Mandatory Eight Count: About Jose Luis Castillo's Retirement...

Alfonso Gomez Interested in Saul Alvarez, Not Castillo (
Ryan Burton of reports that Jose Luis Castillo wants a rematch with Alfonso Gomez. You may recall that Castillo announced his retirement immediately following his dismal showing against Gomez on the March 13 Pacquiao-Clottey undercard. He simply couldn't do anything against Gomez. Gomez said the fight was mentioned to him, but that he "didn't think it was serious," and he was "surprised [Castillo] would even ask for a rematch." Gomez mentioned Saul Alvarez, David Estrada, Zab Judah and Marcos Maidana as guys he'd like to fight.

McCullough out of Prizefighter (Sky Sports)
In what you may well see as a blessing in disguise, a hand injury has forced Wayne McCullough to pull out of the May 29 edition of the Prizefighter tournament. He'll be replaced by Willie Casey.

Boxing champion Yonnhy Perez is not far removed from impoverished roots (Los Angeles Times)
Yonnhy Perez still lives in Colombia. He does not own a car. He makes $50,000 this Saturday to fight Abner Mares, which is sickening when you consider how good of a fight that is and how much is paid for far lesser fights. Gary Shaw even tried to get him to move somewhere else, but like Scarface's great "On My Block," Perez wasn't having it.

Manny Steward: Yuri Foreman No 'Easy Fight' for Miguel Cotto (FanHouse)
Manny Steward, now training Miguel Cotto, says that while his upcoming fight with Yuri Foreman won't be easy, Cotto's power won't be a problem. And Joe Santiago is still on Cotto's team, if anyone was wondering.

The Devil's Advocate (
J.M. Fusco wonders why sportswriters who have been so steadfast against steroids in other sports are willing to support Manny Pacquiao's case in the Mayweather negotiations.

Announcer Joe Martinez Explains Leaving WEC for Boxing (MMA Fighting)
WEC ring announcer Joe Martinez has left the promotion to sign a deal with Golden Boy Promotions. He'll be working their "Solo Boxeo" shows.

Hatton: I would rather promote Khan than fight him (ABS-CBN News)
Ricky Hatton says he has no desire right now to fight again, and says he's really enjoying promoting. He's not ready to announce a retirement, though. He's definitely not thinking of fighting Amir Khan, saying he'd rather promote him. And there's the mark of a guy who might actually make it as a promoter. Hatton's got his head on straight. (Knock on wood.)

Kratingdaenggym Heads To Golden Boy, Targets Luevano (
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym continued his impressive run on Thursday, stopping Shoji Kimura in four rounds. Now, a deal has been reached with Golden Boy Promotions to bring him to the States. Kratingdaenggym wants Steven Luevano at 126 pounds. Poonsawat has quickly become one of my favorite fighters to watch, and I really look forward to seeing him in America.

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