Updates On Mosley, Wright, Holyfield, Corrales, Rahman and More
Former four time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield tells Boxingtalk.com that he's considering a different approach for his next couple of fights. Instead of fighting the best available opposition for as much money as possible, Holyfield may look to take a few easier fights, ala Hasim Rahman after his loss to John Ruiz. Obviously, Holyfield still has some issues to take care of with the NYSAC for his suspension. "I don't think anybody should be able to say, 'you can't fight.' Especially when I'm passing all of the medical tests they require you to take," said Holyfield.
WBO lightweight champion Diego "Chico" Corrales tells Boxingtalk.com that there's still a lot of of "mickey mouse bs" going on behind the scenes. He has no idea of when his next fight will take place and his newly acquired lawyer Marc Risman is examining all of his contracts before any announcements are made. "I can't tell you nothing now G, but as soon as I know exactly what we're going to do, I'm going to give it to ya."
"Sugar" Shane Mosley is still waiting to hear back from HBO. Mosley wants to return to the ring as soon as possible. As first reported on Boxingtalk.com over two weeks ago, Mosley hired former middleweight champion John David Jackson to replace Joe Goossen. As for a fight with Mayweather, Mosley had this to say, "I think he's too little for me, but if HBO is paying, we could get it on I've always looked to fight the best and that's not going to change," said Mosley.
Undisputed junior middleweight champ Ronald "Winky" Wright tells Boxingtalk.com that he will train in Las Vegas, Nevada for his May 14 mega-fight against former three division champion Felix "Tito" Trinidad. With the exception of his first fight with Mosley, Wright has always trained at home, something those closest to him feel only served as a distraction. Wright acknowledged, "when I go away for camp, I focus a lot more and I get a lot sharper."
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman has returned from his pilgrimmage to Mecca. Rahman is hopeful that negotiations for his anticipated showdown with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko get wrapped up quickly. "I just want to get this fight signed so I could go hit the gym, work hard, hit Klitschko's chin and become heavyweight champion of the world again," said Rock. No date has officially been locked in for Klitschko-Rahman, and it is still not known if the fight will take place on HBO PPV or on World Championship Boxing.
With Ebo Elder getting his title shot against the always exciting WBA lightweight champ Juan Diaz, it appears that Main Events has taken Boxingtalk's advice. On January 10, Boxingtalk published a piece
strongly suggesting that Elder be chosen as Diaz's next challenger. Diaz-Elder is slated to take place on ESPN PPV on April 23. We'll waive the matchmaker fee this time Mr. Moretti, but the next time Boxingtalk helps Main Events out like this, Pat English, Kathy Duva, Carl Moretti and Donald Tremblay should be obligated to wear Boxingtalk.com T-Shirts as they enjoy the fight from ringside.
Undefeated pound for pound picasso Floyd Mayweather Jr. is expected to be in attendance for the Arturo Gatti-Jesse James Leija bout. If Gatti gets by Leija Mayweather and Gatti go at it on HBO PPV on June 11. Other than ruining one of Mayweather's dream fights, a Leija win opens the door for Klitschko-Rahman to get pushed back to a June PPV slot.
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