The full article is behind MaxBoxing's paywall, but Steve Kim is reporting that Bob Arum is working out a deal that would further extend his recently formed relationship with Showtime and CBS. He's currently working to have Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s next fight, against Sebastian Zbik, on regular CBS. If it happens, it would be the first boxing on American network TV in a long, long time. While it's an odd fight to choose, Chavez actually has turned into a draw. His fight on FSN actually outdrew HBO's broadcast of Bradley-Alexander, by preliminary ratings (though Bradley-Alexander did get pretty strong ratings). While it would probably be an ugly fight, any fight on network TV that draws more than flies would be a very good thing for the sport.
Retired former titlist Robin Reid will be coming out of retirement for the next edition of Prizefighter, which will feature super middleweights. Reid's been toast for a while, but he's following the trend of older fighters taking a shot at what could be a career-reviving event. Also rumored to be fighting, but not yet confirmed, are Tony Quigley and Carl Dilks, which would already make it a much better field than a lot of recent tournaments.
Hat tip to Chaos100. British welterweight Kell Brook has urged Amir Khan to take him on in an all-British showdown. As pointed out in the comments of the fanpost, if Khan is going to move to 147, there are just much better fights available for him there. More importantly, he has unfinished business at 140. A win over Timothy Bradley would basically make him the undisputed champ at 140 (yeah, he wouldn't have all the belts, but all of the top guys will have fought each other and he will have come out on top). After a lackluster performance against Devon Alexander, a Bradley fight has to look pretty darn enticing to Khan. Elsewhere, it seems likely that Khan's next fight will come against former titlist Junior Witter.
Joan Guzman admitted at a hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday that he used a banned substance prior to a December fight, and has been fined and suspended, according to executive director Keith Kizer. Big frigging surprise. It's a shock anyone lets him near a ring at this point.
According to Vic Darchinyan's manager, the WBC will be ordering a rematch of the fight (and my personal fight of the year for 2010) between Abner Mares and Vic Darchinyan. It's just for the silver title, so there isn't a massive amount of motivation to take this on from that perspective, but if both Mares and Darchinyan win their next fights in Showtime's bantamweight tournament, it seems likely that the fight will happen. Both fighters have expressed an interest, we already know Showtime would be interested, and there just aren't that many other big money fights available, especially if Nonito Donaire moves up in weight after his fight against Fernando Montiel, as he has said he will do.
Filipino lightweight prospect Mercito Gesta (20-0-1, 10 KOs), fighting on Solo Boxeo later this month, says he's targeting a fight with Brandon Rios. Say what you will about both men, but that would be a hell of a fight. Unfortunately, the cold war between Golden Boy and Top Rank will probably prevent that from ever happening.
I've always liked Jacobs' talent, and he had some obvious flaws come out against Dmitry Pirog. It would be interesting to see whether Roach can instill some real improvements. Jacobs is a Roach type of fighter, with fast hands and fast feet, so if Jacobs takes well to learning, I could see this relationship working out pretty well.