Legendary boxer and president of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya says the highly hyped match between Manny Paquiao and Floyd Mayweather is close to being finalized. We've heard this song and dance before, and at this point, I'll believe it when they have the press conference. Hat tip to FlyByKnight.
Pryor inflicted steady damage on Lockett, causing his corner to stop the bout before the seventh round. Also on the card, Julio Cesar Matthews barely escaped with his undefeated record in what was described as an entertaining brawl.
This past weekend was induction weekend for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. This article goes over some of the festivities, including video.
FanHouse caught up to impeccably dressed, 51-year-old former six-division world champion Thomas Hearns for an interview covering Steward, Kronk and Superbad. Hat tip to Soulrise.
While in Canastota for the IBHOF festivities, promoter Wilfried Sauerland stated that Marco Huck's next fight will come against Ring top-10 ranked fighter Matt Godfrey. Sauerland was the only promoter inducted into the Hall this year, although in many ways, he appears to just be hitting his stride. In addition, Sauerland has still been mentioning the idea of a cruiserweight super six, which would almost certainly include Huck, Steve Cunningham and Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
BLH's own Ted Sares has been a long time champion of the cause to get Lopez into the Hall, and it honestly seems like this couldn't have happened to a humbler guy. Other inductees include Howard Cossell (represented by his son), Billy Miske (represented by his grandson), Jung-Koo Chang (who says he'll be returning every year, like many other hall-of-famers), Sauerland, New Jersey boxing commissioner Larry Hazzard, Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler and manager Shelly Finkel.
TBB's Japanese correspondent Sidney Boquiren sat down with Japanese-based American fighter Charles Bellamy, AKA Charlie Ota. Ota provides some interesting perspective on a situation that not too many Americans face, but that he has in common with a lot of other fighters - trying to win and build a base outside of his home country. Ota is getting close to a title shot in the junior welterweight division, so his name may be one to remember in the future, especially with such an interesting story.