June 8, 2001

Ringside Notes

HARRIS AND SCOTT TO HAVE A BLUE JUNE: On June 15 at Philadelphia's famed Blue Horizon, Vivian Harris will headline an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" fight card when he battles Golden John-son in a 10 round junior welterweight bout. On May 19 Harris (17-1-1, 14 KO's) returned to the ring for the first time since recovering from an October 2000 stabbing to pummel Hector Arroyo in one round (TKO 1). Golden Johnson (20-4-2) is the current NABF welterweight champion, and a former NABF and NABA lightweight champion. The co-feature bout pits Billy Irwin (34-4) against Dorin Spivey (26-2) in a 10 round lightweight bout. Main Events matchmaker Carl Moretti hopes to match the winner of the bout against undefeated lightweight phenom Francisco "Panchito" Bojado... Undefeated heavy weight prospect Malik Scott will box in a six rounder against an opponent yet to be determined. In his last bout on May 19, Scott (4-0, 3 KO's) destroyed Robert "Big Dawg" Anderson in two rounds (TKO 2). Anderson was one of world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman's sparring partners for his April 27 title-winning bout against Lennox Lewis...

JUDAH, TSZYU IN PREVIEW TO FALL SHOWDOWN: On June 23 IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah (26-0, 20 KO's) and WBC/WBA jr. welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu (26-1-1, 22 KO's) will headline a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader from Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. In the first co-feature bout, Judah will make his fifth title defense when he fulfills his mandatory requirement by challenging Aarhus, Denmark native Allan Vester (18-0-1, 3 KO's) in a 12 round bout. In the second co-feature bout, Kostya Tszyu fulfills his WBC mandatory requirement by challenging Istanbul. Turkey native Oktay Urkal (28-0- 10 KO's) in a 12 round bout. The Judah/Tszyu doubleheader is expected to be the two champions' final bouts before their highly-anticipated Fall 2001 unification showdown.

BOJADO AND DIAZ TO APPEAR ON JUNE 23 UNDERCARD: Undefeated lightweight sensations Francisco "Panchito" Bojado and Juan Diaz will highlight the June 23 undercard. Bojado (5-0, 5 KO's) will box in a televised six rounder against Brooklyn, NY resident Gleen Forde (9-5-2, 4 KO's). In his last bout on May 19, Bojado annihilated Ernesto Fuentes in one round (TKO 1). The tough Mexico City, Mexican was dropped twice before the referee called a halt to the contest... Diaz (9-0, 6 KO's) will box in a non-televised eight rounder against an opponent yet to be determined. In his last bout on May 19, Diaz skipped his senior prom in Houston, TX, and instead scored a first round knockout over Carlos Navarez (TKO 1). Diaz dropped Nav-arez with a left hook midway through the round, and then flattened the Denver, CO native for the 10-count with an overhand right. The May 19 bout was Diaz's first since dropping to lightweight. Ringside observers commented that Diaz looked quicker at the weight. Main Events COO Gary Shaw says Diaz may drop even further. "I want Diaz to find his optimum weight. He may be able to drop down to 130 lbs. We'll explore the possibility."... On Saturday, June 2 Diaz graduated from high school (Contemporary Learning Center). In addition to finishing fourth in his class with a GPA of 3.8, Diaz also received an award for "Graduating With Highest Honors." Contemporary Learning Center is a member of the Houston Independent School District.

MISCELLANEOUS

Former IBF junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas (21-1, 19 KO's) will return to the ring on September 22 on HBO. It appears at this time that Vargas will challenge Jose "Shibata" Flores (42-8, 24 KO's) for the vacant WBA jr. middleweight championship... Undefeated super mid-dleweight bomber Jeff Lacy (3-0, 3 KO's) suffered a hairline fracture in his left hand during his May 19 demolition of Tony Pope and will not return to action until late August... Undefeated Paterson, NJ lightweight contender Freddie Cadena (8-0, 6 KO's) is featured in the "New Faces" section of the August 2001 issue of Ring magazine... Francisco Bojado is featured in the "Hot Prospects" section of the September 2001 issue of Boxing 2001—a sister publication of Ring magazine... When asked about a timeline for a Bojado title shot, Gary Shaw answered, "In the next five fights Main Events plans to position `Panchito' for a junior title fight".

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