This Week in Boxing: News, Rumors, and Results

Alan ThomsonCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16:  'Sugar' Shane Mosley arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Tyson' at the Pacific Design Center on April 16, 2009 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
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-Andre Berto was paid to step aside and allow Shane Mosley to fight Floyd Mayweather instead, according to’s Dan Rafael, who learned of the situation from “informed sources.”

Berto is advised by Al Haymon who also handles Mayweather.

Rafael also cited a source familiar with the Mosley-Berto contract as saying that a clause in the contract which would allow the fight to be rescheduled in case either fighter had to postpone had not been exercised.

-Golden Boy Promotions recently signed heavyweight John Ruiz, who is scheduled to fight David Haye—also a Golden Boy client—for Haye’s WBA title. GBP is said to be looking to have the winner of that fight face Bernard Hopkins, provided B-Hop defeats Roy Jones.

-Amir Khan, the reigning WBA junior middleweight champ, has agreed to a promotional alliance between his Khan Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.

-The cancellation of Berto vs. Mosley has also put the kibosh on the Glen Johnson vs. Yusaf Mack light heavyweight bout which was scheduled to be on the undercard.

-Tickets for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey fight on March 13 in Arlington, Texas go on sale Saturday, January 23. Prices will range from $50 to $700.



-HBO’s Boxing After Dark will feature a championship doubleheader this Saturday, January 23. Juan Manuel Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) will take on Steve Luevano (37-1, 15 KOs) for Luevano’s WBO featherweight belt. Also, WBA featherweight champ Yuriorkis Gamboa (16-0, 14 KOs) will fight Rogers Mtagwa (26-13-2, 18 KOs).

-On Friday in the Philippines, IBF junior flyweight champion Brian Viloria (26-2, 15 KOs) will be challenged by Carlos Tamara (20-4, 14 KOs). WBO strawweight champion Donnie Nietes (25-1, 14 KOs) will fight Jesus Silvestre (15-1, 12 KOs) on the undercard.

-Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) will battle Sakio Bika (28-3, 19 KOs) in a super middleweight showdown on February 5. Promoter Lou DiBella has stated that the winner will replace Jermain Taylor in Showtime’s Super Six super middleweight tournament and fight Andre Ward on April 17.

-Amir Khan (22-1, 16 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) have reached an agreement to fight in either March or April at a site yet to be determined.

-Johnny Tapia (56-5-2, 28 KOs) is returning to the sport after a three-year layoff to face Jose Alberto Reyes (21-27-3, 17 KOs) on March 6. The 42-year-old, five-time champion is finishing up an eight-month prison sentence for a parole violation. 

-It was announced that former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham will fight Matt Godfrey on March 19 for the vacant IBF cruiser title in Sunrise, Florida.



-Former junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma (26-7, 16 KOs) lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Vanes Martirosyan (27-0, 17 KOs) on Saturday January 16 in Las Vegas. Ouma has now lost five of his last six fights.