June, a win over John Alberto Molina.
- Rafael Marquez's "final tuneup" will come against Gonzalo Munguia (13-6-3, 10 KO), a Nicaraguan who has fought mostly around 130 pounds, on August 22. Marquez will then look for the fourth fight with Israel Vazquez.
- Showtime has added another fight to its September 12, pre-Super Six showcase card, which will feature Mikkel Kessler's rather unexciting mandatory defense against Gusmyl Perdomo. Immediately after that fight -- which will air on same-day tape delay from Denmark -- Andre Ward will face Shelby Pudwill (22-3-1, 9 KO). Kessler and Ward will meet in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on November 21, barring any injuries in these fights.