A Saturday press conference is in the works for smack-talkers Adrien Broner and Paulie Malignaggi.
Lem's latest: Tyson on Real Sports; Holmes leaves hospital
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will be profiled on HBO Real Sports, which debuts on March 19.
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will be the subject of "The Transformation of Tyson" in an interview with Bernard Goldberg on HBO Real Sports.
Once dubbed "the baddest man on the planet" and the youngest man, at the age of 22, to become heavyweight champion, Tyson reportedly earned more than $300 million in purses, much of which has been squandered.
The initial interview will air on March 19 at 10 p.m.
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI WANTS ADRIEN BRONER FIGHT
WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 knockouts) said that he remains hopeful of a June 22 clash with rising WBC lightweight beltholder Adrien "The Problem" Broner (26-0, 22 KOs), which Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has said will happen at Barclays Center on HBO.
Click here for Schaefer's video interview.
"I haven't received a contract for the bout agreement yet, so I'm waiting on that," said Malignaggi. "I hope to receive one soon so that we can start scheduling everything, but I'm hearing rumblings through the boxing world that Broner's not so keen on taking this fight."
An HBO spokesperson would not comment when asked about the potential conflict for the June 22 between the Broner-Malignaggi matchup and another featuring former WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., whose promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, had indicated that the date belonged to Chavez Jr. for a bout to happen in Texas.
Arum, however, amended his statement late Thursday evening, telling RingTV.com that Chavez would return "on June 22 or 29; wherever HBO wants to put us."
LARRY HOLMES RESTING AT HOME AFTER HOSPITAL STAY
Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, 63, is resting at home two days after being hospitalized with high blood sugar, Holmes told The Express Times of Easton, Pa.
KERMIT CINTRON RETURNS
As a welterweight, Cintron won the first nine fights of his career by knockout, six of them in the first round, and became the WBO's interim welterweight beltholder with an eighth-round stoppage of Teddy Reid in July of 2004.
Cintron, who is of Puerto Rican descent, battled to a disputed draw with current RING middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez in February of 2009, and, in his very next fight, became the first man to defeat Alfredo Angulo, scoring a unanimous decision over the hammer-fisted contender in May of 2009.
A resident of Reading, Pa., Cintron said he is more grounded in his original "roots."
BRANDON RIOS HAS CLOTHING DEAL
Thanks to a new deal with rising men’s fashion label VDE and veteran sportswear brand Champion, former lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs) will be sporting some new threads when he enters his HBO-televised return bout against junior welterweight standout Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) on March 30 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The organizations began releasing a capsule collection of limited edition tees and jackets for fans beginning Friday, March 15, clothing that members of Team Rios will be wearing during all press events in advance of their fight as well as at the pre-fight weigh-in.
Rios scored a seventh-round knockout over the previously unbeaten Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) in a bloody Fight-of-The-Year-caliber clash in October, having made his 140-pound debut against Alvarado after scoring a controversial split decision over Richard Abril in April of last year.
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