News will probably drop off a cliff Thurs-Sun, as I will be trying to catch up on the huge amount of fights being aired during that time.
Having said that.. let's get cooking. As usual, new stories will be towards the bottom.
So if you didn't see Miguel Roman retire Ponce de Leon, it was a pretty good fight. He's got his sights lined up for Sergio Thompson.. which IMO would be a great fight between two top#25 guys from Mexico.
So WBC Cruiserweight champion Wlodarczyk has ducked top contender Grigory Drozd in favor of facing Haymon-backed BJ Flores. I imagine the offer he got to fight Flores [probably on Showtime] was too big to turn down.
Thomas Oosthuizen apparently had a return scheduled for August 9... which he pulled out of. He's pulled out of .. what.. 3-4 cards since December? I think this guy is done.
Pawel Kolodziej rumored to be facing Denis Lebedev.
Gamboa says he is planning to drop to 130lbs or even 126lbs.
I think if he can make 126lbs, he was just a wrecking ball there. I think it is more likely he goes to 130lbs, though.
Ooo, some juicy details about Al Haymon that I was not aware of before.
Adamek vs Szpilka has been rumored for a while. I don't think it comes off... I think Adamek's camp are probably asking for too much.
Crawford vs Beltran in Omaha in November? Sign me up!
I'm one of the [apparent few] who felt like Diego Magdaleno beat Rocky Martinez, and got hosed on the cards. Bryan Vasquez turned in a great performance his last time out against Jose Felix.
This'd be a fun match up in my opinion.
Shafikov vs Nugaev as an IBF eliminator on ESPN on 08/15. This should be good. I kinda hope Nugaev wins? Nothing against Shafikov, but he had his shot against Vazquez and lost every round.
Randall Bailey begging Al Haymon out in the open. On the one hand, it's kinda sad. On the other hand, do what you gotta do to get paid, man.
David Haye talking some shit out of retirement. Semi unrelated... I notice Joe Calzaghe does the same. What is it with British boxers and saying stuff when they're effectively out of the game?
I guess Haye is more likely to come back than Calzaghe, though. I think IF Haye does come back, he will have been out of the ring for 3 years by that point. And only three fights from July 2010 - July 2012 ...
Groves set to come back September 20 against Chris Rebrasse of France.
You'd expect a soft opponent for a comeback, and this is definitely taking a step back down to the Euro-level. Only my opinion.
Andy Ruiz vs Nagy Aguilera set for August 9th. I gotta say.. Ruiz physique isn't going to impress anybody, but they're matching him very aggressively. I like it.
Rios says he is going to be in shape for this fight. He hasn't looked in shape for a fight since he fought at 135lbs. Let's see.
Mikey Garcia jokingly says "I am retired from boxing." Yeah that's not a joke, I think he really is. He has been on the shelf 5 months, going on 6 months. No return bout or opponent listed yet. WBO says you have to defend every 9 months. I think this dude is gonna wind up getting stripped, and fade out waiting for his contract with Top Rank to expire.
Antonio DeMarco vs Wale Omotoso? Sounds like a good fight. That Omotoso vs Vargas fight was good if I remember correctly.
Jean Pascal vs Tavoris Cloud? Man that is an awful fight. Cloud hasn't won a fight in three years. He's lost three straight - to Campillo, to Hopkins, and then to Stevenson.
This is a sad state of affairs.
Not sure what kind of management Joseph Parker has when you can be 9-0 and turn down a camp invitation from Wladimir Klitscko. Just seems kind of dumb to me.
Main Events decided to waste one of their monthly NBC Sports TV dates on this bullshit...
Vyacheslav Glazkov vs Derric Rossy
Robert Berridge vs Vasily Lepikhin
Joseph Parker vs Sherman Williams
So Rigo's next fight against a Thailand guy got busted down from HBO to Unimas. Man.
The IBF Bantamweight title that was recently vacated is now up for grabs between Randy Caballero and hilariously.. Stuart Hall.
To summarize the brief history of this belt
Vacated by Leo Santa Cruz
put up for grabs between Jamie McDonnell and Julio Ceja
McDonnell got the decision in England but many felt Ceja won it
McDonnell is stripped of the belt
Belt goes up for grabs between Stuart Hall and Vusi Malinga
Hall wins it, and in his first defense, he gets a cut due to headbutt vs Martin Ward and the fight is called off
Then he loses the belt to Paul Butler
Paul Butler immediately vacates
Oh, the IBF. I bet either Ceja or McDonnell would like another crack at this belt rather than the guy who JUST LOST IT.
The WBA 108lb world champion has been Interim for so long they decided to make him the only world champion. His name is Alberto Rossell.
Kirkland vs Canelo? Sign me up!
"Great storyline" he says. How about you just not give us a crappy fight? How about that?