Mandatory Eight Count: Stuff in the Basement

Evander Holyfield is still looking for the undisputed world heavyweight championship. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Dan Rafael's Weekend Notebook (
Nothing major that we haven't already talked about this week, but always worth reading, and there are some tidbits in there, including Nonito Donaire being set for the Cotto-Chavez PPV, but not against Fernando Montiel (shocker!). The feature is on Klitschko-Peter II, which I think is a fight laying really low, and Cameron Dunkin has a lot to say about Kelly Pavlik.

Watt: Course and distance win for Ricky (Evening Times)
Former lightweight world champion Jim Watt believes fellow Scot Ricky Burns will need to thoroughly outbox Roman Martinez to become Scotland's 12th "world champion." He adds, "Ricky can do it, but it is going to take a career-best performance."

Canelo Alvarez workout (
Photo gallery and a quick quote from Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's Thursday workout in Guadalajara. Alvarez faces well-faded former welterweight champ Carlos Baldomir on Sept. 18 in Los Angeles.

Search still on for missing son of boxing promoter (The Associated Press)
John Arum, the 49-year-old son of Bob Arum, is still missing in the Cascade Mountains. Twelve searchers and two helicopters are looking for Arum, who was reported missing on Monday. Best wishes to the Arum family.

Get ready for Molitor-Ndlovu III (
Despite two wins over Takalani Ndlovu already, if Steve Molitor beats Jason Booth on Sept. 11, he'll be obligated to fight him a third time. Ndlovu beat Jeffrey Mathebula on Wednesday. "Who in the hell wants that fight?" wonders Molitor's promoter, Allan Tremblay. It's a really valid question.

Japanese Scene News & Notes: Updates on Hozumi Hasegawa, Takahiro Ao, Katsunari Takayama & Tomoki Kameda (The Boxing Bulletin)
As always, Sidney Boquiren keeps you abreast of all the latest developments in Japanese boxing.

Evander ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield talks up David Haye fight (Telegraph)
If you were a big Evander Holyfield fan, look away.

Thomas Hearns is not finished yet (Express & Star)
Tommy Hearns, who is about to turn 52, still wants to fight. It's genuinely sad how badly Hearns wants to still be the fighter he was 25 years ago.

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