Miguel Cotto may be back in action against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on December 4 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo has reportedly turned down an offer of at least $750,000 to face Sergio Martinez for the world middleweight title. ESPN is reporting that the offer may have been as high as $1 million. This is getting a little absurd for an up-and-comer trying to make a name for himself. First, Angulo vacated his interim title so he wouldn't have to face full titlist Sergei Dzinziruk, and now he's turning down career high paydays to face the true middleweight champion. Angulo claims he just wanted to be treated fairly. Both promoter Gary Shaw and manager Mike Criscio are on record saying that they think Angulo should have taken the offer. This seems to reopen the door for a Williams-Martinez rematch.
It's incredible just how much the mainstream media has turned on Floyd Mayweather Jr. This article is by Scoop Jackson, long one of Mayweather's biggest public supporters, very publicly jumping off the bandwagon for not making a fight with Manny Pacquiao. The fight falling apart certainly isn't all Mayweather's fault, but you wouldn't know it if you were just following the coverage of the negotiations in ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo and other major media outlets.
Andrew Fruman does the classic round by round treatment for the first fight between Anselmo Moreno and Nehomar Cermeno, in which Moreno got the extremely tight decision in a highly contested bout. Not many people had the chance to see the first fight, since it wasn't available by live streaming (which the rematch is), so this is worth a read if you plan on checking out this weekend's rematch.
HBO is exploring the possibility of putting on a triple-header of title fights in October. None of the fights stand out on their own, but with three good fighters, it might be worth tuning in. Sergei Dzinziruk would likely face Luis Collazo, as mentioned previously by Scott, in Collazo's first bout at 154. Berto's possible opponents include Andriy Kotelnik, who many thought beat Devon Alexander last weekend, and Cornelius Bundrage, who won a title at 154 pounds with a victory over Cory Spinks last weekend. Caballero's opponent hasn't been publicly discussed, although there are rumblings that his camp is in negotiations with Jason Litzau. The proposed card would be at the Brooklyn Mets' minor league stadium in Coney Island.
As usual, Beck started decently enough but started to have trouble after a few rounds. Leapai is a fun, aggressive fighter, and with his current streak of wins over faded former contenders, maybe he'll start to get a higher profile. He fights Danny Williams in a month, and if he gets past Williams and Cris Arreola gets past Manuel Quezada tomorrow night, I'd love to see a fight between Leapai and Arreola, which could really bring some fireworks.
With Glen Johnson losing this past weekend, the fight between Chad Dawson and Jean Pascal might also be for the lineal light heavyweight championship, if you believe that Zsolt Erdei vacated when he moved up to cruiserweight, or if you believe that Erdei was never the champ to begin with. If Pascal wins, he'll be the first Canadian to arguably win a lineal title on Canadian soil. Gary Shaw goes on to mention that he'd like to turn Montreal into Dawson's new 'home town', and that the bout he's looking to set up between Dawson and Lucian Bute would be at a catchweight of 172 pounds, for the light heavyweight title only. Bute will reportedly be sitting ringside, and probably will have great interest in facing the winner, whoever it may be.
Let's hope Rafael keeps positng as many juicy tidbits as he has in his first few days with the account (which is confirmed by Rafael as real). Probably the most significant tweet up to this point is that Bob Arum is putting the finishing touches on a December 4 pay-per-view bout between Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., to take place in Madison Square Garden. He also mentioned that Peter Manfredo Jr. has been signed to a promotional contract with Lou DiBella. Considering the lack of depth in the middleweight division at the moment, there are a ton of good fights that could be made with Manfredo.
Rahman continues to take light touches while on his comeback trail. He was badly beaten by Wladimir Klitschko in late 2008, and has been slowly stepping up his competition from scrub to gatekeeper since then. He'll be taking on Damon Reed this weekend, who should get Rahman some rounds but little else. Unfortunately, Rahman has been back in the 260 pound range lately, which sort of shows he's not taking this comeback all that seriously. Maybe he should focus more on helping his son launch his amateur career.