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|Former welterweight champ Cory Spinks hopes to reignite his career June 25 against Shakir Ashanti.|
• Lightweight contender Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) is slated to headline HBO's "Boxing After Dark" on Aug. 6, so Golden Boy and the network are discussing potential opponents. At the top of the list is Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs), the hard-punching interim junior welterweight titlist who pushed Amir Khan to the brink in December. "We're working on it. There's a good possibility of a Maidana fight," Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez told ESPN.com. "I love the fight and I'm working hard trying to get it done. Robert wants to fight the best fights out there, the biggest names. We're in negotiations." Guerrero, who would move up in weight, is coming off a dominant decision win against Michael Katsidis on April 9. Maidana rebounded from the loss to Khan to take a majority decision against Erik Morales in an all-action slugfest that headlined that April 9 HBO PPV card.
• Middleweight champ Sergio Martinez's next fight is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1 on HBO, promoter Lou DiBella told ESPN.com. It could also move to Oct. 8, he said. Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) does not yet have an opponent, but he could face Sebastian Zbik if Zbik defeats Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the HBO main event Saturday night, DiBella said. As for a televised undercard bout on Martinez's next card, DiBella said he is hoping to make a rematch between middleweight Andy Lee (26-1, 19 KOs) and Brian Vera (18-5, 11 KOs). Lee, who stopped Craig McEwan in the 10th round of a barnburner on Martinez's March 12 undercard, suffered his only loss via seventh-round knockout to Vera in a 2008 upset. Vera has pulled off multiple upsets, including taking a decision against former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora in February. "It would mean a lot to me to avenge my only loss and show the fans who really is the better fighter between us," Lee said. "I would like my chance to get my revenge and redemption. Let's get the fight on now."
• When heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and titleholder David Haye came to New York to meet the media several weeks ago in advance of their much-anticipated showdown July 2 in Hamburg, Germany, they spent part of a day filming "Face-Off with Max Kellerman" for HBO. The intense 13-minute, face-to-face confrontation between the fighters, with Kellerman sitting between them and moderating, premiers June 16 (HBO, 9:45 p.m. ET/PT). There will be multiple replays on HBO and HBO2 during the two weeks leading up to the bout.
• ESPN aired a 3-D boxing telecast in the United States in February and has added five more 3-D fight cards to the schedule. The "Friday Night Fights" cards on June 24, July 1, July 8, July 22 and Aug. 12 will air as usual on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, but will also be offered on ESPN 3D. Viewers need access to ESPN 3D, an exclusive 3-D network that debuted last year and is available in approximately 62.5 million households. It has televised events such as college football and basketball, the State Farm Home Run Derby, the Masters, the Harlem Globetrotters and NBA games.
• Blue-chip prospect Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs), who had been climbing the middleweight ranks, will drop down to junior middleweight for his next fight against former "Contender" reality series winner Grady Brewer (27-12, 15 KOs). They'll meet June 17 in a scheduled 10-rounder on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" at the University of Texas' Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Guerrero is following in the footsteps of stablemate Shawn Porter, a top prospect who recently dropped from junior middleweight to welterweight. In the co-feature, welterweight prospect Karim Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KOs) will face Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs), who lost a split decision to Brewer in the 2006 "Contender" final. Guerrero was originally lined up to face David Medina, but he dropped out a couple of weeks ago because of an eye injury.
• The Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley dud that took place May 7 in Las Vegas was preceded by Showtime's weekly four-episode reality series "Fight Camp 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley," which followed both fighters through their training camps. Showtime has produced a fifth episode, a 15-minute epilogue to the fight, which premieres Saturday night (8:45 ET/PT) before the Carl Froch-Glen Johnson Super Six telecast begins at 9 ET/PT. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at Pacquiao and Mosley just before the fight, the reactions of their trainers and family during the fight, as well as the aftermath of the bout. In the brief clip Showtime made available to the media, Mosley was shown sitting on the stool in his corner between the 10th and 11th rounds telling trainer Naazim Richardson he wanted him to stop the fight. Richardson talked him out of it, and the bout -- which Mosley lost by a lopsided decision -- continued.
• Epix made it official this week that it will air live Felix Sturm's middleweight title defense against Matthew Macklin on June 25 from Cologne, Germany, on the network as well as on EpixHD.com. The network's third boxing broadcast since getting involved in the sport with Vitali Klitschko's heavyweight title defense against Odlanier Solis in March will also be simulcast on a JumboTron in New York City's Times Square. "The middleweight division is one of boxing's most storied and exciting divisions, and Epix looks forward to exclusively broadcasting the Sturm-Macklin middleweight title fight to the U.S. It should be a very exciting matchup," said Epix president and CEO Mark Greenberg. Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KOs) will be making the 10th title defense of his third reign. Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) is riding a four-year, 11-bout winning streak.
• Despite his well-chronicled legal issues and drug problems, former three-division champion Johnny Tapia (58-5-2, 30 KO), 44, is still fighting. He steps back into the ring Saturday night (GoFightLive.TV, 9 ET, $9.99) in his hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., to face long-faded former junior flyweight titlist Mauricio Pastrana (35-15-2, 23 KOs), 38, in a scheduled 10-round lightweight bout. Pastrana, who has lost five fights in a row and eight of his past nine, is a late replacement for Frankie Archuleta, who had a medical issue. Tapia and Archuleta were supposed to meet in a rubber match of their hometown rivalry.
• Former unified junior featherweight titlist Celestino Caballero, 34, of Panama says he will retire if he does not defeat featherweight titlist Jonathan Barros when they meet June 18 in Barros' native Argentina. "If I lose against Barros, I will retire from boxing," Caballero told Critica, a newspaper in Panama. "It is a decision that has been taken after talking to my wife. She supports me on this. I don't want to be a steppingstone for no one. I don't want to put my family through this suffering." Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs), who is coming off a big upset decision loss to Jason Litzau in a November junior lightweight bout, said if he wins, he would like to face either Orlando Salido or Jhonny Gonzalez in a unification bout. Caballero added that he would also give a title shot to Juan Manuel Lopez, who recently lost his featherweight title to Salido. When Caballero and Lopez held titles at junior featherweight, there was a lot of discussion about them fighting. Caballero called him out repeatedly, but Lopez did not accept his challenge before moving up in weight. "This is a fight we both wanted for a long time," Caballero said. "I have always been willing to fight him, even in Puerto Rico."
• Almost six years after Leavander Johnson died from injuries suffered in the ring, a statue in his honor will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Saturday at Center City Park in his hometown of Atlantic City, N.J. Expected to attend the public ceremony are Bill Johnson (Leavander's father and trainer), Craig Johnson (the fighter's brother and manager), Floyd Williams (CEO of the Leavander Johnson Foundation), Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford, councilman Marty Small and sculptor Brian Hanlon. Johnson (34-5-2, 26 KOs) was born and raised in Atlantic City and began boxing as a child in the city's Police Athletic League. In his fourth attempt at a world title, Johnson claimed a lightweight belt in June 2005 with a seventh-round knockout of Stefano Zoff in Italy. Three months later, Johnson made his first defense against Jesus Chavez in Las Vegas on an HBO PPV undercard. Johnson was stopped in the 11th round and died five days later as a result of the brain injury he suffered in the bout. He was 35.
• Junior middleweight contender Pawel Wolak (29-1, 19 KOs), who scored a career-best win in an upset sixth-round knockout of former titleholder Yuri Foreman on March 12, will return to face Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14 KOs) in the main event of ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" on July 15 in New York. Rodriguez, who has been in numerous exciting "FNF" bouts, is moving up in weight for the fight.
"I believe the expression 'wannabe' speaks to Haye clearly and perfectly." -- Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, on titlist David Haye, whom he meets July 2 (HBO) in Hamburg, Germany
"This is my dream come true. The Romanian people have followed my career very closely since the very beginning, and to share this joy of defending my title in front of them gives me goosebumps. I always felt their support from afar, but on July 9 they will be right there, in the arena, to encourage me." -- Super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute, who lives in Montreal, on returning to his native Romania to fight for the first time against mandatory challenger Jean-Paul Mendy.
Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter @danrafaelespn.