Is Shane Mosley taking a risk with a tough style matchup his first fight after getting dominated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.? (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
This was touched upon in my fight schedule a couple weeks back, but the WBA has elevated Yuriorkis Gamboa to super champion and made Chris John the champion in recess, paving the way for the WBA to have an unprecedented FOURTH titlist in the same weight class. This does mean that, once John is healthy, he can force a Gamboa fight, which is something he personally seems interested in, but his Indonesian handlers seem to want to avoid.
A few interesting points we haven't already covered here: Dmitry Pirog is in talks with Felix Sturm for a unification fight; Bute-Brinkley has been added to the ESPN3 lineup; Demetrius Andrade has split up with his father as trainer (which can only be good news for Andrade - "you the greatest kid, you the greatest"); and Celestino Caballero is now looking at Jonathan Victor Barros, who lost to Yuriorkis Gamboa in Germany earlier this year, as his potential opponent in November.
Holt, coming off back to back losses against Timothy Bradley and Kaizer Mabuza, will be back in action on the Tarver-Aguilera undercard. Holt has a new manager - Giants' running back Brandon Jacobs - who is a bit more reputable than the old one. Maybe Holt will be less distracted when his manager isn't under investigation for felony distribution and he isn't personally under investigation for smuggling contraband for his manager.
Only days after winning the European super bantamweight title, Spaniard Kiko Martinez has signed to fight yet another Irishman, Willie Casey. Casey really has no notable wins outside of winning this summer's Prizefighter tournament at the weight, and is very inexperienced at only 10-0. However, Martinez seems to have built up somewhat of a fan base in Ireland, having fought there five times before, so taking on an Irish fighter in his first defense may make some sense.
Erik Morales offered Willie Limond a rematch following their fight in Mexico City on Saturday. Which begs the question - why? Many expected Limond to retire after the fight with Morales, but reportedly Limond is mulling sticking around with this offer on the table. Limond claims the altitude in Mexico City led to his stamina dropping out, which allowed Morales to score the knockout. Elsewhere, Morales says he's targeting December 4 or December 11 for his next fight, which would take place in Tijuana, Mexico.
William Dettloff argues that Sergio Mora is just a bad style matchup for Shane Mosley, and that for that reason, the fight might be compelling viewing. This is something our own Ted Sares has pointed out since the minute the fight was signed, and Dettloff is probably right here. That said, a tricky style matchup doesn't necessarily mean it will be a good fight.
An amusing piece from Rafael on how bad some of the rcurrent rankings are. Note to Dan - the rankings for most of the other organizations are just as bad. Hell, look at the IBF's rankings from 135 to 147 if you really want to be sad.
A fight flying way under the radar but that could be a pretty decent one is this weekend's match between Bongani Mwelase and Lovemore N'Dou. Mwelase is over six feet tall and attempting to make the welterweight limit. Last time he tried to make the weight, he missed. A subplot this time is that if he misses weight, he will need to forfeit 40% of his purse, higher than the usual 25%. Evidently, the fight WILL indeed be televised, on channel SS7 at 7:45 p.m. local time in South Africa.