Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Lem's latest: Golden Boy reaches new deal with Fox
A new deal between Golden Boy and Fox Sports will result in a new Monday boxing series and allow fans to rewatch classic bouts from the promoter's fight library featuring Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and Bernard Hopkins, among others.
Fox Sports and Golden Boy Promotions have reached a multi-media rights extension to televise live boxing in the United States and internationally, the network and the promotional company announced on Monday.
WBA CLARIFIES MAYWEATHER'S STATUS
Although Mayweather will defend his WBC welterweight belt against Robert Guerrero on Showtime Pay Per View, the 36-year-old still is considered the WBA's junior middleweight "super champion."
Mayweather was last in the ring on May 5 of last year, earning a unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto for the WBA's 154-belt.
According to an e-mail from an official with the WBA, Mayweather has received an exemption to face Guerrero, even as Austin Trout -- coming off December's victory over Cotto -- is considered a 154-pound titleholder by the organization heading into his April 20 clash with WBC counterpart Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a Showtime-televised clash of unbeatens.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR VITALI KLITSCHKO?
Vitali Klitschko was last in the ring for September's fourth-round knockout of Manuel Charr, representing his 13th consecutive triumph and his 10th stoppage victory during that run.
But was Charr the last time the boxing world will see the 6-7 Vitali Klitschko in the ring?
"Vitali has not made a decision," said Tom Loeffler of the Klitschko's K2 Promotions. "There is nothing definitive on him. He still has not officially decided what his future plans are."
Nicknamed "Dr. Ironfist" -- he has a Ph.D. in sports science -- Vitali Klitschko is considering a career in politics in his native Ukraine against the notion of whether or not he will fight again, according to The Daily Beast.
"Success in any sport requires concentration, training, determination and talent," said Klitschko.
"Sports gave me the will to win, the ability to make quick decisions, to realize their full potential. These qualities are very important in politics...In the ring they call me Dr. Ironfist. Perhaps some expected me to begin my parliamentary career by bashing heads, literally. However, I said early on that my style in politics will be focused on the battle for ideas that lead to changes in Ukraine."
If Klitschko does return, his mandatory challenger is likely to be the winner of an April 27 WBC elimination bout between heavyweight contenders Chris Arreola, of Riverside, Calif., and Haitian-born Bermane Stiverne at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
Klitschko suffered his last loss to Lennox Lewis in June of 2003 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and then reeled off three straight stoppage wins, the last of which was in the eighth round over Danny Williams in December of 2004.
Klitschko ended a four-year, injury-forced retirement in October of 2008 when his eighth-round knockout of Samuel Peter earned his current belt, and later scored a 10th-round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Arreola in September of 2009 at The Staples Center.
Vitali Klitschko also registered an eighth-round knockout of the late Corrie Sanders at The Staples Center in April of 2004, avenging Wladimir's second-round stoppage loss to Sanders in March of 2003.
A resident of Kiev, Klitschko has a home in Los Angeles, which Loeffler said is "basically his second home," and is where the fighter's three children -- ages 13, 10 and 6 -- were born.
BOYD MELSON ADDED TO DANNY GARCIA-ZAB JUDAH CARD
Popular left-handed junior middleweight Captain Boyd "Rainmaker" Melson (10-1-1, 4 KOs), of New York City, will face Troy Lowry (28-12, 17 KOs) on the April 27 undercard of a main event featuring Philadelphia's Danny Garcia in defense of his RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight belts against ex-beltholder Zab Judah at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Melson was last in the ring at Barclays Center, where he battled Jason Thompson to a draw on the undercard of Garcia's fourth-round knockout of Erik Morales.
ANGELO SANTANA TO FACE BAHODIR MAMADJONOV
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