In Dan Rafael's notebook, he mentions that Gary Shaw has started negotiating with HBO to target a fight between Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander for the end of January. Alexander would have to get past Andreas Kotelnik, and Bradley might still take another interim fight in between. Shaw also mentioned he'd be willing to make a fight if Golden Boy called about Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana, but that they haven't reached out to him. Other tidbits - Soto-Antillon coming in September; Mike Jones might face Lanardo Tyner next; Sergio Martinez might face Alfredo Angulo next; and more Khan-Marquez talk.
Attorneys for unlicensed boxer Antonio Margarito have filed a three-page letter among a 70-page file of legal briefs urging the Nevada State Athletic Commission to reconsider its decision to not relicense Margarito. All signs are pointing to Margarito being Pacquiao's next opponent. If he's not able to get licensed in Nevada, then the two other main contenders for the fight seem to be Monterrey, Mexico and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Lenny Zappa stopped Billy Sumba in 2. Denis Shafikov remained undefeated fighting a scrub, but fellow prospect Sherali Mamadaliev was knocked out by a guy with an 8-7 record. Gary Russel Jr. and Nestor Rocha both pulled off impressive wins on Fight Night Club. But the fight of the night was Oscar Andrade's win over Ramon Valdez, which was another fun four round slugfest.
Thomas Hauser explains what really happened there, and why Leonard Ellerby could say with a straight face that he wasn't negotiating for a fight. Basically, all negotiations were run through Ross Greenburg, who's doing a lot more than what you'd expect a network exec to do. Anyway, this article provides more insight on the situation than most.
A solid article and interview with Dan Goosen regarding Beibut Shumenov, who has gone from promoting himself to being promoted by Goosen. Goosen thinks we'll see a new Shumenov tonight, now that he's able to focus 100% on training and boxing, now that he's not also promoting his own fights (which included everything from trying to sell TV rights to procuring venues to marketing). One other thing mentioned that I hadn't realized is that Shumenov has a law degree. In related news, his opponent Vyacheslav Uzelkov will be without his regular trainer for tonight's fight, as he wasn't able to make it out of Russia.
A fluffy little piece from Kevin Iole about Robert Guerrero and how he's handled his wife Casey's battle with cancer. Guerrero will face Joel Casamayor on next week's Marqiez-Diaz II undercard.
Carlos Acevedo uses his acerbic style to look behind Golden Boy's spin control after getting their New York suspension lifted.
I just had to include this because it might be the most ludicrous headline I've ever seen.