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Boxing Gossip with Leann Perez – 4/2/2015

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We’re exactly one month away from one of the biggest fights of our generation. 30 days ’til #MayPac goes down in Las Vegas, and as the anticipation begins to rise, small details of the fight are finally being released.

Even though rumors have been circulating for quite some time, it’s finally been made official (according to ESPN.com) that the pay-per-view event will cost $99 for HD, and $89 for standard def.

This gives the fight a record-high price for a boxing pay-per-view event and up 40 percent over the previous high of $64.95.

The fight is expected to break the $152 million revenue record, set by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez.

Conference calls and media workouts are expected to take place within the next couple weeks. No word of ticket prices or sales have been mentioned at this time.


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Earlier today, Amir Khan announced his next opponent, via his wife’s YouTube channel. Khan announced that his next opponent will be New York’s Chris Algieri.

Khan announced that he would like to fight in New York, particularly the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, simply because he has not fought there before. Algieri is no stranger to Barclays Center, as he put on a stellar performance there last June against Ruslan Provodnikov and won the WBO World welterweight title. The fight is set to take place May 30 at 147 pounds.

Algieri should have no worries about being stuck in the cage this time around, as John David Jackson was announced as his new head trainer earlier this week. Jackson is Light Heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev‘s trainer (via RingTV).


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Brandon Rios put it out there (via EsNews on YouTube) that he’d love to head to England to face Kell Brook. Although he says it’s just a rumor now, and no negotiations have been made, Rios welcomes the fight for June.

Rios took to his Twitter account this week and mentioned that if Brook and his team do not accept the challenge, he will explore the options of facing Jessie Vargas or Timothy Bradley. After Rios’ dominating performance against Mike Alvarado in January, Rios made it clear he’s ready to face whoever.


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Miguel Cotto is rumored to be in talks to face Daniel Geale (according to Boxing Scene) this June. Cotto has been scouting opponents for his return to the ring since signing with Roc Nation Sports.

Many were hoping to see the big title unification fight with Gennady Golovkin. With that dream bout in mind, any opponent that Cotto picks will be a slight disappointment. Though Geale seems to be the front runner, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage and Jorge Sebastian Heiland have also been named as possible opponents.


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The other star at Roc Nation Sports, Andre Ward, is set to make his return June 20 in Oakland, CA. Ward’s faced inactivity since November 2013. No opponent has been named at this time, even though the WBA ordered the Carl Froch rematch to take place.

Last time Ward took on Froch in Atlantic City, so naturally Froch would like the fight to take place in the UK. Ward told Sky Sports Wembley Stadium would be fine, but he is not willing to travel to Nottingham, which is Froch’s hometown.

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