* The much disputed location of Arthur Abraham-Carl Froch has been decided. The October 2nd super middleweight tournament bout will be held in the neutral location of Monaco. The other bouts scheduled for Group Stage 3 will be Mikkel Kessler vs. Allan Green and Andre Ward vs. Andre Dirrell. Green, Dirrell and Froch find their backs up against the wall in the tournament and need a win in order to continue to the next stage.
For those following the Pacquiao-Mayweather drama: Remember when talking boxing actually meant “talking boxing?”
* Chris Arreola has vowed to bring new dedication and a new attitude to the ring on August 13th as he takes on Manuel Quezada in Ontario California. During the media teleconference, Arreola said that he had previously disrespected the sport, HBO and his personal team, but that he has now rededicated himself to boxing and to staying in shape. Arreola-Quezada will be broadcast on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.
* To the dismay of all Pacquiao fans everywhere and to those waiting for a response to a phantom contract deadline, Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat out Pacquiao and the UFC’s George St. Pierre to win “Fighter of the Year” honors at Tuesday’s ESPN “ESPY Awards.” I know, this is a couple of days late, but it’s hardly pressing news…Now, back to the Mayweather countdown…Tick, Tick, Tick..
* The award for Most Unfortunate Name for a Boxer goes to: Gayrat Ahmedov. The undefeated Gayrat is the WBA’s 9th ranked light heavyweight in the world and the reigning WBC Asian Boxing Council champ. He’ll be facing his stiffest test so far in Dallas Vargas on July 23rd as part of the Beibut Shumenov-Vyacheslav Uzelkov ESPN undercard.
I can almost hear the fans chanting now: GAY-RAT….GAY-RAT…GAY-RAT…
* Speaking of which, Sergio Mora is focused on a possible fight with Miguel Cotto should he beat Shane Mosley this September 18th on an independent PPV show. Earlier, HBO passed on the opportunity to produce the show despite having a long history with both Mosley and Mora.
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