Mandatory Eight Count: James Toney in MMA

UFC 118 Preview: James Toney v. Randy Couture And Boxing Technique In MMA (SBNation.com)
Brent Brookhouse of SBNation.com and Bloody Elbow takes a good look at Saturday's Toney-Couture bout at UFC 118. We'll dissect the fight a little more here at Bad Left Hook tomorrow.

Who Is James Toney? Understanding the Boxing Great Before UFC 118 (Bloody Elbow)
Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.com joined Luke Thomas on MMA Nation on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, DC to talk about James Toney before his MMA debut against Randy Couture at UFC 118. It's a terrific interview.

Capetillo denied license in PR (Fightnews.com)
Giovani Segura will fight Ivan Calderon this Saturday in Puerto Rico. But his trainer, Javier Capetillo, won't be joining him.

David Haye hits back at Audley Harrison's 'man up' jibe (ESPN UK)
Audley Harrison told David Haye to man up. Haye responded on Twitter with the classic retort, "Shut the Fcuk up Fraudley." It's a real cracker.

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr-Ivan Hernandez in Play For Oct. 16 (BoxingScene.com)
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (19-0-1, 16 KO) will return to the ring on October 16 in Florida, and it looks like his opponent will be veteran Ivan Hernandez (27-4-1, 17 KO). Hernandez is mostly a stepping stone-type, realistically. He was retired in three by Toshiaki Nishioka last October, and was retired in four by Israel Vazquez in 2006. He also has a KO-7 loss to Fernando Montiel (2005) and a UD-10 loss to Jose Angel Beranza (2006). He really hasn't beaten anyone of note in years, and his best win ever might be over Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson back in 2004, which effectively retired Johnson. It's really not much of a fight, but it's good to see Vazquez getting back in the ring. Hopefully next year he can test his mettle against some of the division's best. But I do get the feeling that Vazquez might be protected as a Coming Star of Puerto Rico for a little while.

Brooklyn boxer Dmitriy Salita tries to revive career after embarrassing loss in December (New York Daily News)
Dmitriy Salita returns from his terrible one-round loss to Amir Khan in December 2009, which saw Khan finish him off for all intents and purposes with the first clean punch of the fight, after which Salita was a staggering mess until it was stopped. He'll face club fighter Franklin Gonzalez in Brooklyn on September 1. We have a poster in The Fight Poster Project.

Team Berto in bad position on WBC mandatory (MiamiHerald.com)
Lyle Fitzsimmons takes a look at Andre Berto's standing with the WBC, as promoter Lou DiBiella is seemingly attempting to brush aside a fight with Selcuk Aydin, the WBC mandated challenger.

Cleverly and DeGale out to impress for boxing award (STV Sport)
Nathan Cleverly and James DeGale are among the nominees for the Boxing Writer's Club Young Boxer of the Year award. WHO R U PICKING?

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