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Top trainer Freddie Roach is putting a $1,000 bet on a Manny Pacquiao knockout victory in the first, ninth and tenth rounds, in his Nov. 14 duel with Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I want to make some money,” Roach told a handful of Manila-based scribes after presiding over Pacquiao’s workout Tuesday afternoon at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. “I’m putting $1,000 each on a first round KO win and putting the same money as well for a KO victory in the ninth and tenth rounds.” Roach has been pretty accurate in his predictions lately after steering Pacquiao to a second-round stoppage over Ricky Hatton last May and leading the Filipino to a ninth-round TKO of Oscar De La Hoya late last year. Prior to Pacquiao’s dismantling of the Golden Boy, Roach was right on the money in making a ninth-round KO forecast against David Diaz in June 2008. Pacquiao is the heavy favorite going into the scheduled 12-round WBO welter title match before an expected sellout crowd.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Heavyweight: The defense of champion Vitali Klitschko against Chris Arreola, then the #1 contender was considered Klitschko’s mandatory defense. A deadline of May 1, 2010 has been posed for a final eliminator between #1 Ray Austin and #2 Oleg Maskaev to determine the new mandatory challenger.
Cruiserweight: After a review in June at the NABF convention of the controversial title fight between champion Giacobbe Fragomeni and challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, a rematch was ordered. Fragomeni will now defend against former WBO light heavy champ Zsolt Erdei, with the winner mandated to fight Wlodarczyk. That fight is an ordered rematch, and NOT a mandatory defense. Current #2 rated Herbie Hide would be in line for a mandatory challenge after that.
Light Heavyweight: Jean Pascal will fight a rematch with former champion Adrian Diaconu on December 11. Chad Dawson will fight Glenn Johnson in a rematch for the interim title this Saturday. Each winner will then be mandated to fight each other in a “unification” of the WBC title.
Super Middleweight: Both Gary Shaw and his fighter Andre Dirrell addressed the board of Governors per the recent fight between Dirrell and WBC champion Carl Froch. Dirrell explained his lifelong desire to fight for and win the WBC green belt. “I didn’t get that belt so I couldn’t put it around my grandfather’s waist. I’m not here to gain favor. I’m honored to be here and to fight for the WBC. This whole thing is beautiful, being here at the convention. I thank you Jose and your son Mauricio. I look forward to the opportunity of fighting for the WBC belt again.” Shaw went to bat for his fighter reflecting on the repeated fouls committed by Froch- throwing Dirrell to the ground, elbows, and more. “We look forward to the chance to fight a rematch with Carl Froch.”
WBC Board member Charles Giles rebutted that he watched the fight twice and still felt Froch won the fight. “Froch is still undefeated, a great fighter, and has never made any excuses for his performance in the ring. For his part, President Jose Sulaiman explained that a seven judge panel reached an agreement that a rematch would be favorable, but not to interrupt the Super Six tournament in doing so. “We have made a commitment to support the Super Six and want to stand by our word. We will make a communication to Showtime per the rules of the tournament, and go from there.”
Middleweight: Champion Kelly Pavlik made his mandatory defense on February 26th against Marco Antonio Rubio. Due to repeated injuries of Pavlik, Sebastian Zbik fought for and won the interim title against Domenico Spada on July 7, 2009. Pavlik’s situation will be discussed at a later date during the convention.
Super Welterweight: A ten count was sounded in the memory of champion Vernon Forrest. Ron Rizzo of DiBella Entertainment, explained that Champion Sergio Martinez accepted the fight with Paul Williams, after Williams’ fight with Kelly Pavlik fell through. However, Williams is not willing to come down to 154 lbs., so Martinez wants to go up to 160 lbs. in a nontitle fight. The WBC accepted this request, with a mandatory due by Martinez after the Williams fight.
Welterweight: Andre Berto took the microphone and reflected on being a WBC champion. “I am a very proud champion of the WBC. Sometimes I can’t sleep at night and I push my girl out of the bed and lay the belt next to me!” Ron Rizzo of DiBello Entertainment requested that Berto be allowed to defend his WBC title in the January 20, 2010 unification match against WBA champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley. President Sulaiman replied with an explanation of the machinations behind the fight between mandatory challenger Luis Collazo and Berto in Biloxi, Mississippi in January, 2009. In that instance, WBC officials were not allowed to officiate their own title fight. Next, conditions of allowing a unification with Mosley were offered: Mosley would need to apologize for throwing the interim WBC belt in the trash (figuratively) by opting for fight Antonio Margarito for the WBA title only. Another scenario with Collazo and Selcuk Aydin fighting for an interim title could happen. Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez commented that Mosley would be informed of the WBC’s request. Both conditions were approved by the board of governors.
Super Lightweight: An elimination was ordered between #2 Ajose Olusegun and #3 Ionut Dan Ion (Jo Jo Dan) for the mandatory challenger status. Terms of the fight have not been agreed upon by representatives or promoters of the fighters to date. A six man tournament was recommended by President Sulaiman to determine a mandatory challenger to champion Devon Alexander. With #1 rated Manny Pacquiao tied up with his fight against Miguel Cotto on November, the remaining #2 through #7 fighters could compete. They are: #2 Ionut Dan Ion, #3 Ajose Olusegun, #4 Ali Cheebah, #5 Cesar Cuenca, #6 Prawet Singwancha, #7 Jung Bum Kim.
Lightweight: Champion Edwin Valero will make a voluntary defense on December 19th against Hector Velasquez in Venezuela. Newly crowned interim champion Antonio DeMarco will face the winner. With Valero’s U.S. visa problems, where that bout takes place is a bone of contention. DeMarco’s promoter Gary Shaw adamantly exclaimed, “I can tell you I’m not taking DeMarco to Venezuela!”
Super Featherweight: Champion Humberto Soto will make his final defense on December 12 before moving on to lightweight. Interim champion Humberto Gutierrez will fight Vitali Tajbert on November 21 in Germany. That winner will be the full WBC champion after Soto’s abdication.
Featherweight: Champion Elio Rojas is in negotiations with #5 Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo for a voluntary defense at the moment. President Sulaiman opened the floor for comments on the idea of a tournament. Reactions were mixed from various promoters. The board of governors however did approve a tournament involving the top six available contenders. Sulaiman also vehemently opposed a rumored fourth match between Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez. “Those two will kill each other. They are such warriors, one or both will be finished after a fourth fight.
Super bantamweight: Mandatory was made by champion Toshiaki Nishioka against Jhonny Gonzalez in May and has a year before his next mandatory is due.
Bantamweight: Hozumi Hasegawa will make his tenth title defense on December 18th against Alvaro Perez. He may abdicate his throne to move to Super bantamweight afterward. A final eliminator between #1 Simpiwe Vetyeka and #2 Abner Mares was ordered, possibly or the vacant title if Hasegawa indeed moves up.
Super Flyweight: Unified champion Vic Darchinyan will defend against interim champion Tomas Rojas on December 12 in Rancho Mirage, California.
Flyweight: Daisuke Naito will defend against Koki Kameda on November 29, with the winner to fight interim champion Pongsaklek Wongjongkam.
Light Flyweight: Edgar Sosa will defend November 21 against multiple title challenger Rodel Mayol. If he does indeed vacate as is rumored, the top two available contenders will fight for the vacant title. Former Champion Omar Niño Romero is currently rated #1.
Strawweight: Champion Oleydong Sithsamercahi will fight interim champion Juan Palacios November 27 in Bangkok. The winer will have one year to make their next mandatory defense.
By Rick Scharmberg
WBA #7 and IBF #13-ranked welterweight contender, Mike “MJ” Jones (18-0, 15 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania returns to the ring this Saturday at Bally’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jones will face Raul Pinzon (16-3, 15 KOs), of Barranquilla, Colombia in a ten round contest. Jones will be making his third start of 2009, having bested another Colombian, Dario Esalas, and Lenin Arroyo earlier in the year. In the co-feature, Gabriel “King” Rosado (12-4, 7 KOs) and Latif Mundy (8-1, 3 KOs) will meet in an eight round all-Philadelphia junior middleweight rumble. Both fighters are coming off hard-fought defeats, and are eager to get back on track. Peltz Boxing is promoting the card. (more…)
Hard-punching Jason “The American Boy” Litzau. from St. Paul, Minn. faces relentless Johnnie “The Lumberjack” Edwards from Aiken, N.C. tonight (Nov.4) at the Marine Corps Air Station New River, for the vacant North American Boxing Federation super featherweight championship. The special show, will start at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and will feature some of the most exciting performers in the sport, highlighted by three bouts that will be nationally televised as a presentation of Square Ring Promotions. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
The rematch between junior welterweights Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi will occur on December 12 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, Fightnews has learned. The site in Chicago beat out two other potential venues in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight, a rematch of a controversial decision win by Diaz in August, will be a 50-50 co-promotion between Lou DiBella (Malignaggi’s promoter) and Golden Boy Promotions (Diaz’ promoter). A press conference will likely be held next week to officially announce the fight.
Three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto hits the mitts with trainer Joe Santiago during a packed media day in Los Angeles Tuesday for his upcoming “FIREPOWER” world welterweight championship fight against six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Undefeated lightweight knockout artist John Molina, Jr. (18-0, 14 KO) will battle Martin Honorio (26-4-1, 14 KO) on November 28 in the headliner of a ShoBox: The New Generation telecast on SHOWTIME from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The ten rounder will be an NABF title bout. Four of Molina’s Goossen Tutor stablemates are slated for undercard action. Rico Ramos (13-0, 8 KO) puts his perfect record on the line against the very tough Alejandro Perez (14-1-1, 9 KO) in a scheduled eight-round super bantamweight tilt. Charles “Killa” Whitaker (34-12-2, 22 KO) will be featured in a junior middleweight contest. U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada (6-0, 6 KO) will be after his seventh straight win in a four-round super middleweight bout. U.S. Olympian Javier Molina (2-0, 2 KO) has a welterweight four-rounder on tap. Tickets are $35-$65.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Former WBC youth bantam champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (25-1, 15 KOs) impressively grabbed the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific youth 118 lb title as he annihilated Filipino Jilo Merlin in the opening round on Saturday at Municipality of Kaomaikaew in Banbung, Chonburi, Thailand. The Thai fighter surprisingly attacked his opponent and rapidly destroyed the Filipino with a tough left hook following by a right shot, scoring a KO for a full-ten count at 1:32 of the opening round. Pungluang who lost his WBC youth belt to Stephane Jamoye in a controversial decision on May 9, is now targeting for the WBO title shot. With his impressive victory, his supporters expect that the Thai prospect will be ranked in the WBO top-15 very soon. Click here for more photos…
By David Finger
It was just announced that former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (23-3, 14 KO’s) will make his highly anticipated return to the ring this weekend on the undercard of the Nikolay Valuev versus David Haye fight in Nuremburg, Germany. The PPV card is already one of the most talked about heavyweight fights in some time, and the addition of the former champion will undoubtedly add to the electricity of the event. Although his opponent, Jeremy Bates (22-16-1, 18 KO’s) is not seen as much of a threat, he is a fighter who has fought numerous contenders, and a dominant performance from the “White Wolf” could propel him into the world rankings. “He’s a tough guy,” commented Liakhovich, “he fought many, many good guys. But I’m looking to get back into the ring and that’s it. I am not looking at who he fought or anything.” (more…)
At the midway point of training camp preparation for his first shot at a world title and his first bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, undefeated American boxer Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and his trainer Virgil Hunter have declared they are on schedule and building momentum toward the November 21st meeting with WBA Super Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. (more…)
Shea Bailey Promotions Inc. and KO Kings Promotions will present its first installment of “Atlanta’s Fight Night” for 2009 on Saturday, December 12, 2009 live at Center Stage Arena in Atlanta. The main event features “Ominous” Omri Lowther (13-1, 11 KOs) of Atlanta Ga facing off against three time world title challenger Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (26-5, 13 KOs) of Atlanta Ga. for the NABA super featherweight title. Lowther will be looking to carry his winning streak through to Atlanta as he faces off against his toughest test to date. Lowther is coming off an impressive victory in the Bahamas against Juan Carlos Batista (18-1, 12 KOs) for the WBA Feda Caribbean Title. Antonio Davis will take his future into his own hands looking to come back from a loss to Humberto Soto (49-7-2, 32 KOs) for the WBC world title March. Davis is no rookie to big fights and looks to use his experience to his advantage and come home with the victory. Tickets are $59, $49, $39 or $29 and can be purchased through TicketMaster. Doors open at 7pm and the first bell is at 8pm.
It did not take David Haye long to make his presence known in Germany. Shortly after arriving at the renowned Hilton Hotel in Nuremberg on Monday, he caused a stir, insisting he could not sleep well in his bed. He wrote in his online diary at www.thesun.co.uk: “When I reached German soil I was guided towards a disgusting hotel, with a dingy room. After a quick call or two, we managed to depart the rancid lair with our legs and arms still intact. We actually ended up at a lovely five-star hotel, though we had to pay for the five-star privilege. Still, if it saves us from the guaranteed Black Death of the first place, it will be well worth the price.” (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Junior welterweight prospect Vernon Paris (16-0, 11 KOs) makes his long awaited return to action in the main event on promoters Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions show on November 13 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Undefeated Paris, having had his last two wins changed to no contests by the state commission due to post fight drug testing issues, is scheduled to come off a long suspension in time for his bout against an opponent TBD. Paris appears before the state’s Unarmed Combat Commission on this Friday at which time it is expected he will be re-licensed to compete. Before being suspended after his last bout nearly 18 months ago, “Ice Man” Paris was progressing well, working his way towards a national ranking. His Motown fans are hoping he can pick up where he left off. (more…)
WBA heavyweight title challenger David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye believes the sound of opponent Nikolai Valuev crashing to the canvas on Saturday, November 7 will surpass the noise generated by fireworks on Bonfire Night (an annual Nov 5 celebration in the U.K. highlighted by fireworks). After the fireworks on Thursday, Haye is plotting the downfall of the 7-feet-2-inch, 330lb ‘Beast From The East’ in Saturday in a PPV telecast beginning at 3PM ET/noon PT. “I’ve dreamed of the moment Valuev falls to the canvas and I truly believe it will be one of the most jaw-dropping knockouts of all-time,” says Haye. “Winning any fight by knockout is a bonus, but being in a position to knock out a giant is an exciting proposition. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Heriberto Ruiz (42-8-2, 24 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, will clash with Jackson Asiku (25-3, 13 KOs) at the Parramatta Leagues Club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday with IBO featherweight title up for grabs. Ruiz lost a split decision in an IBF 122 pound title bout against Steve Molitor in 2009. He defeated highly regarded Rey Bautista in 2008 and also holds a win over current IBF featherweight champion Cristobel Cruz. Ugandan born Asiku has been based in Australia for several years and had the best win of his career in 2009 when he became the first man to stop former IBF 130 pound champion Gairy St Clair by scoring a TKO win in nine rounds. The promotion will be televised nationally on Fox cable television. Promoter Angelo Hyder.
In a testament to Manny Pacquiao’s worldwide appeal, PacMan will appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” tonight beginning at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT on ABC. Manny will be appearing with Pamela Anderson. Manny will be driven to the Jimmy Kimmel Live studios in Hollywood in “The PacMan Express,” a custom-designed luxury bus.
At the Commerce Casino for TKO Boxing Promotions’ “Kardashian Charity Knock Out” tonight.
Leo Santa Cruz 120 vs Julio Valadez 121.5
David Garcia 147.5 vs Javier Romero 144.75
Ivan Redkach 133 vs Keith Kelly 131.5
Hastings Bwalya vs Alfredo Rivera*
Fidel Maldonado Jr. vs Anthony Ramos*
* Weighed in late
During a preliminary discussion on day 2 of the 47th WBC World Convention in Jeju, South Korea, President Jose Sulaiman made clear the WBC’s intentions to enter the world of amateur boxing. The idea of supporting amateur boxing through funding, instruction, sponsoring tournaments, leading toward a “World Cup,” was commented on by the gathered board of governors and promoters first with mixed feelings. While many felt it was an endeavor to support, others felt it to be an uphill battle with the existing amateur boxing powers that are AIBA, USA Boxing as well as other national amateur organizations throughout the world. Commented President Sulaiman, “The WBC is a reformer. AIBA is a monopoly. If AIBA wants to shake hands- fine. If AIBA wants war- they’ll have war!” (more…)
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler has resumed training in California. “The Viking Warrior” departed Copenhagen on Saturday morning after holding a brief press conference at the airport. “We had a good flight and got here safely,” Kessler said. “We have perfect conditions here in Sacramento. I am adjusting well to the time difference – the great weather certainly helps!” Kessler will take on up-and-coming Andre Ward in their opening Super Six World Boxing Classic clash in Oakland on November 21.
Fightnews is sad to announce the passing of Hall of Fame referee Lou Filippo, who died Monday in Los Angeles. After a career as a pro boxer in the 40s and 50s, Filippo became a world class referee, working many world title fights. He also appeared many Hollywood films and TV shows (including the Rocky movies), almost always as a referee. He was inducted into both the World and California Boxing Hall of Fame. He retired from refereeing in 2005. Filippo was 83.
Chicago fan favorite Donovan “Da Bomb” George will battle “Notorious” Jason Naugler of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the ten round main event on Friday, November 6th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. The George/Naugler bout headlines “Windy City Fight Night 7” an outstanding evening of action packed professional boxing. Advance tickets, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800).
World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today that the long-awaited lightweight title unification bout between reigning champion Jamie Varner and interim champion Ben “Smooth” Henderson will take place on Sunday, Jan. 10 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. In addition to this explosive championship clash, WEC also confirmed the return of former featherweight champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber, who will be facing top-ranked contender Raphael Assuncao in his hometown of Sacramento. (more…)
Russian boxing stars invade the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, on Saturday with WBO #4 featherweight Andrey Isaev (21-1, 7 KO’s) against Derrick Campos (20-6, 11 KOs) as the headliner. “I am very excited about this fight. Both fighters are on winning streaks. It will be a great main event,” said promoter Brian Halquist. Also on the card are up and coming featherweight Vyacheslav Gusev (16-2, 3 KOs) and lightweight Alishir Rahimov (19-0, 11 KOs). “This is a great opportunity for both the Russian and U.S. fighters,” said Halquist. “Gusev and Rahimov have built their record in Russia and haven’t fought western fighters. This will be a true test for all of these fighters. Ultimately, the fight fans are going to witness world class fighters competing.” Gusev is facing Thomas Snow (11-1, 8 KOs), while Rahimov takes on Aaron Dominguez (10-3, 6 KOs). Tickets are $75, $40 and $25. Call 253-594-7777.
Three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto is attended to by trainer Joe Santiago and camp coordinator Bryan Perez in Las Vegas during final preparations for his upcoming “FIREPOWER” world welterweight championship fight against six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Two-time and reigning World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai “The Russian Giant” Valuev isn’t letting constant trash- talking by 3-time world cruiserweight champion David “The Haymaker” Haye get into his head as he makes final preparations for Saturday’s “David vs. Goliath” world title fight being broadcast in North America live on Pay-Per-View from Nuremberg, Germany. (more…)
Report & photos by Emily Harney
The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) concluded their annual Medical Seminar on Ringside Safety on October 17th at the Mohegan Sun Resort Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Leading ringside physicians, fighters, trainers, managers, promoters, commissioners and media from around the world were in attendance. The meeting, which began on Thursday, October 15th, included lectures and presentations by the most experienced and respected ringside officials in boxing and mixed martial arts. Click here to read the full report, including the the recipients of the 2009 AAPRP Awards . . . click here for more
By Ricardo Conde
Welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs) from Whittier, CA, famed for season one of “The Contender” reality show, will face Jesus Soto Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs) on November 14th for the WBC Continental Americas welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV on the Pacquiao vs Cotto “Firepower” undercard which will be shown live on HBO PPV and is being promoted by Top Rank. “We’re preparing for Karass to be 100% in shape, coming forward and not stopping so we’ll go 10 rounds if necessary. I’m ready to be in the spot light again like I was before and I’m slowly climbing my way up. Karass is definitely a tough challenge and beating him would let people know that I’m here to stay.” Click here for more photos…
Another boxing highlight on the November 28 “Universum Champions Night” card at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. WBA #2 rated super middleweight Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) will face #3 Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs) will meet for the vacant WBA super middleweight championship as Mikkel Kessler has been elevated to super champion. “With the experience from my first world championship fight, and my three victories since, I am prepared very well for this big title shot,” said Sartison. “With my coach Magomed Schaburow, whom I’ve been with for 13 years, we will approach this difficult task against Bozic calmly and with the usual precision. I will get this belt for Germany. I owe it to my loyal fans here!” The card is headlined by the heavyweight rematch between Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) and Luan Krasniqi (30-4-1, 14 KOs). Also featured is a huge cruiserweight collision between WBA #1 Grigory Drozd (32-1, 24 KOs) and Alexander Alekseev (18-1, 16 KOs).
A new-look Team Ruiz has arrived in Germany to make final preparations for Saturday night’s 10-round fight between 2-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, the current WBA No. 1 rated contender, against former IBU champion Adnan “Aachen Assassin” Serin on the Nicolai Valuev-David Haye pay-per-view card live from Nuremberg, Germany. Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) agreed with the promoters for Valuev and Haye to “step aside” as the WBA “Official Challenger.” By defeating Serin (19-10-1, 7 KOs), he is guaranteed a title bout against the Valuev-Haye winner by the end of May, 2010. (more…)
Postfight report by David Finger
Photos by Chris Cozzone
It may not have been the most dazzling victory of his career, but after scoring a decisive decision over Mexican former champion Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas in El Paso, Texas this past Friday, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr looks poised to make a serious run at another world title fight . . . Click here for more
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