Sakio Bika is rumored to be a potential replacement for Mikkel Kessler in the Super Six tournament. via sakiobika.com
I guess it's official that the Super Six has gone from being at an all-time high, after thrilling fights between Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch, as well as Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham, to a new all-time low. With shenanigans about pull outs and reschedulings, it's been getting a lot more negative press lately. This article mentions that the "likely" replacements for Mikkel Kessler are Dmitry Sartison, Robert Stieglitz, Brian Magee and Andy Lee, although it's not clear whether that comes from a source or is speculation.
On the other hand, Mark Vester is hearing rumors that Sakio Bika would be Mikkel Kessler's replacement. This has a few problems. First, Bika officially did lose his last fight. Second, a Bika-Green fight has fallen through at least twice before. Finally, Green's contract reportedly says he's supposed to fight in the U.S.
The latest entry of the Ring blog looks at the criteria used by two of its voters in determining their pound for pound top 10.
Manny Pacquiao was taken to the hospital Friday evening after complaining of pain on his left foot shortly after going through a rigorous two-hour workout at the Elorde Gym in Quezon City. Turned out to be nothing serious, and Freddie Roach said it was a recurring injury, but it might be something to keep an eye on as Pacquiao's preparations to face Antonio Margarito continue.
It looks like a Guillermo Jones fight might actually happen. In what must be some kind of record, WBA cruiserweight titlist Guillermo Jones hasn't actually fought since September 2008, but he hasn't been stripped. This is the fourth time a bout between he and his mandatory Valery Brudov has been scheduled - we'll see if it actually comes off this time. What's sad is that Jones' last opponent, Firat Arslan, has actually retired and unretired since losing to Jones.
A couple days after Scott describes the origins of the cold war between Top Rank and Golden Boy, Dan Rafael attempts to do the same.
There was only one notable card in Sunday. In the Philippines, John Mark Apolinario won the WBO's regional super flyweight title with a win over Vincent Palicte. Also winning, and fighting for the first time since losing to Celestino Caballero, Daud Yordan scored a fifth round knockout over 1-2-1 Christian Avila.
Eric Raskin goes into how the Internet has affected the chances of fighters from more obscure countries to get into boxing's hall of fame.