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Forbes sidesteps trainer dilemma

Floyd Mayweather Jr. got his wish.

The WBC welterweight champion’s uncle and lead trainer, Roger Mayweather, will not be in Steve Forbes’ corner for his fight against Oscar De La Hoya.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. had recently voiced concerns that his uncle was jeopardizing his September rematch against De La Hoya, and huge payday, by training Forbes. He warned that if Roger Mayweather didn’t leave Forbes, he might have to find another trainer.

Shortly after Mayweather’s comments went public, Forbes changed trainers, switching to Roger Mayweather’s brother Jeff. Because he and Floyd Jr. aren’t working together, Jeff Mayweather training Forbes isn’t a problem.

“It wasn’t really hard” to switch, said Forbes, who will face De La Hoya in a junior middleweight bout May 3 in Carson, Calif. “I have a relationship with the Mayweathers, and I didn’t want to put Roger in that kind of situation with Floyd. Roger understood.”

Now it will be Jeff Mayweather pitted against brother Floyd Mayweather Sr., who is back as De La Hoya’s trainer.

Forbes said the change hasn’t disrupted his camp.

“I’ve worked with Jeff before,” Forbes said. “Jeff is conscious of everything. He pays particular attention to detail. Every subtle move. Every punch. It’s slightly different than with Roger.”

ALVAREZ SUSPENDED — The Nevada Athletic Commission has suspended Shamone Alvarez for nine months and fined the New Jersey welterweight $10,000 for testing positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, after his 12-round unanimous-decision loss to Josh Clottey on Dec. 20 at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Alvarez, who suffered his first loss in 20 fights, admitted he took over-the-counter supplements to build his strength, but he claimed he didn’t know how the Nandrolone got into his system.

The commission told Alvarez that all boxers are responsible for whatever substances they put in their bodies.

HOPKINS-CALZAGHE OFFICIALS NAMED — Joe Cortez will be the referee for the April 19 light heavyweight showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The judges will be Adelaide Byrd and Chuck Giampa of Las Vegas and Gary Merritt of Indianapolis.

Cortez has worked fights involving both participants. He refereed Hopkins’ fight with Robert Allen in 2004 and worked Calzaghe’s victory over Chris Eubank in 1997.

The Hopkins-Calzaghe undercard has been bolstered by a 12-round middleweight bout between Mexican stars David Lopez and Marco Antonio Rubio. Rubio (41-4-1, 37 knockouts) is ranked No. 4 by the WBC, and Lopez (33-12, 23 KOs) is ranked No. 5 by the WBC.

LATEST ODDS — Station Casinos lists Calzaghe as a 3-1 favorite to beat Hopkins. The take-back on Hopkins is plus-220.

The proposition wager that the fight will go the full 12 rounds is minus-300, with the bet that the fight won’t go the distance at plus-220.

Four fights scheduled for April 12 have lines posted.

Miguel Cotto is a prohibitive favorite to beat Alfonso Gomez and retain his WBA welterweight title in Atlantic City. Cotto is minus-1100, and Gomez is plus-700.

On the same card, Antonio Margarito is minus-190 to defeat Kermit Cintron for the IBF welterweight crown. Cintron, the champion, is plus-160.

In Tampa, Fla., Clinton Woods is a slight favorite over Antonio Tarver to retain his IBF light heavyweight title. Woods is minus-120, and Tarver is minus-110. Chad Dawson, the WBC light heavyweight champion, is minus-400 to defeat Glen Johnson. The take-back on Johnson is plus-300.

Contact reporter Steve Carp at scarp@reviewjournal.com or (702) 387-2913.

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