A Saturday press conference is in the works for smack-talkers Adrien Broner and Paulie Malignaggi.
Lem's latest: Dirrell eyes November debut under TMT Promotions
Super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell anticipates being back in action in November under TMT Promotions, the company formed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rapper 50 Cent.
Super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell told RingTV.com that he anticipates a Nov. 17 debut under The Money Team (TMT Promotions), the newly-formed promotional firm of recording artist 50 Cent and fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr., against an opponent to be determined.
Direll (20-1, 14 knockouts) first acknowledged having signed with "The Money Team" last lst month, as has former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa and Australian IBF featherweight beltholder Billy Dib as well as WBA "regular" featherweight titleholder Celestino Caballero.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has obtained a license in New York, has has received an application for one in Nevada, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer,
A former Olympic bronze medalist, Dirrell told RingTV.com that he initially met with Mayweather and Jackson in early May, the weekend that Mayweather unanimously decisioned Miguel Cotto for the WBC's junior middleweight belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"They're trying to get me right up in there with those big name fighters, like a rematch with Carl Froch, and a rematch with Arthur Abraham, any time, any place. Abraham and Robert Stieglitz, they're getting ready to fight for the WBO title [on Aug. 25,]" said Dirrell.
"I could fight any one of them. Hopefully, after that, I could get that fight. Froch or Abraham, they're my two biggest targets right now, but my golden ticket is Andre Ward. I mean, after all is said and done, I can get two or three of these belts and then fight Ward."
Dirrell has been trained by his uncle and grandfather, Leon Lawson Jr. and Leon Lawson Sr., respectively.
In a recent development, TMT Promotions has apparently attempted to sign Cotto, according to a report by BoxingScene.com.
ANTONIO ESCALANTE-LEONILO MIRANDA SLATED FOR SATURDAY NIGHT
Mexican-born featherweight Antonio Escalante, of El Paso, Texas, will pursue his fourth straight knockout in as many consecutive victories against Leonilo Miranda, of Mexico, on Saturday night at Illusions Theater at The Alamodome in San Antonio.
DANNY O'CONNOR DEBUTS GILLETTE STADIUM
Junior welterweight prospect Danny O'Connor (17-1, 5 KOs), of Framingham, Ma., will headline the first professional boxing event to be held at The Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Ma., against Eddie "The Puerto Rican Sensation" Soto (12-4, 4 KOs) on Sunday night in a show that is being promoted by Lou DiBella Entertainment.
Prescott rebounded from a 10th-round stoppage loss to unbeaten Mike Alvarado in November with a third-round knockout of Joel Cassiani in January. Prescott is best known for a 54-second knockout over former IBF and WBA junior welterweight beltholder Amir Khan in September of 2008.
Photos by Tom Casino, Showtime
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