The purse bid for a second fight between Ring Magazine lightweight champion and WBO interim titlist Joel Casamayor and WBO/WBA/IBF titleholder Nate Campbell was won by Campbell's promoter, Don King, for $1.22 million, over twice the Golden Boy bid of $571,000.
King may have gone high -- and no one would argue that the bid isn't surprising -- simply to get the rights to promote the bout. It is the fight Campbell has reported to want, and Casamayor has seemed to back off prior statements of wanting "bigger" fights. Whether or not King and Golden Boy (Casamayor's promoters) can come to an agreement is another question. King wants to stage the fight on August 27th. He has until May 29 to send the contract to Casamayor and Golden Boy, and all parties have until June 3 to complete the signings.
The WBO says the split will be 50-50 between the two camps should the fight actually take place. One would assume this is now on Golden Boy and Casamayor, but you never know exactly what anyone is thinking, no matter what they say publicly. King won the right to place blame, though.
The two previously met in 2003, when Casamayor won a ten-round unanimous decision.
Anthony Mundine is talkin' again. The guy can talk, let's give him that. He is now saying that after his pointless third fight with Sam Soliman, he wants to move down to middleweight and fight someone like Kelly Pavlik or Winky Wright, assuming he can't get a 168-pound title match with Joe Calzaghe. He ran around several excuses to not fight Mikkel Kessler again, none of which had anything to do with Mikkel Kessler destroying him the first time they met.
I would like to see Mundine move down to middleweight, though. Despite the fact that his mouth leads me to dislike him, I don't think he's a bad fighter, and 160 could use more talent. I'd rather see Pavlik-Mundine than Pavlik-Rubio. We won't see that, but it'd be a fine fight.
Also, who is Winky Wright?