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Weights from Germany |

Klitschko pretty much looks as usual and weighed in at 244.  Eddie Chambers weighed in at 209, which is basically where he was when he upset Alexander Dimitrenko.  Chambers looks about as close to ripped as I've seen him, but the size difference between the two is still staggering.

Cunningham-Godfrey being salvaged | Dan Rafael's Blog

The fight between Steve Cunningham and Matt Godfrey, which is as good of a cruiserweight bout as you'll get stateside these days, may be salvaged on next week's Friday Night Fights.  Since Don King defaulted on his purse bid, Main Events is now the promoter, and they're looking for this to headline a previously untelevised card next week to take the place of the failed card that was to be headlined by Spinks-Bundrage.

Chambers Facing a Tall Order in Klitschko | Philadelphia Inquirer

Eddie Chambers and his trainer think they have a plan to beat Klitschko tomorrow.  Chambers has sparred with Wlad before (in his preparations for the second Byrd fight), and thinks his jab and upper body movement will allow him to outbox Wlad.  I feel like I heard this pretty recently from a competitor of Wladimir's brother.

Chambers promises he won't pull a Clottey | Don Steinberg's blog

Chambers and his trainer realize that keeping up the earmuffs is no way to beat Wladimir.  The money quote from Chambers: "I'm gonna have to find a way to kick the door in.  Obviously, there are times I'm going to pick up the aggression, and other times I'm going to have to wait. This is a chess match, not checkers. You have to be patient or else you might get checkmated."

Puerto Rican fight before the parade | ESPN

Per Dan Rafael's notebook, Bob Arum still intends to have a Puerto Rican card in Madison Square Garden the weekend of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.  Typically, Cotto would fight there, but he's facing Yuri Foreman a week earlier in Yankee Stadium.  Instead, he's hoping to put on a card headlined by Ivan Calderon against Johnriel Casimero.  The card would air on FSN's Top Rank Live.

Ronnie Shields drops Omar Henry | Boxing Scene

In a dispute over sparring, Houston trainer Ronnie Shields has dumped top prospect Omar Henry from his roster.  There are rumors going around that this has to do with managers Shelley Finkel and Cameron Dunkin, but Shields says it's because he didn't want Henry sparring fellow prospect Erislandy Lara.  In this day of Youtube and the like, it's pretty easy to earn a good or bad reputation in sparring, where a fighter may or may not be going all out, depending on the intent of the sparring session.  Henry also previously declined sparring Manny Pacquiao to prepare for Miguel Cotto. 

Vazquez-Marquez IV is official | Ring Magazine

The promotion has the awfully punny title "Once and Four All."  As much as I'm hoping this bout doesn't ruin the magic of the trilogy between Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez, it's still must-see TV on the basis of what great fights the first three were.  On the undercard, there's another bout with sleeper fight of the year potential, as Abner Mares will be challenging Yohnny Perez for his title. 

Drug testing for Mayweather-Mosley detailed | LA Times

According to Lance Pugmire, Travis Tygart and the USADA will be administering the testing, which will include random blood testing "through and after the fight."  The big bombshell here is that the fighters have agreed that if either fighter fails the drug test, he would be suspended for two years.  By way of comparison, James Toney was only suspended for six months when he failed his second blood test, and Tony Margarito was suspended indefinitely with the opportunity to reapply for a license after only one year.