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Some quick news briefs to tickle your fancy… Juan Diaz Signs w/ Golden Boy File this one under “news you already knew was coming” but former lightweight champion Juan “The Baby Bull” Diaz (33-1, 17 KOs) has signed on to fight under Oscar De La Hoya’s promotional company, Golden Boy Promotions. Diaz is coming off his first professional loss to cagey vet Nate Campbell earlier this month in Mexico.  Those will remember that Diaz verbally agreed to fight for Golden Boy Promotions when his first promotional contract with New Jersey based Main Events expired a few years back.  A sour taste was left in the mouths of many when Diaz, at the advice of manager Willie Savannah, pulled a last second switch signing on to fight under Don King’s promotional banner.  Terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet but it’s with little doubt that if anyone can properly market Diaz’s compelling story and wholesome good image it would be the Golden Boy. Valero Cleared to Fight in Texas Super featherweight titlist and YouTube sensation Edwin Valero (23-0, 23 KOs) has been cleared to fight in Texas according to his Japan based promoter. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, governs the all boxing and MMA matters, recently approved Valero’s application for a boxing license.  Valero was but on medical suspension after an MRI before a fight in New York uncovered damage to his skull, the result of a motorcycle accident in Valero’s native Venezuela.  As a result Valero had been denied a license to box here in the United States.    Good news for this humble blogger who just happens to call the Lone Star state home… Thoughts on Casamayor-Katsidis Going into this lightweight title fight I favored the Cuban vet to pull out a victory by the slimmest of margins over the game but limited Katsidis. Though I would have never called for it to end by way of knockout!  Casamayor has long been a fighter hovering at the top of my “boxer’s I can’t stand list” but I have to give credit where credit is due, the man can fight.  In his bout last Saturday, he showed that you can never count out a crafty veteran in this sport. What I am not too pleased is the fact that he seems to have little interest in unifying the lightweight division by taking on Nate Campbell.  I understand that Casamayor is not long for the sport and is looking to cash-in while his stock is high but I don’t think Morales, Barrera, or Pacquiao are going to accept his invitation to fight.  Me thinks that Casamayor will have to settle for a rematch with Campbell as his options seem to be limited. Vs. Kudos to the Vs. Network for stepping up an airing the Ricky Hatton – Juan Lazcano fight from Manchester, Eng. For a minute there it appeared that we here in America would be hard-pressed to view it as both HBO and Showtime opted to pass on it.  For Vs. it offers an opportunity to actually air some world class boxing that is not part of Top Rank’s Legend of the Ring series.  So far that series has been the only beneficial outcome of the networks partnership with Top Rank.  After all, how many Tye Fields suckfests can viewers be forced to view before we start rioting in the streets?  I share Tim’s hopes that Vs. becomes more of a player in showcasing boxing as the more the merrier I say.  Ugh…. Seriously, does anyone give two *bleeps* about this Friday’s showdown between Kassim Ouma and Cornelius “K9” Bundrage.  While this may be a battle between two genuinely likable guys if there was any justice this bout would be a “loser leaves town” match.

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.