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Mandatory Eight Count: Margarito Camp Puzzled By Roach Wraps Comments

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

Darchinyan-Mares, Perez-Agbeko Moving To Los Angeles (
Rick Reeno of says that sources indicated to him that Showtime was not thrilled with traveling to Leon, Mexico, for their December 11 bantamweight showcase, and that the card will now be held in Los Angeles. Several venues are being discussed.

Steve Molitor signs four-year promotional agreement with Top Rank (
Steve Molitor is looking to make a name for himself in the United States, and has signed a four-year deal with Top Rank. Molitor's now-former promoter, Allan Tremblay, appears to have no hard feelings, as he felt he'd taken Molitor as far as he was going to be able to take the Canadian fighter. Molitor last fought in September, beating Jason Booth in the UK.

Nathan Cleverly wants to silence Tavoris Cloud (The Sun)
This one is really interesting. After being called out by IBF light heavyweight titlist Tavoris Cloud, Nathan Cleverly has made clear that he's ready and willing to fight the American. Cleverly (20-0, 10 KO) beat Karo Murat in a WBO eliminator at the big Magnificent Seven show in September, and will be fighting for an interim WBO title on December 11 against Alejandro Lakatos on another big Frank Warren event. Cloud-Cleverly could make a lot of sense for both next year, though location will probably wind up being an issue. Don King isn't afraid of taking his fighters abroad, but even still Cloud might have reservations about fighting Cleverly in Wales.

Judah gets back on path to relevance (New York Post)
George Willis talks Zab Judah. Judah turned 33 on October 27, so happy late birthday to him, and faces Lucas Matthysse in his return to HBO on Saturday night. Judah's last HBO-aired fight came two years ago on the Calzaghe-Jones PPV undercard.

Pacquiao-Margarito camps trade barbs (The Manila Bulletin)
Francisco Espinosa, co-manager of Antonio Margarito, is getting upset that Freddie Roach keeps talking about Antonio Margarito's hand wrap scandal. Says Espinosa, "At first we took it as a joke, but he continues saying things." I suppose it's easy to confuse it for yuks. Good call.

David Haye's been battering me - Tony Thompson warns Audley Harrison (ESPN UK)
Tony Thompson has been sparring with David Haye, and rumor is that Thompson put Haye on the mat in training. Audley Harrison thinks that's a great sign for him. But Thompson says that he feels Audley Harrison has "no shot in this fight at all."

Unbeaten Jorge Diaz deserves bigger boxing audience (
I have no opinion on whether or not Jorge Diaz (15-0, 9 KO) deserves a bigger audience or not, but Keith Idec makes the case.

Evander Holyfield fight at Joe Louis Arena pushed back (again), to Dec. 9 (Detroit Free Press)
Just in case you're still interested, everyone is still acting like Evander Holyfield-Sherman Williams is going to happen in Detroit. The new date is December 9. Fox Sports Detroit may televise.

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