Paul Williams vs Nobu Ishida a No-Go / Fight is Kiboshed
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (May 19, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing)
Paul Williams
Dan Rafael of was the first to report that after giving a thumbs-up to Nobu Ishida as Paul Williams' foe on July 9th, HBO rescinded its original decision. I've been told that this kibosh didn't just come from the heads of HBO Sports, Ross Greenburg and Kery Davis, but from the higher-ups above them. 

OK, moving forward, Williams needs an opponent for July 9th- a night where rival Showtime has a very good looking main event of Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon. What I would do is insist he faces Sergiy Dzinziruk, just like the network did with Sergio Martinez back in March. In this case, you are killing two birds with one stone. Not only is it a representative fight but since you already have a commitment to bring back Dzinziruk (who people may still not know how to pronounce), you might as well tab him. 

On the other hand, the Williams camp can accept or reject anyone they choose. However, HBO has an obligation to its subscribers (who are still kinda important, last I checked) to uphold a certain standard in its programming. This here represents a positive step in that direction.

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