JOHN DUDDY was so fired up about appearing on the Manny Pacquiao v Joshua Clottey bill in Dallas, Texas, on March 13, that he told his manager to get anyone he wanted and he would knock him out.
The opponent Craig Hamilton came up with for the Derry middleweight is Mexico's Michael 'Murder Man' Medina, who has 22 wins (17 inside the distance), one defeat and two draws.
"This is a great opportunity for John," said Hamilton. "It's a great stage for him to show people that he's a genuine world title contender.
"Medina is a step up in class from the last fight (a first round knockout of Juan Astorga two weeks ago) and I expect him to stay around a bit longer, though obviously I expect John to win."
Floyd throws down to 'stronger' Sugar
FLOYD Mayweather Jr will take on Sugar Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 1 in what could be one of the fights of the year.
Mosley has won world titles at three weights in a 16-year career.
"I have said ever since I came back to the sport that I only wanted to fight the best. I think Shane is one of the best, but he still won't be great enough to beat me," boasted Mayweather.
Mosley said: "I have always wanted to fight Floyd and now it's finally coming true. I am stronger, faster and better than he is. I will have no problem beating him."
Hopkins and Jones Jr all ready for rematch
SEVENTEEN years after they last fought, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr will get it on again in Las Vegas on April 3.
"A rematch with Roy has been in the back of my mind for a long time," said Hopkins. "I'm going to end this thing between us once and for all."
Jones, who beat Hopkins on a unanimous decision in 1993, said: "Now I can finally eliminate the Executioner. My new nickname for this fight will be the 'Terminator'."
Gans gets his dues
JOE GANS, world lightweight champion from 1900 to 1908, is to be commemorated with a statue in the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
A fundraising event is being held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards on February 26.
Gans was the first black American to win a world title.