FRIDAY’S COLUMN A MIXED BAG OF TRICKS!
HBO LATINO AIRS UPSET FROM VEGAS…If you have DirecTV and the HBO package, it was only in recent monthsthat HBO Latino was added to the mix. Thanks go to HBOSports CEO Ross Greenburg, who told me in November after I complainedabout such that, "Ill take of it Pedro." Having that done, lastnight I sat there stunned watching HBO Latino as KasimOuma convincingly lost his IBF 154 lb. title to RomanKarmazin., HBO LATINO AIRS UPSET FROM VEGAS…If you have DirecTV and the HBO package, it was only in recent monthsthat HBO Latino was added to the mix. Thanks go to HBOSports CEO Ross Greenburg, who told me in November after I complainedabout such that, "Ill take of it Pedro." Having that done, lastnight I sat there stunned watching HBO Latino as KasimOuma convincingly lost his IBF 154 lb. title to RomanKarmazin. The scores after 12 were 118-110, 116-110, & 117-11, allfor Karmazin who decked the betting favorite Ouma twice in the third!…GoldenBoy Promotions had just given Ouma a $400,000 signing bonus…MichaelKatz of Max Boxing wrote that Ouma was seen vomitingafter a workout earlier in the week. He must have been sick, because beforelast night, I didnt even have him and Roman in the same tier at 154…FALSEADVERTISING IN CALIFORNIA? The proposed July 23rd card at the SanJose Events Center put tickets on sale for "Bloodlines"last week at www.ticketmaster.com with a main event of Hector CamachoJr. vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Camacho Jr., hewas never going to fight Chavez Jr. period! Even with the change, they arecharging $200 for ringside, yikes! Chavez Jr. on top in a six, with localamateur standout Jose Perez in theco-feature. Neither Top Rank nor FernandoBeltran has anything to do with this show. Thiswas set up by a confidant of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. It looks like a financial bloodbath as it comes two days afterthe H.P. Pavilion airs one oftheir successful Thursday night cards. And seeing that the actual promoter (seemark or scrub) doesnt have a promoters license, they are using a"front man" in Manny Cota of Burbank, CA! Chavez Jr., with Chavez Sr. supposedly workingto promote the event are going to get between $90 & $110 K…VIACOMSPLITS WITH CBS…SORT OF…Viacom and CBS, a big merger half a decade ago, are being split up intoseparate companies. This comes after the Viacom stock value dropped better than40% in five years! CBS, Showtime,and the UPN networks are one,while Comedy Central, Nickelodeon,and MTV comprise the secondentity…AM I MISSING SOMETHING?OK, I really am not getting the Vitali Klitschko methodology. Granted, Calvin Brock is a deserving challenger, and a traditional boxer per se. Buttop rated Hasim Rahman, he can boxand fight "ghetto," which makes him the far more dangerous foe rightnow. And lets be honest, Vitali has fought fat guys since becoming the WBCtitleholder. Hey, Corrie Sanders, Kirk Johnson, Danny Williams, all three of them had breasts a lot of chicks would envy!Vitali should fight the #1 rated contender period! LAS VEGASGRAND JURY UPDATE: Theyre still hearingtestimony in "Sin City" about sins committed by people who work at TopRank, this in addition to a number of otherboxing people…My psychic says by the end of summer…MAYWEATHER& GATTI A FORTNIGHT LATER: FloydMayweather Jr. and Arturo Gatti, together they did over 350,000 homes on HBO PayPer View at $44.95 a pop June 25! It would benice to see Floyd and World champ Ricky Hatton face each other. But they tell me that at the very least itwould take over a year to set up. And would the ever so-confident Mayweather goacross the pond and meet Hatton in front of an estimated outdoor crowd thatcould exceed 40,000? DI BELLA & ARUM, STILL THE HATFIELDS& MC COYS: Top Rank promoter Bob Arumis saying that its Lou Di Bellasfault that DBEs newly crowned WBAlightweight (135 lbs) champ Levander Johnson wont meet the ascending in weight Erik Morales. With a purse offer of $600,000, Arum would probably be thefirst to say that Johnson has probably never made a tenth of that prior! WHATSUP WITH "SUPER V?" I called BrianViloria a number of times lately and got noanswer or voicemail…AUGUSTUS IMPRESSIVE LAST FRIDAYEmanuel Augustuslooked like "Sugar Ray" Augustus last week as he hammered Ray Oliveira into submission on ESPN. For the record, Emanuel is 31-24-6, with 16 KOs…See youSaturday morning, right here at www.RingTalk.comwith our final look and prediction on Bernard Hopkins-JermainTaylor. Pedro FernandezContact thewriter Pedro@RingTalk.com