Opening Bell: Seth Mitchell vs Chris Arreola Moved To September 7th

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by Gautham Nagesh

Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions recently informed us the show headlined by a heavyweight battle between Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola has been moved to Saturday, September 7 after originally being scheduled for Friday. The bout will remain at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer made the announcement after learning that the previously scheduled Saturday bout between Julio Cesar Jr. and Brian Vera at super middleweight had been postponed after Chavez sustained a cut in sparring. Schaefer said he typically avoids going head-to-head with his new rivals at HBO, but the show’s cancellation opened up the date and Showtime was OK with the change. This should ensure a slightly larger audience for what we’re expecting to be an extremely entertaining heavyweight tilt, for as long as it lasts. Read Mitchell’s thoughts about the fight from our recent interview here.

Tor Hamer Headlines At B.B. King’s Tonight: Twice-beaten American heavyweight Tor Hamer (above right)is mostly known in boxing for his middle-class background: his parents went to Harvard and Villanova, while Hamer himself earned a degree from Penn State. Hamer can also fight a little bit, as I saw first-hand when be battered fellow Jackson, Mich. native Demetrice King (left) in one of the first fights I covered live for this site.

Hamer has had some ups and downs since then, but he remains a capable and entertaining fighter. Tonight at B.B. King’s in Midtown Manhattan, Hamer will face Trinidad and Tobago’s Kertson Manswell, who has apparently never recovered from his first loss, a stoppage by Bermane Stiverne at the Pontiac Silverdome in January 2011. Manswell has failed every time he has faced a decent fighter, and is riding a streak of four straight losses. We’re picking Hamer to make it five tonight, perhaps by knockout.

Also on the card is Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Nelson, a West Point grad and junior middleweight who is impossible not to root for. As Sarah previously noted, Nelson donates his entire purses to a charity dedicated to helping people overcome spinal cord injuries. The Wall Street Journal recently had an excellent piece on his deeply personal connection to the issue

Feel-good story aside, Melson is in for a real fight tonight in his rematch against Jason Thompson. Thompson scored a flash knockout in the first of the scheduled six rounds, but Melson came back and out-boxed him to earn a draw. 

“A rematch did not have prevalence in my mind, but when the rematch was offered, my competitive spirit immediately smiled. Both Jason and I feel won our first bout against one another, so I know he accepted this match with the same eagerness,” Melson said in a release.

"If everything goes the way I expect it to, I’m only looking to fight in eight and ten rounders going forward. I’ve been boxing more than 10 years so it’s appropriate that I test myself against other up and coming fighters. We have already received offers to face unbeaten opponents but first I’ve got to handle Thompson. I am sure Jason and I both have the same plan - leave it out of the judges’ hands this time."

Still, the best rematch (and fight) on the card will probably be the heavyweight grudge match between Tanzee Daniel and Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis, both of New York. The first fight so enthralled Doc Octagon, his ringside report on it eventually drew Sarah to become a contributor to the site. We’re expecting another “Motherfuckingladyslugfest” in this one too, just two fighters going toe-to-toe for six rounds.

Is it too late for us to make it to New  York for the card from DiBella Entertainement and SMS Promotions?

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