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Friday Night Quick Takes: Ashley Theophane, Mundine-Mosley, Victor Ortiz, and more!

ASHLEY THEOPHANE! realizes his dreams! MUNDINE-MOSLEY! so close to realizing YOUR dream! YOAN PABLO HERNANDEZ! might fight in October! KELL BROOK! has tickets! VICTOR ORTIZ! has another yarn to spin!

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Yesterday was Thursday. Thursday. Today, it is Friday. Friday. We, we, we so excited. We so excited. We gonna have a ball today. Tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards. I don't want this weekend to end.

Mundine-Mosley "close" for November

Mike Coppinger reports that Richard Schaefer is looking at November and says a deal is close to stage an Anthony Mundine vs Shane Mosley fight in Australia. Mosley was last known to be holding out for $1.5 million in writing to go down there and fight Mundine, a former 168-pound titlist who now floats between 154 and 168, or whatever it is he's doing. Mundine once had huge dreams of coming to America and conquering the world, showing how great he really is, with plenty of fanfare and obviously, the fans calling for the dream fight to end all dream fights: MAYWEATHER-MUNDINE.

Instead, he was the subject of WealthTV's first foray into boxing, a Vegas blunder that sold upwards of 11 seats 11 seats at the Palms against Bronco McKart, a washed-up veteran who was never a star. After that, Mundine may have quietly eaten some humble pie, because he appears to have a more realistic sense of what his fights are worth. He rematched and lost to Daniel Geale in a good money fight in January, and now he's looking to pull the Danny Green card and bring in some faded old Americans for more money. It's not a bad plan, and I actually think the fight might be worth watching and actually pretty good as a fight, even if the matchup is a transparent bit of irrelevant nonsense. Here's the bottom line: I'll be getting up early to watch it, BECAUSE I'M STUPID

Ashley Theophane on joining #TheMoneyTeam

I've always thought Ashley Theophane was a solid fighter, but my hopes of his escaping the ceiling at domestic level in the UK were sort of dashed when he lost to Darren Hamilton in May 2012. He hasn't fought this year, but recently signed with Mayweather Promotions after hanging around Floyd's gym in Vegas for long enough (that's a "funny," more accurately "dickish" way of saying he's been working with Mayweather in Vegas), and is slated to open #TheOne on September 14 against Pablo Cesar Cano, in what may not be a marquee fight, but is at least well-matched, and Cano is usually pretty fun to watch.

Anyway, here's what Theophane said via press release about the career move:

"Floyd Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe, the whole Money Team, and Mayweather Promotions staff has shown me much love and respect. I used to watch Floyd train via Sky Sports or BoxNation in the UK, and now I'm part of The Money Team. Dreams can come true, you just have to have self-belief to make it a reality,"

Theophane is a 32-year-old veteran with very little if any upside remaining, so he sort of fits in with #TheMoneyTeam, but again, he's a decent fighter, and Floyd & Co. are able to pull a few strings, so if Theophane gets past Cano, maybe he gets a title shot at some point. These guys made Ishe Smith a world champion at age 34. Anything can happen in the WWF.

Hernandez vs Alekseev this fall

Yoan Pablo Hernandez, who holds the WBC cruiserweight title, as well as the Ring Magazine belt, will return this fall(perhaps in October) against Alexander Alekseev, ending a long inactive streak. Hernandez last fought in September 2012, when he beat Troy Ross via controversial decision. Alekseev last fought in February, beating Garrett Wilson by decision in Romania. So I guess Hernandez, if he gets this fight officially scheduled within the month, will be spared in the BLH rankings. I'm certain this is a load off of his mind. A real brow-wiping, "whew!" bit of relief for him.

Brook-Senchenko tickets


Brook's clash with Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on October 26 go on sale at 11am on Monday August 12.

The Special One returns to his hometown venue after dispatching Carson Jones in Hull in July and tickets for his meeting with the man who stopped Ricky Hatton in November are priced £30, £40, £60 and £100 through the Motorpoint Arena - - and on 0114 2565656.

VIP packages priced £200 are available exclusively through Matchroom Boxing - - or call 01277 359900.


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