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Mandatory Eight Count: No Vic Darchinyan-Raul Martinez fight

Money KOs Martinez-Darchinyan bout (San Antonio Express-News)
An attempt to make a Vic Darchinyan-Raul Martinez fight for the Arthur Abraham-Andre Dirrell undercard on March 6 has fallen through over about $30,000 on the Martinez side. It's an odd fight to try to make, really, as Martinez was wiped out in four rounds by Nonito Donaire (at 112 pounds) just last year.

Roger Mayweather to face trial on charges of battery (AFP)
LittleFloyd's uncle (I love when BigFloyd calls him "LittleFloyd") will be going to trial in the assault case that came up just before LittleFloyd's return fight last year, in which he's accused of coercion, battery-strangulation and battery causing substantial bodily harm charges against Melissa St. Vil. Mayweather's attorney says he'll plead not guilty.

Pacquiao's trainer wins jury verdict (Los Angeles Wave)
Speaking of trainers and assault cases, Freddie Roach was cleared by a Los Angeles jury of an assault claim by Gregorio Asuncion and his wife, Allyson. Asuncion used to be part of Manny Pacquiao's entourage. The jury rejected the claim. Roach came to court in "shorts and a sweat shirt."

Spike to air 'Facing Ali' (Variety)
I don't know if you've seen "Facing Ail" yet, but it's worth it. SpikeTV will be airing the documentary in primetime on February 15. The documentary features 10 past Ali opponents (George Chuvalo, Sir Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ron Lyle, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, and Ernie Terrell) discussing what it was like to fight Ali in the ring and how he affected them outside of it.

Luevano's toughest fight is for respect (LA Daily News)
Hey, look! Someone is acknowledging that Steven Luevano, reigning featherweight titlist, is not some stiff that Juan Manuel Lopez should be expected to run over on January 23. Robert Morales wrote this piece.

Johnny Tapia OK'ed for release program (KRQE News 13 New Mexico)
Johnny Tapia is being released from prison to serve the rest of his sentence in a monitoring program. He was sentenced to a year in prison last September. He plans to train for a fight at New Mexico's Ohkay Casino in March. Tapia turns 43 in February.

Interview with Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (FightHype)
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad weighs in on Mosley-Berto, Pacquiao and Mayweather, where he gushes about Saint Floyd "giving" Pacquiao ring size, as if Nevada doesn't have a standardized 20x20 ring, for God's sake. Needless to say, Eddie's Burger King cup is Team Floyd.

Muslim and Sikh boxers fight to overturn beard ban (BBC News)
I'm sure you get the gist of this story from the title.

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