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0013729e4ad90c0aafb70c_mediumTop Rank will run some FNF Cards | Dan Rafael's Blog

For well over a decade, Top Rank boxing ran its own show on ESPN, but they haven't been running cards on ESPN too much in the recent past.  Next season, Top Rank should be running two or three cards on Friday Night Fights.  I just wish it was MORE televised boxing, rather than Top Rank taking over time slots that some other promoter might have been able to get. 

Zhang Zhilei goes pro | FIghtnews

For those who don't remember, Zhilei was the 6'8" 255 pound behemoth who won a silver medal in the Beijing Olympics.  Yes, he got a bit of home cooking, but he has some talent and some skills, so he could make some noise a few years down the road.  He doesn't seem to be significantly worse than David Price, who's getting some hype in the UK.  This is the first fruit of the partnership between Lou Duva and China Boxing. 

Toronto's Loving Marvin Sonsona |

Toronto's Pinoy population of nearly 200,000 is getting excited about tonight's title shot against Carita Lopez.  If Sonsona wins, he'd be the youngest current titlist, and (I believe) the seventh fighter to win a title while in his teens.  The article also mentions that depending on the turnout tonight, promoter Allan Tremblay may try hosting more Filipino fighters in Toronto, since there is such a large population there. 

Let the Hype Train Begin | The Sun

Not content to wait until he's actually done something, The Sun touts 14 year old amateur heavyweight Kash Hussein as the next big thing.  At 6'4", he's big alright, but can he actually fight?  If he does do well in the long-term, it might be scary to see just how much the British media tries to force feed a heavyweight fighter of Pakistani descent down the public's throat.

Nonito Donaire with Dengue Fever | ESPN

Sucks to be him. 

Reason # 495872345 that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. isn't his father | Boxingscene

Last week, probably the actual top Mexican prospect Saul Alvarez called Chavez out.  Chavez Jr. shrugged him off, saying Alvarez just isn't a good enough opponent.  Because I'm sure that 28-0 Alvarez is that much worse than, say, Matt Vanda or Jason LeHoullier. 

Estrada, Martin, McGirt win | Bragging Rights Corner

Jason "Big Six" Estrada knocked out Zuri Lawrence, Christy Martin soldiered on, winning a vacant paper title despite being wayyyy past her best, and James McGirt Jr. stays busy with a win over Anthony Pietrantonio.  

A Look at Cris Arreola | San Diego Boxing Examiner

A bit of a puff piece, but a well-done one, on the life and times of the fighter making a bid to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent.

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