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Arum says Hasegawa-Montiel is a no-go

Hozumi Hasegawa won't face Fernando Montiel on April 30. (Photo by WBC)
Hozumi Hasegawa won't face Fernando Montiel on April 30. (Photo by WBC)
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

If you thought it was too good to be true, you were right.

Bob Arum told's Rick Reeno that WBO bantamweight titlist Fernando Montiel will not travel to Japan on April 30 to face WBC titlist Hozumi Hasegawa, despite an announcement from Hasegawa's promoter Teiken that the fight was done.

Hasegawa is tentatively set to fight on that date anyway, but don't expect an opponent as good as Montiel. Montiel will uphold his end of the bargain, as he's obligated to face Eric Morel, who scored a disputed decision win over Gerry Penalosa on February 13 in Las Vegas. Montiel-Morel has been mentioned as a co-feature on the May 8 Latin Fury PPV, which is planned to feature the return of Antonio Margarito. And now, the fight is also being mentioned as a possibility for the June 5 PPV undercard of Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium, along with a few other bouts.

Among the June 5 possibles are Anthony Peterson taking on the Humberto Soto-David Diaz winner and maybe a Winky Wright fight, if Wright signs a promotional deal with Top Rank.

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