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With Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs) agreeing to go through with the bout, Campbell will still make his...

With Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs) agreeing to go through with the bout, Campbell will still make his $240,000 purse. Often, in these cases, the opposing fighter negotiates to receive a portion of the other purse for his trouble. However, Funeka and co-promoter Cedric Kushner did not demand any money from Campbell's purse. "They wanted to go through with the fight and I appreciate Cedric and Funeka not trying to rake Nate over the coals," Trekas said. "We all feel terrible about what happened. I can't say enough positive about Cedric and Funeka for keeping the fight together. Funeka could have not fought and faced somebody else for the vacant title, somebody who would not be nearly as tough as Nate."

Dan Rafael at ESPN.com

Promoters Gary Shaw and Don King are close to finalizing a Feb. 14 doubleheader on which rising...

Promoters Gary Shaw and Don King are close to finalizing a Feb. 14 doubleheader on which rising junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo will face ex-titlist Ricardo Mayorga in a battle of brawlers, Shaw told ESPN.com. Shaw said he and King have made a deal on the money but King was still going over some details with HBO. "Angulo's Valentine's Day gift for Mayorga will be a kiss goodbye out of boxing," Shaw said. The other bout would be unified lightweight titlist Nate Campbell defending against South African mandatory challenger Ali Funeka, who recently signed with Shaw. King and Campbell have to work things out between them. Funeka is not known in the U.S., but he turned in a devastating fourth-round knockout performance against Zahir Raheem in July to earn the title shot.

Two early contenders for fight of the year in 2009 - from Dan Rafael's Notebook
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