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Showtime Takes a Pass


By Steve Kim

Showtime, which had televised Orlando Salido’s two bouts against Juan Manuel Lopez and had a position on Salido’s upcoming contest against Miguel Garcia on November 10th, has decided to take a pass on the fight. Therefore this bout will end up on HBO (where it will be paired up with the junior middleweight bout between Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martirosyan) from the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.
It means that once again we’ll see dueling dates between some very familiar faces on this date. Showtime will be broadcasting a fight card featuring a main event between WBC junior featherweight titlist Abner Mares and Anselmo Moreno from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. And HBO will have this doubleheader promoted by Top Rank.

The more things change, the more they stay the same...
-  Speaking of Golden Boy and Top Rank, there is a lot of talk and conjecture about a possible bout between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley and Robert Guerrero in what would be a very good looking bout between two accomplished prizefighters in their physical primes. But you wonder, can there be an actual thaw in this “Cold War’” that exists between the two companies? It was less than two weeks ago when Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stated to Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times that he would “never” work with Top Rank ever again (of course, “never” has a way of becoming short-lived in this racket if the money is right).
Also, if it’s true that Showtime will be televising an Amir Khan fight on that same date (December 15th), would Golden Boy dare provide HBO and Top Rank the services of Guerrero?
All we are saying is give peace a chance...
-  The proposed bout between WBO flyweight titlist Brian Viloria and WBA champion Hernan Marquez has moved around so much it should be sponsored by U-Haul. Originally, this fight was scheduled for September 29th then to November 10th and it looks like it’s moving again, possibly to November 17th.
The latest problem is that with the Salido-Garcia fight being scheduled for November 10th, Zanfer (which promotes both “Siri” and “Tyson”) have requested the fight be pushed back yet again because TV Azteca will be televising the fight from Las Vegas and is unable to do two cards on the same night.
There is some talk that this fight may end up at the Commerce Casino near Los Angeles but it’s not clear if the 17th of November is available at this venue.
J. Russell Peltz says that Gabe Rosado would gladly face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next and bypass his IBF mandatory shot...It’s not really clear when and where Alvarez will fight again. There was some Twitter chatter on Monday night about him facing Marcos Maidana. Yeah, I’d much prefer Rosado, who is a bona fide ‘54-pounder and on a nice run...Humberto Soto has been offered the chance to face Khan, I’m told...The WBC has ordered Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to rehab. OK, insert your own punchline here...Look for heavyweight Bryant Jennings to headline the Dec. 8th edition of “Fight Night” on NBC Sports Network from Philly...I’m still in shock over the ending of the Seahawks-Packers game on Monday night...”Boardwalk Empire” and “Treme” are off to very strong starts on HBO...“The Football Life” on Ray Lewis was excellent on NFL Network...Speaking of which, it’s about damn time Time-Warner Cable got the NFL Network...I can be reached at and I tweet at We also have a Facebook fan page at, where you can discuss our content with Maxboxing readers as well as chime in via our fully interactive article comments sections.

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