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Williams v. Lara Judges, Klitschkos' Father Dies, Mosley Loses Belts

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By Nick Tylwalk 

It's kind of an off week in the sport of boxing, at least when it comes to big televised Saturday cards here in the U.S. Does that mean there's nothing to discuss, though? Perish the thought! It simply means it's the proper time for...

SHOE SHINING

* Apparently you (yes, you) weren't the only one who thought the outcome of the Paul Williams-Erislandy Lara bout was an outrage. The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board didn't find any reason to overturn the decision, but it did suspend all three judges who scored the fight. Kevin Iole has it right when he says it isn't going to erase the unfortunate loss from Lary's record, but it's clear that those three men don't need to be given the chance to do that to another up-and-coming fighter until they are retrained or at least get some more experience. Don't feel too bad for Lara though, because sometimes a loss that the majority of viewers felt should have been a win can do good things to your career. Sergio Martinez is somewhere nodding right now...

* Sad news for the heavyweight champs as the father of Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko passed away earlier this week.  Vladimir Rodionovich Klitschko died at age 64 of lymph node cancer linked to time he spent near Chernobyl. It's small consolation, of course, but he did live long enough to see his sons accomplish their near total domination of the heavyweight division, which is remarkable no matter how you feel about their level of competition...

* I wish I could think of a new joke that hasn't already been made about Shane Mosley losing his championship belts to his ex-wife Jin in their divorce settlement, but there's nothing that hasn't already been said. At least I feel pretty certain that Jin won't wear them around, and his kids will get them once they each turn 18. So there's that...

* Dan Rafael of ESPN tweeted earlier tonight that Nonito Donaire has worked out his differences with Top Rank and signed a contract extension that will keep him with Bob Arum and company. I hardly need to add what a coup that is, as Donaire is poised to be one of the few boxers with a realistic chance of accepting the torch from Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and becoming one of the top attractions in the sport. He's that good and that charismatic...

* Speaking of Pacquiao and Mayweather, plenty of people seem to be working themselves into a frenzy (again!) over the possibility of the two superstars facing each other now that Floyd has officially rejoined the boxing world. ESPN even made it the Hot Button Topic for this week. I rarely write about it because I don't have much to add, but my feeling is the same as it has been for quite some time: I think they will fight because there is just too much money left on the table by both men if they don't. The situation is obviously more complicated than that, but in this life, money usually trumps everything else. I don't see why Pacquiao-Mayweather would be any different.