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Pre-Fight News & Views: Cotto and Mosley weigh in, Pavlik injured, Hopkins-Calzaghe

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.


News: WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and challenger Shane Mosley both weighed in at 146 1/4 pounds for tonight's showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Views: Both guys looked really lean and in great shape, so conditioning doesn't look like it's going to be an overwhelming factor on either side. Just by appearances, it's probably the best shape I've seen Cotto in for any fight.

Undercard weigh-ins were a little more eventful. Both Casamayor and Santa Cruz are fine for their lightweight title bout, and Margarito and Ortiz weighed in under their limits. Golden Johnson and Carlos Maussa were both slightly over, but should be able to make weight relatively easily, if you can consider making weight to ever be easy for just about anyone.

Cotto-Mosley is one of the biggest and best cards of the year, and we'll be here with live, round-by-round coverage and scoring. Join us, and add your comments during the fight.

News: Middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik required 108 stitches to his hands and arms after an accident with a kitchen window at his home. His February fight with Jermain Taylor is still on, as Pavlik should be able to start training again in four weeks.

Views: My favorite part of this story was Pavlik's manager, Cameron Dunkin, discussing the accident: "It was an old window and he was going to put in a new screen. I said to him, 'Why are you doing this? Just buy a new house.'"

He'll have some mild scarring from the stitches, but it shouldn't much bother his career.

News: Joe Calzaghe is continuing to call out Bernard Hopkins, while Hopkins is seemingly open to a fight, but in a decidedly Hopkins-like manner.

Views: Calzaghe said he'd go to Las Vegas or Madison Square Garden and "sort Hopkins out," questioning whether he has the balls to fight him. Hopkins has said he'll step up with an offer, and that he still wants to do the fight in Yankee Stadium before it closes next year. Hopkins wants to fight in midsummer and close the deal before the year is out. So he says.

If it was able to do as well as Hopkins thinks, a Hopkins-Calzaghe fight at Yankee Stadium would be a landmark for boxing. I don't think it would, though. Madison Square Garden is the ideal venue for the fight, and I think someone will talk Hopkins into that at some point.

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