Mandatory Eight Count - Off Again, On Again

Despite suffering a fall in a motorcycle accident earlier in the week, Fernando Montiel is not badly hurt and should still be able to take his scheduled bout with Nonito Donaire in February. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)

Arum: Montiel vs Donaire To Proceed on February 19 | Boxing Scene

It turns out that Fernando Montiel's motorcycle injury wasn't as bad as anticipated, and that he only suffered scrapes and bruises. He'll be out of the gym for three weeks, but Bob Arum says he'll still be more than ready to face Nonito Donaire early next year. For those wondering why Montiel might ride a motorcycle, reportedly this was a promotional gig where Montiel was riding on the back of a motorcycle at a public event, and the driver lost control of the bike, causing it to skid.

Sakio Bika likely to fill in for injured Andre Dirrell against Andre Ward | ESPN

Super middleweight contender Sakio Bika likely will step in to challenge titleholder Andre Ward in the wake of the withdrawal of Andre Dirrell from their scheduled Nov. 27 fight. To me, it's a bit fishy, as only a couple weeks ago Bika turned down a fight against an ealier opponent (Allan Green) on longer notice, presumably for the same money.  It is unclear whether this bout would be a part of the Super Six tournament, or if the fight would take place outside of the tournament, but I suspect that if they can manage to get an opponent of Bika's caliber, it will still be within the tournament.

Prizefighter Super Featherweights Announced | Sky Sports

Choi Tseveenpurev, Gary Buckland, Kevin O'Hara and Scott Lawton will compete in Prizefighter super-featherweights in November. If nobody pulls out, this is one of the stronger lineups they have had for the show, with all four men having fought for domestic titles at one point or another. Tseveenpurev would be moving up in weight, while Buckland would be moving down.

Erik Morales Scheduled To Be Back In Action Dec.18th | East Side Boxing

Erik Morales has reportedly been added to the Showtime Pay-Per-View card featuring Jean Pascal's championship defense against Bernard Hopkins. Morales would be fighting in Tijuana, making the PPV a split-site affair. Should Morales win, he's targeting a fight against fellow Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez.

Codrington, Blocus crush foes | Fight News

Fighting for the first time in two years, Jaidon Codrington pulled out a TKO win in Atlanta. Also fighting, former Olympian Josue Blocus won by first round knockout. Codrington and Blocus are both currently Atlanta police officers and fought in this benefit for the Atlanta police department. It's not clear whether either of them is out of retirement, or if it was just a one-off to raise money for the force. Also on the card, Sergey Kovalev barely made it by Darnell Boone, who jumped up two weight classes for the fight and still nearly beat the prospect in the prospect's backyard.

For Jesse Brinkley, it's better late than never | ESPN

Former Contender contestant Jesse Brinkley finally gets his big chance against 168-pound champ Lucian Bute in Montreal on Friday. Is he ready to make the most of it?

Pacquiao's training on schedule | GMA News

According to Manny Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz, Congressman Pacquiao's training is right on schedule, despite having a different routine than usual.  As usual, Freddie Roach has instituted a $1,000 knockdown bonus for Pacquaio's sparring partners.

Arreola likely to open up season of Friday Night Fights | Boxing Scene

According to Ryan Burton's sources, Cris "the Nightmare" Arreola is likely to headline the next season opener for Friday Night Fights on January 7.  The opponent has yet to be determined, and the fight is likely to once again take place in Ontario, Calif., where Arreola has drawn well in recent years.  Considering he has more of a name than all but about five heavyweights right now, as long as he keeps convincingly beating his competition, he should get another shot at a big fight.  Arreola is still healing from multiple hand injuries suffered in his last bout against Manuel Quezada.  

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