Mandatory Eight Count: People Are Mad Edition

Jackie Kallen is hoping to rejuvenate boxing in Detroit.

Kevin Cunningham explodes (
Kevin Cunningham doesn't buy Freddie Roach's claim that Amir Khan will go after Devon Alexander (his fighter) and Tim Bradley after Paul Malignaggi. Cunningham is getting incredibly vocal, and echoes something we said the other day: "Buildup. We hear about buildup. Who the f**k are they going to fight to build up the division? All of these guys should fight each other and out will emerge a superstar."

Jackie Kallen goal: Restoring Detroit's fight scene (Detroit Free Press)
Jackie Kallen, who used to work for the Kronk Gym and guided James Toney's early career, is looking to get boxing (and MMA) a foothold in Detroit. The recent Dirrell-Abraham fight in Detroit garnered little interest, but the crowd there was quite vocal and into the action. Detroit isn't going to host a mega-fight any time soon, but starting small is what Kallen wants to do, and building from there is certainly reasonable.

This is one of the most crotchety interviews you'll ever read. After bashing all of today's trainers in one fell swoop, Al Certo is asked by Percy Crawford if he could name a couple he likes. Certo responds, "I don't even know who is out there anymore." But he does make some damn valid points, and it's a very fiery and interesting read.

Boxer Paul Williams to fight Kermit Cintron Saturday (Los Angeles Times)
HBO's Kery Davis finally admits that Williams is 6'3". And Williams' team is still adamant that he can make 147 comfortable. At this point, let's just see it.

From Malignaggi to Arizona, the immigration fight is everywhere (
Norm Frauenheim's article discusses the immigration battle going on right now, which applies a bit with Amir Khan still waiting to get into the United States for his May 15 fight with Paul Malignaggi. Malignaggi, a New Yorker, has his own thoughts on the subject. It's no surprise this issue has become a sticking point in boxing, a truly international sport where foreigners come to the United States frequently to fight.

Backus, Basilio grand marshals of Boxing Hall's induction weekend (The Observer-Dispatch)
As always, Hall of Fame weekend in Canastota will be star-studded. Carmen Basilio and his nephew Billy Backus will serve as grand marshals.

Danny Williams to quit boxing and work as a bodyguard for celebrities (Daily Mail)
Danny Williams has a fight with Derek Chisora on May 15, on the Katsidis-Mitchell card. He plans that to be his final fight. We'll see.

Fernando Vargas announces fights at McDermont Field House (Visalia Times-Delta)
Fernando Vargas will be promoting a fight card headlined by former flyweight titlist Martin Castillo (35-3, 18 KO), who will take on Vernie Torres (27-12, 15 KO). Tickets for the Lindsay, California show are priced at $25, $40 and $75.

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