It’s Now an “El Terrible” March
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Dec 29, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Erik Morales
It was decided a few days ago that in the wake of his gallbladder surgery late last week, it wouldn't be prudent for Erik Morales to keep his January 28th appointment versus Danny Garcia at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Eventually, Golden Boy Promotions made the decision to just postpone and move the show instead of finding a replacement for “El Terrible.” The reality is that it was Morales’ mystique and reputation which were going to carry ticket sales for this card, to be televised on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.”
On Wednesday, March 24th was finalized as the new date for this promotion, which also includes a junior middleweight bout between James Kirkland and Carlos Molina.
“We tried to find the next available date; we wanted to make sure Erik was fully healed and will have sufficient time to properly train,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer explained to Maxboxing, “so we could have done it at the end of February or so but there were no dates available. The first available date was March the 24th. The ticket sales going into this fight were extremely strong in Houston so it was the right thing to do, obviously. We tried to keep that fight in Houston and so we needed to see the availability of the venues and we were very fortunate to be able to have worked out something with the Reliant Arena, that they cleared for us the 24th.
“They had some other holds there before. We were able to clear that over the past 24 hours, so we're really happy that we were able to get this date and HBO had to check on their side what they were OK with and they were fine with the 24th.”
Jose Sulaiman caused a bit of a firestorm when he spoke of the WBC not stripping Floyd Mayweather of their welterweight title despite being convicted of a felony (which is in their rules). Mayweather is scheduled to begin his 90-day sentence on January 6th for charges of domestic violence against the mother of his three children, Josie Harris.
Sulaiman rationalized to the Manila Standard that while “beating a lady is highly critical, it is not a major sin or crime.” 
OK, in the ensuing aftermath, the Sulaiman and the WBC was then compelled to release this statement on Wednesday afternoon:
“I would like to clarify my feelings about some recent comments of mine and apologize for not finding the right words in English - there are many times when I cannot find the right words to express what I really mean. The comments attributed to me are a complete misrepresentation of my true feelings.
“I am a devoted husband and father of two daughters and have three wonderful granddaughters as well. The Virgin of Guadalupe is my superior saint. I am the person that developed female boxing and I am the person in the WBC that has always been concerned with the protection of women in the ring. I have always been a strong supporter of women’s rights and the protection of women in society. Those are the facts – everybody knows me.
“In my comments, I just meant to say that I have always been in the corner of all the boxers of the world. They are my greatest heroes and, good or bad, I will always be in their corner.
“I know Floyd Mayweather personally and I know that he’s a good person. I know that he accepted a plea deal for a serious offense and I did not intend to make light of that. The judge sentenced him to 90 days, which I think is fair. 
“But I know that Floyd is a good human being with a good heart and I am confident that he will redeem himself with his actions in the future.
“I just wanted Floyd to know that the WBC will always stay strongly in his corner.”
In other words, “Hey, I goofed, but c'mon, I'm not giving up those sanctioning fees that come along with his fights. Are you crazy?! I got a dictatorship to run here!”
No truth to the rumor that Sulaiman named Ike Turner one of his “emeritus champions.”
The word is that Sergio Martinez, the organization’s former middleweight titlist who was just last week guaranteed a shot at Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the WBC Convention in Las Vegas (only to have that promised welched on) will be making a statement repudiating this organization. Just my opinion, based on his stances on domestic violence and bullying, coupled with the way he's been dealt with by the WBC, the only real decision he can make that will have any lasting impact or impression would be to completely cut all ties to this organization going forward.
Besides, Martinez has a deal with HBO he can fall back on that isn't dependent on him having the green belt.
Lou DiBella, who promotes Martinez, said of this situation that sees Chavez Jr. defending the WBC middleweight title against Marco Antonio Rubio, “They're trying to screw Sergio.” So it looks like Martinez will be facing Matthew Macklin on March 17th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, “Yeah,” confirmed DiBella, “if [Chavez]’s fighting Rubio.”
But contrary to some reports, it will not be heavyweight Tomasz Adamek opening up that HBO broadcast.

“Total internet bullsh*t,” DiBella stated of those rumors. “I've never had any talks with Adamek or his manager and I think Kathy Duva's done a very good job with him.”
As for what the co-feature will be that night, he said, “Probably Andy Lee and somebody.”
Speaking of Chavez Jr.-Rubio, that fight will be held on February 4th in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome. The co-feature that night on HBO will feature the battle for the vacant WBO 122-pound title between Nonito Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Here's info on tickets from the Top Rank press release:
Tickets to the Chávez Jr./Donaire world championship doubleheader go on sale this Saturday! December 31 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.
A name I'm hearing for Brandon Rios for March 3rd is Kevin Mitchell out of Britain. One major stumbling block are some legal issues that could keep Mitchell from coming over to the States…Good thing Southwest doesn't charge for rebooking. The funds I used to book my flights for January 28th in Houston, were applied with the credit I had for the Robert Guerrero-Marcos Maidana fight which never took place in San Jose in August. With other airlines, I'd have lost money by now....Recommended reading: Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports by Mark Ribowsky, who tells it like it is about the man who told it like it was...On February 3rd in Chandler, AZ at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, a card featuring Jose Benavidez and Xavier Montelongo Jr. among others...Having my jury duty consist of less than four hours is truly a holiday miracle...Promoter Ahmet Oner says he is leaving Germany. Lucky for Germany...Has everyone calmed down over the release of the Air Jordans? Is it safe to go back to the local mall? Houston we have a problem!: It's the shoes! Money, it's gotta be the shoes! But seriously, they're just shoes; stop the madness...

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