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Berto/Mosley off

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Well if you thought this new year could not possibly get any worse, it has!

The Shane Mosley/Andre Berto unification bout scheduled for January 30th has been called off. Now before there are any calls of this guy ducked that guy there is a perfectly good reason.

Berto, who many of you will know is from Haiti and following the earthquake that occurred last week had been unable to get into contact with family members back in the country. So today he made this statement,

Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, I have been focusing on my family and the Haitian people who are facing an inconceivable battle for survival while still trying to continue to prepare for an opportunity I have dreamt of since childhood.  I lost several family members to the earthquake and after two days without word, was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi and her daughter, Jessica survived, but were left homeless. I have seen the pain in my parents’ eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland and recognize a place they once called home.

As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and therefore I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30.

Throughout the past six days, I have received an incredible outpouring of support, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s prayers for the people of Haiti. I hope that everyone will continue to keep the Haitian people in their thoughts and prayers as we work to rebuild this proud nation.  The rebuilding of Haiti is not something that will happen overnight, but I am fully dedicated to helping the Haitian people recover from this catastrophic event.

Well now that fight is put paid to, Mayweather could now have a dance partner for his March 13th date?!

Written by CLK FPC

January 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm

January promises to be explosive

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It is quite possible that in all the hype of Mayweather/Pacquiao you could have forgotten that other fights are actually taking place and this month sees 3 especially good ones.

On January 23rd on HBO’s Boxing After Dark (B.A.D) two of boxing’s biggest prospects will again display their skills on the same card as they work towards an eventual showdown.

Juanma Lopez (27-0-0) vacates his WBO super bantamweight title moving up to featherweight to take on Steven Luevano for the WBO featherweight title. In his last fight Lopez,26, laboured to a 12 round decision over Rogers Mtagwa after he foolishly decided to brawl with the Tanzanian instead of using his superior boxing skills.

But Yuriokis Gamboa(16-0-0) is looking to show that the tough Tanzanian is not as hard a match up as Lopez made of it and has promised to knock out the African, when they face off on the same night.

Gamboa, 28,  had a glorious amateur career in Cuba winning an Olympic gold medal in 2004, but defected from the country to turn pro. First fighting in Germany and now the US, Gamboa like Lopez is still undefeated and has stopped 14 of his 16 opponents. So when the two finally meet it will be explosive especially as both seem to have bricks for hands!

The following week on  HBO’s World Championship Boxing, experienced  ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley(46-5-0) faces André Berto(25-0-0). Mosley,38, hasn’t fought since stopping Antonio Margarito last January whilst Berto took a unanimous decision over Juan Urango in May.

The fight will see two fast and power fighters go head to head in a unification fight as Mosley is the WBA ‘super champion’ whilst Berto holds the WBC version of the welterweight crown.

There has been words exchanged between the two especially over Twitter and Berto won’t take kindly to Mosley openly stating he is looking past the 25-year-old so this one promises to offer fireworks.

Written by CLK FPC

January 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Mayweather looks to upstage Pac on March 13th

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Not to be outdone, Floyd Mayweather will do battle with Manny Pacquiao on March 13th but not in the ring rather in terms of views as he will go ahead with a fight on March 13th.

The date was meant to see Mayweather take on Pacquiao but after the two side failed to reach an agreement over the method of drugs testing, Pacquiao will now take on Joshua Clottey. This leaves Mayweather with a very tricky situation as he will need to find a suitable opponent for the March 13th date if he is to go ahead with his plans.

Jr welterweights Paulie Malignaggi and Nate Campbell have been touted as possible opponents whilst welterweights Kermit Cintron and Matthew Hatton, brother of Ricky, have also been mentioned.

Timothy Bradley, a title holder at 140 pounds has a long shot at being selected but with his association with Showtime, HBO’s rival network, it is quite unlikely.

Whoever is selected, the fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and it is being mentioned that if Mayweather comes through the bout unscathed he could face the winner of Berto/Mosley later this year.

Pac vs Clottey announced

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After failing to come to an agreement with Floyd Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank have drafted in Joshua Clottey to face Manny Pacquiao on March 13th.

It was thought that Pacquiao would face Jr Middleweight Yuri Foreman in an attempt to win  a title in an 8th weight division but instead he will face the tough Ghanian in the first defence of his WBO title.

Clottey will not prove as problematic for Pacquiao as Mayweather would have (who would!?) but having seen Clottey fight live, his strength and toughness will make this bout more than competitive.

Clottey, who formerly held the IBF welterweight title, was more than a handful for former WBO champion Miguel Cotto in losing a close split decision against the Puerto null in June last year and he will look to do the same to Manny Pacquiao.

The bout will take place in Texas at the stadium of NFL franchise the Dallas Cowboys after the site was rejected as a venue for the aborted Floyd/Pac fight. The stadium which can hold 100,000 will be set up to hold 40,000 fans

The undercard for the fight has also thrown up a shock as disgraced Mexican welterweight Antonio Margarito is being penciled in for a return following his year-long ban for attempting to using illegal hand wraps in his bout with Shane Mosley last January.

Written by CLK FPC

January 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm