But with a monthly pay-per-view slate scheduled from here on out, it will also be an incredibly expensive end to 2011. You figure that with each show costing roughly 60 bucks a pop, it will cost well over $200 of discretionary income to get all the cards. And right now, times are tough. You wonder if this is a bit of overkill.
Regardless, Taffet is perhaps the most relieved man at HBO Sports. It was just a few months ago that he was looking at a year with no Pacquiao or Mayweather on his docket. He was in danger of being boxing’s version of the Maytag repair man.
"Yeah, we spoke about this a few weeks ago but we had a few months off at the beginning of the year," said Taffet, with a grin. "We got a lot of pent-up energy on our staff. We’re ready to go and we know that for the sport, for the industry and for the fans, it’s going to be a fantastic time and we’re really excited to get going."
So what is the status of WBO junior lightweight titlist Ricky Burns and his scheduled defense on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” on November 26th in Cincinnati, Ohio?
"I don’t know," admitted Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer on Wednesday, "Frank Warren called me late last night, like eight o’clock [PM] my time; it was four o’clock in the UK. And he said he was going to be meeting today with Ricky Burns and that supposedly, [Burns] has problems making weight. But that hasn’t been decided yet, whether he’s going to take the fight or vacate. The fact is me and Frank Warren have a deal in place for Burns to fight but of course, if the kid is going to vacate the title, then that becomes a moot issue and Adrien Broner will fight for the vacant title."
So what is going on with the proposed bout between Alfredo Angulo and Vanes Martirosyan that was to take place on an HBO card from Mexico on November the 5th? Well, it seems that Martirosyan is waffling.
"He’s a big talker; he calls everybody out and then when somebody bites- and in this particular case, Alfredo Angulo- he suddenly has become very quiet. We’ve been chasing him," said Schaefer, whose company might stage this card in Cancun, Mexico. "I talked with Bob Arum [who promotes Martirosyan] about it over lunch a few weeks ago and we exchanged some emails last week with Todd [DuBoef] and [GBP matchmaker] Eric Gomez has been talking with Carl Moretti and we were supposed to hear today and we haven’t heard anything. It has gotten very, very quiet on the Martirosyan fight."
There was also talk of Sergiy Dzinziruk (who was promised a return on the network for facing Sergio Martinez back in March) facing Erislandy Lara on this card but it looks like Dzinziruk, who still is the WBO 154-pound beltholder, has a scheduled mandatory defense on September 30th versus Lukas Konecny. This may have been problematic. Schaefer stated clearly, "That’s not going happen. So I don’t think Lara’s going to be on the card."
Honestly, if you gave me a bout between Angulo and James Kirkland, I wouldn’t complain.
As for Amir Khan, who holds the WBA and IBF belts at junior welterweight, he will be returning most likely on December 10th to HBO. "We’re looking to see if we can do the [IBF] mandatory, which is Lamont Peterson," said Schaefer, who says that venues in Las Vegas and Atlantic City are being discussed as well as in So Cal. "I know Staples Center is booked, unfortunately, and so is the Nokia Theater and so is the Honda Center but we’re going to see if maybe if there’s an opportunity in Los Angeles or somewhere in Southern California."
There could be competing shows that night as Showtime could be doing a card featuring WBA lightweight titlist Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. His return to the network was not contingent on the Cotto-Margarito rematch landing at Showtime.
"They’re separate deals," DuBoef pointed out. "One’s not with the other. Obviously, Brandon Rios has a position with Showtime and we are currently discussing some stuff with them."
Rios’ last two outings against Miguel Acosta and Urbano Antillon were broadcast by Showtime.
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