Andre Ward to Return on Cotto-Canelo Undercard

Andre Ward is expected to be on the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto fight card next month on November 21st. One of the candidates that is being mentioned for Ward is #6 WBO super middleweight contender Rohan Murdock (18-1, 14 KOs).

Murdock would be moving up to 175 to fight Ward rather than the fight taking place
at 168. That would be one of the two tune-up fights that Ward is said to be looking at.

Ward recently had a tune-up against Paul Smith last June in a mismatch fought at a catch-weight of 172lbs. Murdock is arguably a much better fighter than Smith, so this could be a little more interesting. He’s younger than Smith at 23, and has better punching power, better stamina and not likely to be out of shape.
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Chris Henry Fatally Shot in Houston Texas

HOUSTON – Former Lightheavyweight contender Chris “Hard Hittin” Henry was shot and killed on Saturday evening in Houston, Texas at an apartment complex.

He was only 34 years old.

The Orange, Texas native turned professional in 2005 after a brief amateur career. He experienced success in the both the Junior Olympics and National Golden Gloves.
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Khan On Mayweather Choosing Berto

Amir Khan: “I’m disappointed not to have got the fight for what is the third time after having been one of the frontrunners. However, there are many big fights out there for me and I’m going to continue working hard to establish myself at the top of the welterweight division. Floyd Mayweather has fought the biggest names throughout his career and has earned the right to face whoever he chooses. I wish my stablemate Andre Berto and trainer Virgil Hunter the very best of luck in the fight. I have seen how hard Andre trains and works and know that he is ready to give Floyd a very tough night.”

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Boxing Uncut Profiles: Errol Spence Jr.

Errol Spence, Jr. (born March 3, 1990 in Dallas Texas) a.k.a “The Truth” is an undefeated American professional boxer in the Welterweight division. Spence was the number one rated amateur boxer at Welterweight and represented the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympics.

Spence won the 2011 U.S. National Champion at Welterweight at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which he had won in 2009 and 2010.

Professional Boxing
Spence first caught the attention of boxing insiders with a sparring session with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Those in attendance say both gave as good as they got. “At the time, I didn’t really know what to expect hearing from the pros how Floyd was destroying his sparring partners,” Spence said. “Floyd needed some good work, and sparring with him was a great experience. I learned a lot and that was definitely a big confidence booster. That let me know where I was, mentally and skill-wise.” Floyd credited Spence with pushing him to the limit.

On August 3, 2012 Errol won his fight against Vikas Krishan after the original result was overturned and made it to the quarterfinals of the London Olympics Games.
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Update: Mayweather vs Berto

Andre Berto: I’m coming to kick Floyd’s ass on September 12. Best believe that I plan to bring it to Floyd and I’m not concerned about what 48 other fighters have been unable to do. Somebody is getting knocked out and it won’t be me. You don’t want to miss this.

Floyd Mayweather: I’m ready to get back in the ring on September 12 and prove again to the whole world why I’m ‘The Best Ever.’ I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception. He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best. Forty-eight have tried before and on September 12, I’m going to make it 49.

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Boxing and the Mob: Frank Palermo

Frank 'Blinky' Palermo poses with Sugar Ray Robinson and Charlie Fusari before the storied bout wherein Robinson carried his unambiguously overmatched opponent for 15 straight rounds

Frank ‘Blinky’ Palermo poses with Sugar Ray Robinson and Charlie Fusari before the storied bout where Robinson carries an overmatched Fusari for 15 rounds

Frank “Blinky” Palermo (1905-1996) was an organized crime figure who owned prize-fighters and fixed fights best known for fixing the Jake LaMotta-Billy Fox fight in 1947. An associate of the Philadelphia crime family, Palermo also ran the City of Brotherly Love’s biggest numbers racket. Blinky’s partner was Mafiosi Frankie Carbo, a soldier in New York’s Lucchese Family who had been a gunman with Murder, Inc.

Palermo’s Fighters
In addition to Billy Fox, the professional fighters that Palermo owned outright or under the table included World Welterweight champion Virgil Akins, number three-ranked heavyweight contender Clarence Henry, World Welterweight Champion Johnny Saxton, heavyweight contender Coley Wallace, and Lightweight Champion Ike Williams.

Palermo would cheat members of his stable out of their share of the purses of their fights.

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WBA calls for Klitschko-Fury purse bid

The WBA Championships Committee has called for a July 6 purse bid for the mandatory clash between WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury.

The purse bid will take place at WBA Headquarters in Panama and will be conducted by Committee Chairman Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The purse will be divided 80% for the champion and 20% for the challenger.

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