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Charlo stops Lubin with 1st-round KO.

Jermell Charlo easily defends his 154-pound world title after knocking out Erickson Lubin in the first round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Santa Cruz pleases fans with TKO over Avalos.

Leo Santa Cruz connects on 52 percent of his punches by the fourth round, punishing Chris Avalos with a TKO stoppage in the eighth round of their main event at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

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Is Groves, Eubank Jr the fight of the decade?

ESPN's Steve Bunce reviews the potential fight of the decade between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr in the World Boxing Super Series semi-finals.

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Heavyweight Alexander Ustinov and former world title challenger Manuel Charr are set to fight Nov. 25 at the Koenig-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, organizers announced. They are attempting to have the bout sanctioned by the WBA as an official eliminator for the right to face Fres Oquendo for the organization’s secondary title since the sanctioning body owes Oquendo a title fight from a ruling in U.S. federal court and he has no opponent since Shannon Briggs was ousted from the bout because of a failed drug test. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Ustinov (34-1, 25 KOs), 40, of Belarus, has won seven fights in a row against lesser opposition since an 11th-round knockout loss to Kubrat Pulev for the European title in 2012. The 6-3, 245-pound Charr (30-4, 17 KOs), 33, who was born in Lebanon and fights out of Germany, was stopped by Vitali Klitschko in a 2012 world title fight and has won two in a row since a fifth-round knockout loss to Mairis Briedis, who dropped down in weight and later won a cruiserweight world title. Charr, who survived a gunshot two years ago, will be fighting six months after having hip replacement surgery.

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The deal is done for former secondary junior lightweight titlist Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) to face former title challenger Robinson Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs) on Nov. 25 in an HBO-televised bout at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The deal was finalized on Monday, a source involved in the event told ESPN. The 10-round fight will take place on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev-Vyacheslav Shabranskyy light heavyweight bout. The Sosa-Castellanos winner will get the chance to fight again on HBO for a world title, either against the winner of Saturday’s HBO main event between titleholder Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8 KOs) and Alberto Machado (18-0, 15 KOs) or the winner of the December HBO fight between titlist Miguel Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) and former titlist Orlando Salido (44-13-14, 31 KOs). Castellanos will be hoping for a rematch with Corrales, who edged him by 10th-round technical decision on July 15 on HBO.

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Charlo stops Lubin with 1st-round KO.

Jermell Charlo easily defends his 154-pound world title after knocking out Erickson Lubin in the first round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Santa Cruz pleases fans with TKO over Avalos.

Leo Santa Cruz connects on 52 percent of his punches by the fourth round, punishing Chris Avalos with a TKO stoppage in the eighth round of their main event at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

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Mares bloodies Gutierrez for unanimous victory.

After nearly a year off of fighting, Abner Mares dominates Andres Gutierrez and halts the fight in the 10th round due a deep cut to Gutierrez.

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Barroso stops Maldonado Jr. with body punch.

Ismael Barroso sends Fidel Maldonado Jr. to the canvas with a short left body punch, resulting in a sixth-round stoppage.

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The Contender boxing reality series, which aired from 2005 to 2008 with the initial season on NBC, followed by two on ESPN and a fourth on Versus, could be returning, this time to Epix, multiple sources with knowledge of the talks told ESPN. Epix did top-level boxing from 2011 to 2013 and showed interest in getting back into it in recent months. It nearly closed a deal to air the World Boxing Super Series tournaments but ultimately bowed out, but the network still has an appetite for the sport, sources said. If Epix officially signs off on bringing the Contender back, pre-production could start as soon as next month with the new season to air in 2018. MGM, which owns Epix, also is part owner of Contender co-creator and reality TV superstar producer Mark Burnett’s studio. However, there are also those at Epix, according to sources, advocating for the money that would be spent for a season of the show – in the $25 million neighborhood -- to instead go to buying significant fights. That kind of annual boxing budget would compete with HBO and Showtime.

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Andre Ward, who announced his retirement in September, has relinquished the last of his three light heavyweight world titles. WBO president Paco Valcarcel told ESPN on Wednesday that Ward has vacated and that Main Events, promoter of former unified titlist Sergey Kovalev, is petitioning the organization to sanction Kovalev’s fight with Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) on Nov. 25 (HBO) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York to be for the vacant belt. Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) lost the titles to Ward last November by controversial decision and then lost by eighth-round knockout in the June rematch, though Kovalev’s team complained bitterly about the final punches being low blows that were not called. Valcarcel said the WBO’s championship committee has not yet made a decision on whether it will sanction Kovalev-Shabranskyy for the vacant world title.

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WBA president Gilberto Mendoza has clarified his organization’s light heavyweight title world situation. There were three titleholders – a situation Mendoza is in the process of changing to get down to one titlist per weight class -- in super champion Andre Ward, regular champion Badou Jack and interim titlist Dmitry Bivol. Ward has retired and Jack vacated, getting rid of two of the belts. That leaves only Bivol. Mendoza told ESPN that Russia’s Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) will be elevated to the full titleholder. His fight against Australia’s Trent Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KOs) on Nov. 4 (HBO) in Monte Carlo will be an optional defense. The winner of the bout will be ordered to face the organization’s leading available contender within 120 days.

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Garcia: 'We are ready for this fight.'

Abner Mares' trainer, Robert Garcia, talks about training camp for Mares' featherweight title defense against Andres Gutierrez in New York on Oct. 14.

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Two months before junior lightweight world titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), a junior featherweight titlist moving up two weight divisions, will square off on Dec. 9 in the main event of a Top Rank ESPN card at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, Top Rank announced that the 5,500-seat arena has sold out. The fight, which matches two of the world’s top fighters pound for pound, will be the first time that boxers who have both won two Olympic gold medals will meet as professionals. "This is the Big Apple's second-hottest ticket on the secondary market next to Bette Midler's Broadway smash, 'Hello Dolly,'” quipped Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.

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Former long-reigning flyweight and junior bantamweight world titleholder Omar Narvaez is returning from a 16-month layoff on Saturday. Now fighting as a bantamweight, Narvaez (46-2-2, 24 KOs), a 42-year-old southpaw from Argentina, will take on New York-based Russia native Nikolai Potapov (17-0-1, 8 KOs), 27, in a world title elimination fight at Estadio Obras Sanitarias in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Narvaez has won three fights in a row against lesser opposition since losing his junior bantamweight title by second-round knockout to Japan’s Naoya Inoue in December 2014. Potapov’s last fight was on March 10, when he won a 10-round split decision against Antonio Nieves, who got stopped by Inoue in the sixth round in September. Potapov trained in Detroit with Javan “Sugar” Hill, nephew of the late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. “I had an intense training camp in Detroit with Sugar Hill,” Potapov said. “This is our second camp together and I feel like I am getting better every day.”

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Cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru and Thabiso Mchunu will square off for Bejenaru’s regional title on Nov. 25 at the Mohegan Sun resort in Uncasville, Connecticut, Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia announced on Tuesday. Bejenaru (12-0, 3 KOs), 33, a Moldova native fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, has bumped off undefeated opponents in his last two fights on Showtime’s “ShoBox” series, Alexey Zubov and Stivens Bujaj, though he has been idle since last November. Mchunu (18-3, 13 KOs), 29, a southpaw from South Africa, has bounced back with a victory since suffering a ninth-round knockout loss challenging world titleholder Oleksandr Usyk on HBO in December.

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Ringstar Sports promoter Richard Schaefer has announced the undercard for Murat Gassiev’s cruiserweight title defense against Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals on Oct. 21 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. In addition to tournament alternates Mateusz Masternak and Stivens Bujaj meeting in a 10-rounder and junior middleweight contenders Maciej Sulecki and Jack Culcay squaring off in a semifinal title eliminator, the rest of the card is packed with prospects. New Jersey welterweight Julian Rodriguez; Freddie Roach-trained 2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis; heavyweight Efe Ajaba, a 2016 Nigerian Olympian; junior middleweight Money Powell IV; Kosovo welterweight Skender Halili; and Nigerian cruiserweight Wesley Apochi will all appear.

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Klitschko: Joshua a great ambassador for boxing.

Wladimir Klitschko believes the sport of boxing is in safe hands with current WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

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Junior middleweight world titleholder Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) is scheduled to fight on Dec. 2 in the main event of an HBO card at Madison Square Garden in New York in what he has repeatedly said will be the final fight of his career. But who the 36-year-old Puerto Rican legend will face has been a matter of much speculation. There has been talk of a possible fight with former middleweight titlist David Lemieux and lightweight titleholder Mikey Garcia has called him out, saying he would go up in weight. However, multiple sources with knowledge of the conversations, told ESPN that Cotto, the only Puerto Rican man to win world titles in four weight classes, likely will defend his title against Sadam Ali in his final fight. Ali (25-1, 14 KOs), 29, a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn, New York, shares Golden Boy as a promoter with Cotto. Ali is coming off a wide decision win against Johan Perez on July 29 and has won three fights in a row since he got knocked out by Jesse Vargas in the ninth round of a vacant welterweight world title fight in March 2016.

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Ricky Hatton is one of five new names to appear on the new International Boxing Hall of Fame ballot. The former two-division world titleholder is eligible for the first time and excited. Here's what he told me: “When you first lace the gloves on as a 10-year-old being in the Hall of Fame isn't even on your radar. It's an impossible dream. Didn't think I could be a world champion but I did. But to be nominated to possibly go in the Hall of Fame alongside the greatest names in the sport would have to be my proudest achievement.”

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Lightweights Richard Commey (25-2, 22 KOs), 30, of Ghana, and Roman Andreev (20-0, 14 KOs), 31, of Russia, who were ordered negotiate a world title elimination bout on Aug. 11, could not reach an agreement. Therefore, the IBF on Friday set a purse bid for Oct. 17 at noon ET at its headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey. The sides could still make a deal up to 15 minutes before the bids are unsealed. The fight is to determine the mandatory challenger for world titleholder Robert Easter Jr. (20-0, 14 KOs), who won the vacant belt by split decision against Commey in September 2016.

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Bunce: A new lease of life for Crolla or Burns.

Steve Bunce makes his pick for the battle of the British boxers between Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns.

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Bellew: Haye persona 'fake.'

Tony Bellew criticised David Haye's public persona ahead of their fight at the O2 in December.

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Hearn expects Bellew to win Haye rematch.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says that after watching the first fight, he fully expects Tony Bellew to beat David Haye again.

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Is the Haye-Bellew rivalry genuine?

Steve Bunce discusses the rivalry between David Haye and Tony Bellew ahead of their rematch in December.

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Plans are in the works for an HBO-televised card that would take place either Dec. 9 or Dec. 16 and be headlined by a fight between junior lightweight world titleholder Miguel Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) and Mexican countryman and former titlist Orlando Salido, multiple sources with knowledge of the plan told ESPN on Wednesday. No site is set but one source said the sides have agreed to a deal, though it is not signed yet. Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs), 25, won a 130-pound title by 11th-round knockout of Francisco Vargas in January and retained the belt by lopsided decision against mandatory challenger Takashi Miura on July 15. Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs), 36, has been in a slew of action-packed slugfests and become a fan favorite. The co-feature under discussion is a fight between Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KOs), 27, of Philadelphia, who has won 18 fights in a row, and Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17 KOs), 29, of Japan, for the junior lightweight world title that became vacant when Gervonta Davis was overweight for an Aug. 26 defense and stripped.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Haye tips Ferdinand for boxing success.

David Haye says Rio Ferdinand's career as an elite sportsman sets him up well for success in boxing.

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After a calm opening, the verbals have finally started. Haye questioning Bellew's motivation. Bellew: "This is just another fight. David is just another guy I'm going to beat."

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The Sergey Kovalev-Vyacheslav Shabranskyy HBO card on Nov. 25 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York is undergoing a makeover. The main event remains but the initial plans for a junior lightweight co-feature between former titlist Orlando Salido and Jonathan Oquendo have been scrapped and the card is being expanded into a tripleheader, multiple sources with knowledge of the plans told ESPN. Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) is ticketed to appear in the co-feature against an opponent to be determined. Also, terms have been agreed to for the opening fight, which would pit former secondary junior lightweight titlist Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) against Robinson Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs) with the winner in position to challenge titleholder Jezreel Corrales, should he defeat Alberto Machado in the main event of HBO’s Oct. 21 card. Castellanos is aiming for a rematch with Corrales, who edged him by 10th-round technical decision on July 15.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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