48-year-old Paul Nave (15-8-2, 7 KOs) plans to return to the ring on March 6th in a four round main event at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California. Nave is best known for a trilogy of bouts with former world champion Greg Haugen (he went 1-1-1). His last fight was in December 1999.
WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano’s February 28th mandatory title defense against Rocky Juarez appears to be a no-go. Reportedly Juarez will now challenge unbeaten WBA champion Chris “The Dragon” John. It will be officially announced at a press conference on Thursday in Houston.
Kidney stones have forced Seminole Warriors Boxing junior middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene to pull out of his January 17 challenge against WBC interim champion Sergio Martinez. A new opponent for Martinez is being sought. ESPN reported that Anthony Thompson or Travis Simms will likely step in.
Two-time lightweight champion José Luis “Temible” Castillo (57-9, 48 KOS) returns of January 17th against James Wayca (16-7, 8 KOs) at the Palenque del FEX in Mexicali, Baja California. In the co-feature, Carlos “El Salado” Yañez (16-1, 13 KOs) battles Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (11-5, 9 KOs) for the Mexican super bantamweight crown. TV AZTECA/Azteca América will televise.