Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Notes: Binkow joins Mayweather
A few notes from the boxing world:
• Two weeks after Bruce Binkow left his position as chief operating officer of Golden Boy Promotions, one of several employees who either quit or were fired last month as part of a housecleaning following the resignation of CEO Richard Schaefer, he has signed on as a consultant with Mayweather Promotions. Binkow told ESPN.com that he will help organize pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s Sept 13 Showtime PPV fight (likely a rematch against Marcos Maidana). Binkow, who deals closely with the sponsors, has vast experience with Mayweather events considering his role with Golden Boy, which has been Mayweather's de facto promoter for the past several years, but unlikely to be promote his next bout. Binkow has worked on Mayweather's previous eight fights.
• Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn said he hopes to be able to make a junior featherweight unification fight for Scott Quigg against Leo Santa Cruz, adding that Quigg is willing to travel to the United States to face him in the fall. Hearn said they cannot make a deal for the Santa Cruz bout that Quigg would fight on Sept. 13 somewhere in the United Kingdom.
• The working date for the proposed fight between super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham of Germany and England's Paul Smith is Sept. 27. Hearn said he is waiting to hear from Abraham promoter Sauerland Event on where in Germany the fight would take place.
• Two names from the past will be on the undercard of the rematch between junior lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) and Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) on July 10 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes) at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Faded former super middleweight titlist Jeff Lacy (26-4, 18 KOs) will oppose Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs) in the 10-round light heavyweight co-feature. Lacy retired at the end of 2010 but returned for a win in November and this will be the second bout of his comeback. Also on the card, long-faded middleweight and super middleweight title challenger Edison Miranda (35-9, 30 KOs), who has lost three in a row and four of five, is expected to serve as fodder for cruiserweight prospect Yunier Dorticos (17-0, 17 KOs), the former Cuban amateur standout, in their 10-rounder