By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of July 14th to July 21st, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
TMZ Reports Floyd Mayweather Will be Fighting Andre Berto
TMZ Sports has reported that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will officially fight Andre Berto on September 12th in Las Vegas.
Berto is quoted as telling TMZ “It’s a pleasure and honor to be in this position and I’m looking forward to capitalizing on every moment of it.”
There hasn’t been an official release for this fight as of the writing of this notebook and there is no confirmation that the fight will be on CBS instead of PPV, but it appears the opponent for Floyd’s next fight has officially been chosen.
Klitschko to Have Five More Fights Before Retiring
Bernd Boente, the manage of Wladimir Klitschko, recently spoke to Sky Sports and stated that Wladimir Klitschko will have at least five more fights before retiring. He is quoted as stating, “We will announce the extension of our RTL contract, our German TV partners, for another five more fights,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
Klitschko’s next fight will be against Tyson Fury on October 24th in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Pacquiao Downplays Bob Arum’s Criticism
Bob Arum was recently quoted as stating that he has concerns about Manny Pacquiao’s professionalism after missing a doctor’s visit for a shoulder injury in Los Angeles.
Pacquiao recently downplayed those criticism, by stating, “I respect Bob Arum. He’s just like a father to me. I believe he’s just voicing out his concern for me and I appreciate it. I don’t take it negatively.”
He went on to state, “But he has nothing to worry about my injury. I’m doing the rehab myself. I’m recovering faster than expected.”
More info can be found at http://news.asiaone.com/news/sports/pacquiao-downplays-promoters-criticism-says-self-rehab
Lucas Browne Gives Thoughts on Possible Arreola vs. Wilder Fight
Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne has gone on the record to state that he believes a fight between Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola will be bad for boxing.
“Nobody wants to watch Wilder v Arreola,” Lucas said. “Even if they were giving tickets away, hardly anyone would turn up.
“Wilder is the first American heavyweight champion in years and what people really want to see is him real fights rather than ones against out of shape club fighters like Molina or people who are over the hill like Arreola.
“I mean, Arreola struggled to get a draw with an unknown who looked like a blown-up cruiserweight this past weekend, and now he’s supposed to be next in line for a world title.
“Al Haymon has promised to give fans the best fights and he’d be letting the public down if he gave them weak-chinned Wilder and a guy who doesn’t even look like he takes training seriously.
“I’m mandatory for the WBA title so I’d like a unification after I’ve beaten Chagaev and I hope Wilder will step up to the plate. In fact, I’ll fight him now if wants.”
Payano vs. Warren Set for PBC Premiere on Bounce TV
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) will premier on another network on Sunday, August 2nd as Rau’shee Warren (13-0) will face off against Juan Carlos Payano (16-0) for a bantamweight world championship. Full Sail Live on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida will be the host site for the PBC’s premier card on Bounce TV.
The co-feature of the night will be between Yudel Jhonson (17-1) and Jorge Cota (24-1). Ex Olympian John Jackson (19-2) will also face Dennis Laurente (49-5) in another televised fight. The winners of these two bouts will face off against each other in a date to be announced.
Beibut Shumenov Workout Quotes
Beibut Shumenov (15-2) is scheduled to face B.J. Flores (31-1-1) on Saturday, July 25th at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in las Vegas. Shumenov recently gave a workout for the media and gave a brief interview.
Below are some quotes from Shumenov.
“B.J. Flores is a good, tough cruiserweight who has a lot of good experience. I am prepared to fight with any style and against any style.
“I’m ready for anything in the ring and I want to make it a great fight for the fans.
On working with head trainer Ismael Salas for a second fight: “Ismael is the coach I dreamed of finding. We have a lot of similarities in our boxing backgrounds. I learned in the Soviet Union system and the Cuban system that Ismael teaches is very similar.
“Me and Ismael had great chemistry right away from the first day of training.
On fighting at cruiserweight: “All I thought about was making weight when I fought at 175. There was too much stress on my body to lose weight and it was also affecting me psychologically because all I thought about was losing weight.
“Now, as a cruiserweight, I have no problems making weight. There is no stress at all.”
Mundine Pulls Out of a Fight Against Andrade
WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0) was hoping to fight Anthony Mundine (47-7) next month in Mundine’s native Australia, but Andrade’s team has sent out a release stating Mundine has reneged on agreement to face Andrade.
“we agreed to terms with Mundine’s promoter but have heard nothing back since then,” Andrade explained. “Mundine calls out Mayweather but he won’t take a legitimate WBO World title fight at 154 pounds in his own country? Same old story, I guess. Everybody wants something until they have a chance to really get it.”
“Anthony Mundine’s team had one of those careful-what-you-wish-for moments,” Andrade’s manager Ed Farris noted, “in which Demetrius accepted all of their requested terms, including Demetrius putting his WBO belt to fight Mundine on his home turf. After previously agreeing to fight Andrade, Mundine’s team has now had a change of heart, and they apparently are looking to fight a lesser opponent.”
Andrade hasn’t fought since he defeated WBO No. 1 mandatory Brian Rose (25-1-1) in June of 2014.
“I don’t understand,” a frustrated Andrade added. “We offered this guy a chance to win the championship of the world in his home country and he looked for a way out instead? What kind of fighter is he? Any real fighter would do anything for that kind of an opportunity.”