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Quick Hits - Bradley-Maidana in the works, Dawson-Pascal for the Ring title

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  • According to Dan Rafael's blog, Timothy Bradley might not be fighting Luis Carlos Abregu in his HBO debut after all.  According to his sources, Bradley's camp has been working feverishly to work out a deal to face Marcos Maidana in his June 19 fight.  This would be a pleasant surprise, and I see no way this could be a bad fight.  If it does get made, it will mean that Bradley will have faced top 10 junior welterweights in five of his last six fights.
  • It had been rumored previously, but it's now official that Beibut Shumenov must make a mandatory defense against Vyacheslav Uzelkov, who is ranked in the Ring Magazine top 10.  Uzelkov is undefeated and holds a win over Gabriel Campillo, the man who Shumenov robbed at gunpoint to win the title.  And because there's no such thing as too many mandatories, Chris Henry is also a mandatory for the title.
  • While it still hasn't been officially announced, at least one fight on the Mayweather-Mosley undercard seems to be set.  Saul Alvarez will be facing Jose Miguel Cotto, Miguel Cotto's younger brother.  Cotto has fought most of his career at lightweight and was a fringe contender there at best, but it should be a decent showcase for Alvarez to make his U.S. major fight card debut.
  • As previously announced, Roberto Garcia will be facing Antonio Margarito in Tony's comeback fight.  Garcia is hooking up with Freddie Roach as a trainer for the fight, and both Garcia and Roach seem convinced that Garcia can win this one.  Garcia is 28-2, but hasn't lost since 2004, although his level of competition has been mediocre at best.  Considering the reason Margarito's been absent, together with the beating he took at the hands of Shane Mosley and having quite a bit of ring rust, more than a few pundits are predicting that Garcia can pull off the upset.
  • After this weekend's dismal performance, Ring Magazine dropped Bernard Hopkins from #2 at light heavyweight to #4 (but, strangely, he's still ranked at #6 on their pound for pound list).  Because of the drop, they announced that Chad Dawson versus Jean Pascal will be for the Ring title.  Pascal is rated #3, but since Glen Johnson is rated #2 and Dawson has already recently beaten Johnson twice, they have sanctioned a #1 versus #3 bout for the title.  Zsolt Erdei is still the lineal champion, but nobody really cares.  
  • I brought this one up in a fanshot, but in a downright strange story, twin brothers Travis and Tarvis Simms were both arrested this weekend.  The two got into an argument, Travis punched Tarvis, the two rolled around on the floor for a while, one of them bit Travis's daughter when she tried to break them up, and Tarvis then pulled a knife on Travis.  I guess this is one way to make a fight if Don King won't make fights for them.  This has to also negatively affect Travis's post-boxing career as a politician - he's a member of the Norwalk city counsel.  
  • If Darren Barker beats Affif Belghecham this weekend for the European middleweight title, it's likely that his first defense would be against Grzegorz Proksa.  Winner of that fight probably becomes a legitimate top 10 contender, if it happens.  
  • Rodel Mayol has been ordered to rematch Omar Nino.  Their previous fight, in which Mayol retained his title in a technical draw where he was knocked out as the referee was jumping in to give Mayol time after receiving a low blow. 

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