Darchinyan vs Donaire Rematch is Done, Says Bob Arum (BoxingScene.com)
Bob Arum says that Nonito Donaire and team are coming in today to finalize a deal for an August 21 rematch against Vic Darchinyan. Donaire (23-1, 15 KO) has fizzled a bit since dominating and knocking out Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KO) in 2007, an upset that at the time shocked the boxing world. It's really no fault of his own. Donaire has switched promoters (from Gary Shaw to Top Rank), he's had fighters pull out of bouts against him, and even after the promotional switch, he's been promoted oddly, a frequent minor PPV headliner getting no real TV coverage. He hasn't fought off of PPV since December 2007. Donaire is aiming to knock out Darchinyan again, while Darchinyan is of course seeking a major measure of revenge. It's a fight people have wanted for over years now. It appears that Top Rank is positioning Donaire for a fight with Fernando Montiel after the Darchinyan rematch, too.
The Boxing Blockbuster Is Not Dead: Photos From Saturday's Mayweather-Mosley Show (SB Nation)
Andrew Sharp of SB Nation (our parent company) put together a large-scale, photo-drive feature for the SBN home base. Featured: Ricky Hatton, Ricky Hatton's second chin, Paris Hilton and Mark Wahlberg, unamused by Will Smith.
WBC: No Mexican fights in Arizona (The Sierra Vista Herald)
This came up about a week ago, but if you missed it, WBC dictator Jose Sulaiman has "banned" Mexican fighters from fighting in Arizona due to their "shameful, inhuman and discriminatory" immigration law. The "ban" started on May 1, and was approved by the Federation of Boxing Commissions of Mexico. What it really means is that the WBC will not sanction fights (with Mexican fighters) in Arizona. But if there AREN'T Mexican fighters involved, say Devon Alexander wanted to defend his belt in Flagstaff against Paul McCloskey, the WBC will be happy to have the money.
Chris Arreola Talks Rematch With Adamek (FanHouse)
FanHouse video reporter Elie Seckbach spoke with Cristobal Arreola for a while in Vegas this weekend, and Arreola mentioned a possible rematch this summer with Tomasz Adamek. Whether there's anything to that or not remains to be seen, but it could happen. There just might not be much else for Adamek to do, and if they moved it over to Newark, they'd do a great house. I assume Arreola has no issue going on the road, especially with how much he enjoyed fighting in front of the small but very vocal collection of Polish fans, who chanted "Arreola" after the April 24 fight.
Williams, Cintron Speak (Fightnews.com)
Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron talk about Saturday night's HBO fight, plus a few other topics, including Cintron's thoughts on Alfredo Angulo's continuing HBO push after Cintron beat him last year.
More on the Bradley-Maidana fallout (ESPN)
Richard Schaefer is sticking with Marcos Maidana's story: "If the guy is injured, he's injured. I am as disappointed as Gary [Shaw] and as disappointed as the fight fans, but it's not really fair to blame Maidana. He's not the kind of guy who turns down anyone. It would have been a career-high purse for him. It's not like he's a millionaire."
Heavyweight Factory churning out boxers (ESPN)
Former University of Miami/University of Louisville fullback/linebacker and current heavyweight hopeful (he's 2-0) James Bryant says that working out with Michael Moorer, Shannon Briggs and Oliver McCall is like being a basketball player and working out with Shaquille O'Neal, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. With all due respect, I don't think the comparison is apt.
Oscar De La Hoya To Receive Prestigious Industry Award For Achievement in Hispanic Television At The 8th Annual Hispanic Television Summit (PR Newswire)
That title is obscenely long. Ain't Oscar de la Hoya just the bee's knees? Oscar is getting the "Lifetime of Achievement in Hispanic Television Award," though I'm not sure boxing for $50 a pop should really count as a great contribution to Hispanic television. What do I know? Oscar wins an award, hooray! Hopefully he and George Lopez crack some HILARIOUS jokes together.