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Franco pulls out of world title fight; retires

By Matt Thompson

Featherweight Luis Franco has pulled out of the fight with IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib on March 1. The bout was to be televised on ESPN2 for Dib’s title. Franco, a former Cuban Olympian, apparently decided he didn’t want to box anymore and retired at age 31. After losing his last fight, Franco was fortunate to be getting a world title shot. Word is Franco wasn’t happy with getting “ESPN money” for the fight despite the prospect of big paydays ahead if he held the title.

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