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Khan vs. Garcia: Garcia's Dad Needs to STFU Part 2

Danny Garcia's dad/trainer, Angel Garcia, is proving to be fearless in espousing the most reprehensible opinions regarding Pakistanis and Muslims prior to his son's fight against Amir Khan on July 14 (HBO). Check out this "interview"/rant below, and keep in mind that if other people are around, you'd better keep the volume low:

Louis C.K. Talks Boxing with ESPN.com's Bill Simmons

A few friends have asked me what I think about the Pacquiao vs Bradley decision. I evaded the question. My true answer—that I've avoided sharing up until now—is that part of me has been enjoying the excitement. Check out this interview, it sounds like comedian Louis C.K. has a similar opinion. I never knew he was such a huge boxing fan:

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8099523

Seattle Hometown Hero Headed to Olympics After All

At the U.S. Olympic Boxing team trials in February Queen Underwood of Seattle lost by a one-point decision. Her future changed dramatically on Monday when the AIBA, the international governing body of amateur boxing, opened up a spot for her on the U.S. team.

Women's Boxing is a first-time event in London. The United States, Russia, and Britian have fighters competing in all three weight classes this summer.

Horrible News: Paul Williams "Likely Paralyzed" After Motorcycle Accident

Channel 12 (WRDW Augusta) is reporting that Paul Williams has suffered critical injuries in a motorcycle accident, and will be "likely paralyzed."

Read the article here.

Obviously, if this report is accurate, the Sept. 15 PPV featuring Paul vs. Canelo in the main event is off.

Two Massive KOs Over the Weekend

I've been a bit down about all the recent cancellations (Rios-Gamboa, Peterson-Khan 2, Ortiz-Berto 2 -- the last 2 due to positive PED tests), but these two massive knockouts over the weekend deserve recognition:

Mikkel Kessler TKO 4 Allan Green - Instant wave-off

Karim Mayfield TKO 5 Raymond Serrano - The fight-ending blow occurs at the end of the fourth round, at the 2:49 mark in the video

Zab Is Back! (Yet Again)

For those who missed Zab's win over Vernon Paris on Saturday (which ran concurrently with HBO's Morales-Garcia fight), here's the footage of the 9th round TKO:

Zab looked great ruining Paris's 26-0 record coming into the fight. Afterwards, Zab said he would consider fighting Lamont Peterson, Amir Khan again, or Danny Garcia. He also mentioned he had a friendly bet with Kendall Holt over who would defeat their most recent opponent quicker -- Kendall won with his 2nd round TKO over Tim Coleman a couple weeks ago.

Could You Fight in a Skirt?

Men have been boxing in Olympic Games since as early as 688 BC according to Wikipedia. Centuries later—this summer—women's boxing will appear for the first time as an Olympic event in London.

The International Boxing Association has announced that the uniform will potentially be, wait for it, skirts. The AIBA says: "...skirts help differentiate" the women from the men. Fans can't tell the difference? The long hair and sports bras up top aren't enough?

Before deciding it's all too silly to pay attention to, take a moment and imagine fighters urged to wear something that marked them by race instead.

Weekend Roundup: A Frightening KO and A Disgraceful Post-Fight Press Conference Brawl

In case you missed it, here are two must-see videos from this past weekend in the boxing world, both in and out of the ring.

First, here is Adonis Stevenson stiffening Jesus Gonzales in what is sure to be on the shortlist for KO of the Year. The vicious left lands at the 1:24 mark in the video:

Second, there's the disgraceful brawl that occurred during the post-fight press conference for Klitschko-Chisora. David Haye, who was there to try and bait Vitali into a fight, ended up drawing Chisora off the podium at which point things went completely and utterly out of control:

Some have suggested this was a publicity stunt that got out of hand, although the altercation strikes me as being deadly serious. The call for Haye versus Chisora just got a lot stronger.

Del Boy Clowns Vitali at Weigh-In

At today's weigh-in for tomorrow's heavyweight clash between Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora, "Del Boy" surprised everyone by slapping his opponent square in the cheek with an open right palm during the staredown after the weigh in. For what it's worth, we suspect that with his slap, Chisora may have put himself in an even greater world of hurt tomorrow night in Germany.


See the fan cards: Vitali Klitschko vs Dereck Chisora

Fight On: Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan, May 19, Mandalay Bay

With the exception of the Big Fight not happening, 2012 is shaping up to be an excellent year. In the past two weeks, we've had Mayweather-Cotto, Pacquiao-Bradley, and the rescheduled Ortiz-Berto rematch all announced, and now, May 19, Lamont Peterson will be defending his two 140 lb. belts in a rematch against Amir Khan. The first fight was a barnburner that could've gone either way, and I can't see how the rematch will be any different (other than the absence of a potentially biased referee and a mystery man in a hat).

Fight On: Mayweather vs. Cotto, May 5, MGM Grand

It was announced today that Floyd Mayweather has chosen Miguel Cotto as his next opponent for his May 5 date at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The fight apparently will take place at the full super welterweight limit of 154 lbs., and Cotto's WBA belt will be up for grabs.
Update: Golden Boy Promotions has confirmed Canelo Alvarez will appear in the co-feature, opponent TBA.

Fight Off: Ortiz vs. Berto II

The highly anticipated rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto has been postponed indefinitely due to Berto suffering a ruptured left bicep while sparring. This is the second time Berto has injured this bicep, and he was rumored to be having surgery today to fix it. Ortiz has already thrown his hat in the ring for Floyd Mayweather's May 5 MGM Grand date. But does anyone want to see those two get it on again after that first debacle?

Fight On: B-Hop vs. Bad Chad Redux, April 28 in AC

Bernard announced via his Twitter account today that the mandated rematch against Bad Chad Dawson would take place April 28 in Atlantic City. He also stated that the fight would be on regular HBO, and not HBO PPV like the first debacle, which is rumored to have sold only in the neighborhood of 40,000 buys (very likely making it the least successful HBO PPV telecast ever).

Antonio DeMarco vs. Michael Katsidis is being rumored as the co-feature.

Busted: Kelly Pavlik, DUI

Troubled former undisputed middleweight champion--it seems amazing that it was only last year that he lost his title to Sergio Martinez in a great, underrated fight--was arrested on charges of drunk driving in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, last night.

According to an article on WFMJ.com, Pavlik drove a "green ATV" into a lamppost and a telephone pole before making his way home. Pavlik was belligerent when confronted at his house by the police, was arrested, and made bail at 2:00 a.m.

In his mugshot below, Kelly looks inebriated, out of shape, and about twenty years older than he actually is (only 29).

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