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Jose Canseco to Fight 60-Year-Old

Aside from writing books calling out steroids users from MLB, Jose Canseco has spent his retirement trying to earn money through celebrity fights. Canseco tried to set up a fight with Curt Schilling but it never happened. Instead, Canseco ended up with bouts against three other people, going 0-2-1. Canseco got knocked out by Vai Sikahema, lost to Hong Man Choi, and was able to score a draw with Danny Bonaduce.

Canseco’s latest act of shameless idiocy for money is a fight with former University of Arkansas Little Rock head baseball coach, Gary Hogan. Hogan is in good shape and says he’ll be well conditioned for the fight. Oh yeah, he’s also 60 years old. Good to see Canseco’s picking on someone who’s an equal match.

The bout is set to go down before the Arkansas Travelers minor league game on July 9th. It was actually the Travelers’ GM who came up with the idea for the promotion, citing Hogan’s “high-energy manic personality.” They’re scheduled to go four two-minute rounds. Let’s just hope nobody hurts himself.

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Ex-college coach to fight Canseco [MiLB.com]

Don King’s Million Dollar Wild Ride

Can you just imagine the imagery? 78-year-old boxing promoter Don King roaring down the highway with two duffel bags of cash holding 500 grand a piece? That was the case on Saturday night when the decrepit promoter sped in his car to a Florida courtroom to post bond and make an injunction official. To quote King: “I felt like I was Clint Eastwood in a movie, speeding down the highway with a fistful of dollars.” Why was he speeding to get there and make an injunction official? He was single-handedly ruining an entire MMA pay-per-view card scheduled for Saturday night that included his boxer, Ricardo Mayorga.

King’s lawyers had been arguing in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom that Mayorga couldn’t fight on the Shine Fights card taking place in North Carolina Saturday night. King’s contention is that he’s Mayorga’s boxing promoter while Shine Fights was saying they’re promoting Mayorga for an MMA event. The Broward County judge ruled in King’s favor so Don had to make the injunction official by posting the million dollars bond. SI says Mayorga was first told he couldn’t fight on the card and then later the North Carolina boxing commission canceled the entire card. A full on pay-per-view event set to take place in the Crown Coliseum down the drain, all because of King and Mayorga. Only in America can Don King get away with this (and two murders …).

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King wins Mayorga fight dispute [Josh Gross/SI]

Kermit Cintron Falls Out of Ring Against Paul Williams

Paul Williams beat Kermit Cintron on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California in one of the strangest endings to a fight I’ve seen. Some people are accusing Cintron of taking a dive in this fight — literally. He wound up tumbling out of the ring in the fourth round of their fight and getting carted off on a stretcher. Here’s the video of Kermit Cintron falling out of the ring in his fight with Paul Williams:

Paul Williams won the fight by a technical split decision. When Cintron fell out of the ring, he landed on a TV and a table, hurting his back. Although Cintron wanted to continue, they wouldn’t let him, so the fight went to the judges’ cards and Williams was awarded the victory (he was winning on two of the three cards). Williams said he felt badly the fans didn’t get their money’s worth. Don’t you worry, Paul, we sure did.

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Cintron falls out of ring, Williams wins decision [AP/Yahoo! Sports]

Kendall Gill Returns to Boxing Friday

Talk about a blast from the past. I was stunned to come across a press release informing me that former Illinois star and longtime NBA player Kendall Gill was returning to boxing. Despite being 41-years-old and five years removed from his last season in the NBA, Gill is scheduled to fight Friday night at UIC Pavilion against Miles Kelly. Gill is 3-0 with two knockouts in his boxing career and he’s scheduled to fight four rounds. Gill will have his work cut out for him because he hasn’t fought since ’05:

“I’ve wanted to get back in the ring for some time; most recently I’ve been training for the last two months at JABB Boxing Gym with Mike Garcia and Luis Mateo. I’m in terrific shape and can’t wait to get back in the ring.”

“I thought I was in great shape while playing in the NBA, but training to box put me in a completely different physical mold as a person.”

Gill played for seven different teams in the NBA with his highlights including averaging 21.8 ppg with the Nets in ’96-’97. Gill also led the league in steals in ’98-’99 averaging a ridiculous 2.7 per game. I’m still surprised his “Flying Illini” squad lost to Michigan at the Final Four in ’89 with the loads of talent on their roster. Here’s to Kendall Gill improving to 4-0 and joining Herschel Walker as a successful fighter in his post team-sport career.

Mayweather: Shane Mosley’s New Tattoo ‘Out of Character’

A week ago I read an article in the Las Vegas Sun talking about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr./Sugar Shane Mosley fight. Obviously there’s a ton riding on this fight — possibly $30 million for Floyd should he win and agree to fight Manny Pacquiao. According to the article, Mayweather feels like he has a mental advantage in the fight because Shane got a new tattoo recently:

“I think he’s kind of out of character,” Mayweather said. “We all know that’s not the real Shane Mosley. The guy waits until he’s 38 to get tattoos? Come on.”

Obviously I was wondering what the big deal was with Mosley getting a new tattoo that caused Mayweather to treat it like it were Mike Tyson’s face ink. Well, thanks to a story at The Sweet Science, I finally saw a picture of Mosley’s tattoo that had caused all the drama. Here it is:

It definitely has a trendy/tribal feel to it and doesn’t seem to go along with who Shane Mosley is, so I see Floyd’s point. Mayweather will have his chance to make his point in the ring on May 1st. He better not screw this one up otherwise it would go down as one of boxing’s biggest blunders.

Also see Bella Gonzalez pictures (Shane’s new girlfriend)

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. says Shane Mosley ‘out of character’ for upcoming fight [Las Vegas Sun]
Photo Credits: The Sweet Science, MyBoxingFans

Edwin Valero Adds to Disturbing Trend in Recent Boxing Deaths

Within the last three years at least five prominent boxers have died. One was an accident, three were suicides, and one was a murder crime. Most recently, Venezuelan lightweight champion Edwin Valero committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell early Monday morning after being suspected of killing his wife on Sunday. Valero had a reputation as quite the mauler given his 27-0 record by 27 knockouts. He had several problems with his wife over the past year and their deaths was the end result.

Back in July of 2009, Alexis Arguello was found dead at his home in Nicaragua, the victim of a gunshot to the chest that was ruled a suicide. Arguello was a champ in three different weight classes and had recently been elected mayor of Managua prior to his death. His son does not believe his father committed suicide. Arguello was 82-8 with 65 knockouts in his career.

Two weeks later, also in July 2009, Arturo Gatti was found dead at a hotel room in Brazil, the apparent victim of strangulation. His wife was initially suspected of strangling him with a purse strap but by late July she had been released from jail and the death had been ruled a suicide. Gatti was 40-9 in his career, a world champ in two weight classes, and part of a classic trilogy of bouts with Micky Ward.

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Pacquiao/Clottey Pay-Per-View Numbers Could Hurt Mayweather Negotiations

Pretty much every story in the boxing world can be tied back to one core issue: when will Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight? I don’t care how many Roy Jones Jr./Bernard Hopkins fights or Andre Berto battles they promote, there’s only one issue that matters to me and the general sports public: Mayweather and Pacquiao. While Pacman took care of business by destroying Joshua Clottey two weeks ago, Mayweather still has to hold his end up by beating the BALCO-less Shane Mosley. Assuming that happens in May, the two camps will be back to their familiar posturing as they try to negotiate a deal. As if the issue of drug testing didn’t already provide enough of a hurdle, now we have another one.

HBO announced Tuesday that the Manny Pacquiao/Joshua Clottey drubbing in Arlington generated 700,000 pay-per-view buys. Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s most recent fight, a win over Juan Manuel Marquez, produced a million PPV buys. Making matters worse for Manny, his fight with Marquez in ’08 generated around 400,000 PPV buys. Of course that figure is relative because Pacquiao’s popularity has exploded in the past two years and Mayweather’s fight was his first out of retirement, but it’s no less indicative of potential future problems. That Mayweather against a lesser name almost outdrew Pacquiao against a lesser name by 50% will be a sticking point in negotiations between the two.

Mayweather’s camp will use those numbers as leverage to say he’s the bigger draw and that he deserves a bigger share of the purse. Pacquiao’s camp will counter by saying that Manny’s a global figure and an equally large draw. While Floyd’s numbers are more impressive, here’s what I think the most fair way to settle it is: split the purse 50-50. Floyd can generate one million buys on his own and Pacquiao can probably generate around 700,000, but the two of them fighting against each other would cause numbers to explode — 3.5 million pay-per-view buys, anyone? The sum of their parts creates an intrigue that’s greater than each of their wholes. 50-50 split, guys. It’s the most fair way to divvy the millions.

Of course now we’re just going to see Mayweather lose to Mosley, but that’s besides the point.

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Pacquiao-Clottey generates 700,000 pay-per-view buys [USA Today]