According to Michael Marley, Alfredo Angulo is having issues with having illegally entered the country, and HBO is backing off of him because illegal immigration is such a hot button topic. Marley's source for the story? Bob Arum, which is a scummy move on Arum's part, even if it is true. Arum doesn't promote Angulo, and has no business saying bad things about him. Of course, now Arum gets to use this as an excuse when he doesn't pit any of his fighters (Chavez, Martirosyan, Cotto, Foreman, etc.) against Angulo, who is one of the most exciting in the division.
In a one sentence blurb, Steve Kim comments on the Alfredo Angulo situation, basically saying that it's known that he's having immigration problems, but that he's heading back to Mexico to get them fixed. We'll see where things comes out on this one, but when you have a guy making six figures, I'm liable to believe Kim on this one. If HBO doesn't want to deal with Angulo, it's probably because of his nonsense turning down $750,000 for a Martinez fight with a guarantee of a second HBO fight, when he was really in zero position to do so.
As reported yesterday, Top Rank is putting together a small PPV card for December 4. Per the tweets, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will likely face Pawel Wolak or Alfonso Gomez. Also being discussed is Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon. Finally, they're also looking at putting Nonito Donaire on the card, possibly against Wladimir Sidorenko, although that one seems like a long shot for a multitude of reasons.
For Edwards, boxing is a backup plan in case there's an NFL strike or lockout next year, as many anticipate. Evidently, since Edwards started training for boxing, he's reduced his body fat from 15% to 6%, which helped fuel his breakout season last year. He also trained with Emmanuel Steward for a little while, although he's been training locally in Minneapoils now.
Promotional rivals Hayemaker Boxing and Frank Warren have made offers and counteroffers for UK prospects James DeGale and George Groves to meet in December. The two seem to be really working on building this fight, and DeGale and Groves have some legitimate bad blood, despite neither man having more than 10 pro fights. Just because of where they are in their careers, I doubt they actually fight, but it's nice to see promoters working on building a bigger fight for a few years down the road. And if they do fight, it will be a pleasant surprise - it's very rare to see two prospects of this caliber fight each other this early in their respective careers.
For a minute there was almost a threat that Kelly Pavlik might be involved in a halfway decent fight on the Pacquiao-Margarito undercard. Daniel Edouard had reportedly pulled out of his fight with Pavlik, and Top Rank was in discussions for former title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo to be the replacement. Instead, Edouard came back and changed his mind, so he'll still be facing Edouard in an absolute stinker of a fight.
Two of Ireland's biggest gate attractions might be preparing to face each other at the end of the year. John Duddy's manager Craig Hamilton and Andy Lee's manager Emmanuel Steward have reportedly agreed for the two men to fight, also on December 4. The idea would have been to put the fight on the Cotto-Chavez undercard in New York, but now that Cotto's not on the card and it will be out in California, that might not make as much sense. Still, the two might want to keep this one in the back of their minds, as other opportunities for a New York fight will arise.
Golden Boy Promotions sued bitter rival promotional powerhouse Top Rank, its chairman, Bob Arum, and chief financial officer David Lopez in federal court Tuesday, accusing them of racketeering and millions of dollars in fraud. Well, if Mayweather-Pacquiao falling apart didn't seal it, this does - the cold war between boxing's two biggest promotional firms is back on.