Another edition of Around the Ring is here with the latest news that are swirling around the boxing world:
- Mayweather Jr Starts Camp – After his win over Manny Pacquiao last May and the biggest pay day of his career, current WBC welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr has begun his training for his next fight slated for September 12th. The problem is that there is no opponent as of today. Also, there is a rumor that his next fight, which he has stated that it will be his last as well as the last one in his multi-million dollar contract with Showtime, will be on CBS. There is word that his next opponent will be Karim Mayfield despite Amir Khan, Kell Brook and Keith Thurman all vying for the job.
- The “Cobra” Calls it Quits – Brit Carl “The Cobra” Froch put an end to his thirteen year professional career in an open letter earlier this week. Froch at super middleweight captured every version of the world title except for the WBO and faced everybody in his division especially as part of the Super Six tournament some years ago by Showtime. Recently he was looking for a big fight in Las Vegas so he can end his time by fulfilling a life-long dream but a clash against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr did not come to fruition. His name was also associated with Golovkin but Froch made it known pretty quickly he was not interested in that.
- Mosley vs Mayorga II – Nobody asked for the rematch or for either men to return but now it has been announced that “Sugar” Shane Mosley will face Ricardo Mayorga on August 29th. Trouble is that Mares vs Santa Cruz is slated for the same day. This fight is not on the undercard and quite frankly, the fight is not big enough at this point to compete with two fighters in their prime. No location, TV outlet or any other details have been released. All I have to say is… really?
- Is it or not? – Word on the boxing street is that there are talks of a fight between world-level amateur standouts Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko, both world champions in the professional ranks. The hold up is that Rigo wants it at 124 pounds while Vasyl’s people want to stay at featherweight. Rigondeaux doesn’t have a lot of options here since being released by Top Rank and the latest news is that Rigondeaux agreed to the featherweight limit but now Lomachenko might be looking at other options.
- Will He? – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is set to make his return to the ring after suffering his first stoppage loss last April. This time he will face fattened up super welterweight Marcos “Dorado” Reyes at a catch weight of a pound over the super middleweight limit. Reyes, like many boxing fans, believes Chavez Jr will not make the weight. That would stop Reyes since he will still go on with the fight but for a fee. It’s a toss-up since Chavez Jr has been working with Robert Garcia but who knows? Brandon Rios has missed weight as well.