Former world champion boxer Antonio Margarito will attempt to regain his fighter's license in the U.S. on Friday when he and attorneys appear before the NSAC. Margarito was stripped of his license indefinitely in California, so I'm not sure he's going about it the right way to get relicensed. He might need to go back to California first, even if he's not eyeing a fight there, because of the Ali Act.
HBO delivered a body blow to boxing on Wednesday when it announced it would be withdrawing any plans to screen heavyweight title fights. Frankly, as long as no fight is made between David Haye and a Klitschko or Tomasz Adamek, there probably isn't a heavyweight fight worth paying big money for anyway. But for now, the Klitschkos aren't exciting enough and Haye isn't well known enough, so HBO will be spending its money elsewhere, with a likely focus on the 140 pound division.
This would be Sturm's first fight not under the thumb of the Universum banner, and under his own new TV contract. It's actually a perfect fight for Sturm, if he can get the money to work. Stylistically, Cintron isn't big enough or aggressive enough to outbox Sturm, and while he had good power for a welterweight, who knows how well his power would carry to middleweight (and it wasn't even really there at junior middleweight). But better than all of that, it would be the highest profile fight he's taken since losing to Oscar De La Hoya.
Boxing binman Rendall Munroe will likely need to travel to Japan for his title shot against Nishioka, although Munroe says he's ready. Munroe has received a lot of support at home in Leicester (with much of his fan base wearing reflective road work vests), so it will be interesting to see how he's affected by fighting on the road.
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former First Lady Imelda Marcos and world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao were among the new legislators who attended an orientation at the House of Representatives Thursday. Depending on who else you believe, either Pacquiao is seriously considering retirement or wants two more fights; is in talks with Mayweather, Cotto or nobody; agreed or hasn't agreed to drug testing; or is or isn't close to another fight. In other words, more likely than not, any other reports you read on Pacquiao are probably bologna.
The bill proposed by Munford would set up retirement funds for boxers and MMA fighters to cover medical expenses, although the details need to be fleshed out. Hat tip to Kid Blast.
Sakio Bika and Jean Paul Mendy will be fighting on the untelevised undercard of Marquez-Diaz II, although I'd expect it to be aired for free over the internet at Ring Magazine and Yahoo. Both super middleweights have had trouble getting decent fights, but the winner will be facing IBF titlist Lucian Bute next. It's a bit disappointing for Bute to name his next fight this far out, but this should round out his schedule until after the first round of the Super Six ends. This also means that the chances of a Bute-Pavlik fight in the near future are at zero.