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Pro Boxing News And Updates: 13 January

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altBoxing News And Updates In Brief For Friday 13th January, 2012 For: Hot Ticket Sales For Brook vs Hatton, NSAC Revokes Casamayor’s Boxing License, Mayweather Only Wants Pacquiao, Arum Wants To Deal Directly With Mayweather, Brandon Gonzales Replaced, Adamek Says Rematch With Arreola Possible, WBA Orders Rematch Between Khan And Peterson, Burns Defends Title Against Moses, Negron Returns, Bukom Banku Returns, Salido-Lopez Rematch

 

Hot Ticket Sales For Brook vs Hatton - Less than three days into the sale of Kell Brook’s fight with Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17 and the ticket sales have smashed through the 5,000 barrier. Promoter Eddie Hearn announced the huge all-British Welterweight clash between Brook and Hatton on Wednesday afternoon and the phone lines at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield and at Matchroom Sport have been buzzing ever since with fans snapping up tickets for the event. The Arena was set up for 9,000 fans but after the huge demand for tickets, it is likely that Hearn will open up the full capacity at some point next week.

NSAC Revokes Casamayor’s Boxing License - The Nevada Athletic Commission has revoked the boxing license of former world champion Joel Casamayor after he tested positive for marijuana following his KO8 loss to Timothy Bradley last November. The 40-year-old Casamayor must pay a fine of $10,000 and may not request a new Nevada license for 12 months.

Mayweather Only Wants Pacquiao - WBC welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he’s only targeting Manny Pacquiao right now and nobody else. In an interview at fighthype.com, Mayweather states that he doesn’t want Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto or a rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez. - Mayweather says he only wants Pacquiao and is wondering why the Filipino star is ducking him so badly. Mayweather also said his management are probably looking someone else for him to fight on May 5th, but he still prefers the Pacquiao fight.

Arum Wants To Deal Directly With Mayweather  - “Right now there’s no development,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the Philippine Star in Manila. “Obviously we’re waiting to hear from the Mayweather people, but we’re prepared to do the fight in May. It will be late in May, but the problem remains the same in that no one from Mayweather’s side would guarantee his purse. I can only guarantee Manny’s purse, but if Floyd wants to make a deal with me then I’m open to that. I can guarantee his purse but I then I will have a share in his revenue.” Arum also told the paper that he needs to discuss an alternate opponent if the Mayweather fight doesn’t happen. - Meanwhile Pacquiao has stated the fight is no problem “as long as it’s a 50/50 split,” and both Arum and chief adviser Mike Koncz have ruled out the 17,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, insisting on a special 40,000-seat temporary arena. - On the Mayweather front, Golden Boy has reportedly eliminated Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero from consideration as a possible Floyd opponent, should the Pacman fight not happen.

Brandon Gonzales Replaced - Tom Brown, Goossen Tutor Promotions matchmaker, has added a special 8-round super featherweight attraction between two undefeated prospects Guy Robb (7-0, 3 KOs) and Joel Diaz Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs) after Brandon Gonzales pulled out of his January 20 fight against Caleb Truax due to a leg injury. The card, which will be held at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. and broadcast on SHOWTIME, is headlined by a world title bout between WBA super bantamweight world champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs), who takes on WBA interim champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs). Opening the ShoBox telecast, undefeated Matthew Villanueva (6-0-1, 6 KOs) will fight Mike Ruiz (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in an 8-round junior bantamweight bout.

Adamek Says Rematch With Arreola Possible - In an interview with the Polish Times, Former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28KOs) said he is not ruling out a rematch with Chris Arreola (34-2, 29KOs). Adamek won a twelve round majority decision over Arreola in April 2010. It was one of the more exciting heavyweight encounters in the last few years. Adamek plans to return in March, but then he wants to land a televised opportunity on HBO. If the network requests a rematch with Arreola, Adamek is ready to fight.

WBA Orders Rematch Between Khan And Peterson - The World Boxing Association has decided to order an immediate rematch between Khan and the current IBFWBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s). This comes after Khan was beaten by Peterson on December 10th by a 12 round split decision in a fight where Khan was docked two points for pushing off. Khan and his promoters from Golden Boy filed an expensive appeal after the fight, pointing to the point deductions, which they felt was needless and scoring problems and the presence of the mystery man, Mustafa Ameen, who was seen sitting and talking with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh during the fight. Ameen should not have been permitted to sit with Welsh during the fight, says Golden Boy.

Burns Defends Title Against Moses - WBO interim lightweight champion Ricky Burns will make his first defense of his belt against former WBA champion Paulus Moses on March 10 at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns, who became Scotland’s first two-weight world champion in twenty years when he sensationally defeated Michael Katsidis last year, makes the first defence of the title on home soil after a year on the road.

Negron Returns - Carlos Negron (13-1 and 9KOs) will reprise his career in 2012 by returning to the cruiserweight division, where the fighter hopes become world champion while promising to train in the United States in order to secure better sparring. Negron, standing at 6'6, admits that despite his height, his physique is not the traditional full-span of a heavyweight, which leaves him at a disadvantage against the 'mastodons' weighing 240 pounds onwards. "I felt like I was inflated. I will return on February 3 at a function in San Sebastian (Puerto Rico) at 200 pounds. In addition, there are plans to train in U.S. for sparring and to further develop myself as a boxer.

Bukom Banku Returns - World Boxing Organization (WBO) African boxer of the year Braimah Kamoko AKA Bukom Banku makes a return to the ring on February 25 when he makes a defence of his WBO Africa Light heavyweight belt against Kenyan Hamza Wandera in Accra. Victory for the unbeaten Kamoko, 22-0, 16 KOs will move him closer to a fight against world champion Nathan Cleverly later in the year. Banku’s fight is the headliner of the first promotion of the year in Ghana put up by Golden Mike Boxing Promotions led by CEO Mike Tetteh slated for the plush Accra International Conference Centre.

Salido-Lopez Rematch - The rematch between World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KO’s) and Juan Manuel Lopez (31-1, 28 KO’s) will be taking place on March 10th at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This will be another home fight for the 28-year-old Lopez despite the fact that he was badly beaten and stopped in the 8th round last time he fought the 31-year-old Salido last year in April 2011.

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