A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Although there have been no announcements yet on the broadcast team for Spike TV’s telecasts of Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series, the host of the monthly cards will be Dana Jacobson, according to multiple sources with knowledge of her hiring. Female broadcasters in high-profile positions in boxing are rare. But Jacobson is an experienced broadcaster. She spent 10 years at ESPN working as a “SportsCenter” anchor and co-host of “First Take.” Jacobson currently works at CBS Sports Network on college football, basketball and the NFL and also worked the NFL playoffs for CBS.
Spike TV’s first boxing card is March 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The welterweight doubleheader will feature former titlist Andre Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) against Josesito Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs) in the main event with former titleholder Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) facing Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs) in the co-feature.
• Heralded junior middleweight prospect Erickson Lubin (8-0, 6 KOs) of Orlando, Florida, was slated to face Rodolfo Quintanilla (14-4-3, 11 KOs) of Mexico in the eight-round co-feature on this week’s “Friday Night Fights” (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 9 ET) until Quintanilla was ruled out of the fight on Thursday when he failed his blood test. According to a source, he tested positive for hepatitis. The new plan is for Lubin to face Michael Finney (12-1-1, 10 KOs), who agreed to the fight and was on his way to the site, although he had not yet signed a contract. Finney had been training for another fight in a few weeks. To accommodate Finney taking the fight on short notice the weight limit was adjusted to 157 pounds. Middleweight contender Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) faces Abie Han (23-1, 14 KOs) in the main event.
• Although nothing came of it, middleweight champion Miguel Cotto recently engaged in talks with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports about a possible deal, according to multiple sources. Cotto, although proclaiming loyalty to Top Rank, is a promotional free agent and a sought-after one as well given his stature in the sport. Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) knocked out Sergio Martinez in the 10th round to win the middleweight title last June and has not fought since. His next move is unclear, but a proposed May fight with Canelo Alvarez fell apart. Cotto has also been prominently discussed as a possible Floyd Mayweather Jr. opponent in a rematch should the talks for a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in May fall apart yet again.