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What you can't see here is that there are two even shorter George Foremans on the right, making 5 bars.  George III, who's turning pro next week, is on the left.
What you can't see here is that there are two even shorter George Foremans on the right, making 5 bars. George III, who's turning pro next week, is on the left.
  • On the untelevised Berto-Urango undercard, Yusef Mack knocked out former title challenger DeAndrey Abron in the 4th round, while heavyweight prospects Tor Hamer and Wilmer Vasquez both won their fights, Hamer by knockout and Vasquez by split decision.  Vasquez was an Olympian with Venezuela, and falls into that general category of raw Venezuelan sluggers, only a lot bigger than most of them.  He reminds me a bit of Michael Grant, though hopefully his chin is better than Grant's.  He hasn't gotten much publicity, but if he keeps winning, he'll make a name for himself eventually.  
  • According to Dan Rafael, Shane Mosley wants Manny Pacquiao.  Seriously, who doesn't?  Anyway, Mosley says he'd be willing to boil down to a catchweight below 147 for the matchup.  
  • Yuriorkis Gamboa is about to sign a co-promotional contract with Top Rank.  In addition, it looks like his proposed fight with Celestino Caballero won't happen - the money just isn't there.
  • Mike Alvarado has pulled out of his fight with Paulie Malignaggi.  Juan Diaz has been mentioned as a possible opponent, though I'll believe that one when I see it. 
  • Mexican prospect Abner Mares has signed with Israel Vasquez's manager, Frankie Espinoza.  Proving that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, Nacho Beristain promptly dumped Mares as one of his trainees.  Espinoza is a MUCH better businessman than Beristain, but Mares will need to find another good trainer now.  
  • Steve Cunningham will face Wayne Braithwaite in an eliminator on the untelevised undercard of Darchinyan-Agbeko.  How is is that this man never manages to get on TV?  Also, Cunningham has left Jeff Mayweather in favor of training with Nazeem Richardson.  Not a bad move up there.  Not on the undercard - Witter-Alexander. 
  • George Foreman III will be making his professional debut next week.  Didn't know that the original George Foreman was a junior?  He wasn't - George Foreman II is big George's eldest son, and George III is one of his younger sons.  There are a few other Georges as well.  I still don't know how his wife differentiates all of them.  He's another late entrant to the ring generally, so we'll see if he can develop into anything, but he has his father's physical stature.  "Monk" is already 26, and had no amateur career.