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Limited edition autographed prints of each of Emile Griffith's fights are on sale to benefit Griffith's health care.  Information is available at
Limited edition autographed prints of each of Emile Griffith's fights are on sale to benefit Griffith's health care. Information is available at

Huge UK card for September |

U.K. promoter Warren seems to be putting all of his eggs in one basket here, but on September 18, at LG Arena in Birmingham, he will be staging a card that includes Matthew Macklin vs. Darren Barker, Derek Chisora vs. Sam Sexton, Kell Brook vs. Michael Jennings, Nathan Cleverly against Karo Murat for an interim light heavyweight title, Enzo Maccaranelli likely against Alexander Frenkel in a defense of his European title and prospects James DeGale and Frankie Gavin.  This is a loaded card, although expect some of this to get dropped before the actual fight night.  The Macklin, Brook and Chisora fights are all about as good as it gets at the UK domestic level, but Brook-Jennings has been canceled at least three times before and Macklin-Barker has also fallen through more than once before.  In related news, Cleverly has obtained his university degree and now will be focusing on boxing full time.  

Canada's Molitor postpones title fight | CBC

Steve Molitor will have to wait a few more months before stepping in the ring with England's Jason Booth for a vacant title. The two were to fight later in July, but Molitor suffered a stress fracture in his leg while training. If he recovers, the fight is tentatively being rescheduled for mid-September.

Great White Hope - Not Great, Little Hope Against Johnson |

A century has passed since James J. Jeffries, the Great White Hope, fought Jack Johnson for the heavyweight title. A particularly well-written profile by a Johnson biographer. In related news, Senator John McCain has continued to push for a presidential pardon of Johnson's conviction for taking a white woman across state lines.

Diaz-Marquez II to be aired on the big screen | MarketWatch

The same folks who brought Mayweather-Marquez and Mayweather-Mosley to movie theaters have decided to give Marquez-Diaz the same treatment. You can check out the participating theaters at

Kim To Tangle With Vazquez In Texas | The Sweet Science

Ji Hoon Kim, the Korean whirlwind lightweight, will face off with Miguel Vazquez for the IBF title, with the fight being aired on Fox Sports Net on August 14 from Laredo, Texas. Vazquez and Kim have had similar career arcs - both lost a number of fights early in their careers, but have come on with winning streaks lately. Sparring partner (and now manager) Antonio Margarito hooked Vazquez up with some more serious training, and he recently beat Breidis Prescott to earn this shot. Hekkie Budler, South African flyweight prospect (and IBO titlist), will be featured on the undercard.

Hope died 100 years ago | Boston Herald

Another piece on Johnson-Jeffries, this one drawing some interesting parallels with Oscar Bonaneva, who is a subject of Joe Pesci's latest flick, Love Ranch.  

Gatti's family still searching for the truth behind his death in Brazil | New York Daily News

Just because it's out of the press, it doesn't mean that this isn't still ongoing.  If nothing else, Gatti's family wants to prove that Gatti didn't commit suicide, for the honor of his family.  Unfortunately, due to a botched investigation, the full truth will probably never be known, even if it was indeed a suicide.  

Benefit for Emile Griffith | News Blaze

For quite a time now, all-time great Emile Griffith has been suffering from pugilistic dementia and has tapped through all of his funds.  to raise funds for Griffith's health care, his friends are now selling limited edition autographed prints of each of Griffith's fights at $99 a piece.  

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