Another day, another grind…here’s what’s up:
*Arthur Abraham vs. Carl Froch is still homeless. For those who’ve followed the story: Froch refuses to fight in Abraham’s native Germany while Abraham refuses to fight in Froch’s home country, the UK. Options for hosting this World Classic Super 6 Tourney bout appear to be: Montreal, Canada, Sweden or, perhaps, a casino appearance in the US. The fight s scheduled for the early Fall.
*HBO announced that last Saturday’s Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman card from Yankee Stadium was a huge success, generating the network’s largest audience so far this year. The doubleheader, which featured Vanes Martirosyan vs. Joe Greene as the opener, scored a 3.9 rating, which means that 3.9 percent of all television-equipped households were tuned into the fight. In raw numbers, that adds up to about 1.9 million viewers.
*WBA middleweight champ, Felix Sturm, is set for his return to the ring. The tentative date is September 4th and the probably opponent is Ricardo Mayorga.
*IBF super middleweight champ, Lucian Bute, will satisfy his mandatory defense requirement against Jesse Brinkley in the Fall and has tentative plans for a voluntary defense in his native Romania by year’s end.
*WBO flyweight champion, Argentina’s Omar Narvaez has vacated his WBO flyweight belt in favor of the WBO super flyweight belt that he won in his last fight. Narvaez had defended his 112 lb. crown an impressive 16 times
*Heavyweight prospect, Travis Kauffman, has signed with Empire Sports and Entertainment. Kaufman is in re-building mode as he tries to overcome his sole career loss to Tony Grano in an entertaining war last year.
*Welterweight prospect, Karim Mayfield, will fight in his native San Francisco for the first time in his pro career this Saturday, June 12th. This will be the first all-boxing show to be hosted in San Francisco since 2004. The card will be held at the Kezar Arena and ticket prices range from $15 to $75. Tickets can be purchased here.
*Our deepest condolences go to Jr. Welterweight contender, Victor Cayo, and his entire family for the tragic loss of their 14 month-old son, Janfor Manuel Cayo.
…See y’all tomorrow.