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Jean Pascal has plan in place
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Former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, who re-signed with promoter Yvon Michel and also brought on co-promoter InterBox in a deal announced Thursday, has a plan in place.

Gatica looks to shine in Boxcino
The Boxcino middleweight tournament rolls on this week with the semifinals of the eight-man tournament on “Friday Night Fights” (ESPN2, 9 ET).

Pacquiao wins, doesn't sell
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Although Manny Pacquiao scored a resounding decision victory against Timothy Bradley Jr. to reclaim his welterweight belt Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the PacMan wasn’t nearly as resounding in terms of his drawing power.

Verdejo back in action in Orlando
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Lightweight Felix Verdejo, a 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian and one of boxing's most exciting prospects, is back in action on Saturday night.Verdejo's scheduled six-round fight against Ivan Zavala (6-5-1, 2 KOs) of Mexico at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Fla.

Expect 'very best' from Quigg
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Whether junior featherweight titlist Scott Quigg was going to face interim titlist Nehomar Cermeno or late replacement Tshifhiwa Munyai, he said fight fans will see the very best from him.

Klitschko defense to air on ESPN
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World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s 16th title defense will be televised in the United States live on ESPN after the network reached a deal on Wednesday with IMG, the company selling the international rights for the bout.

Purse bid for Lomachenko-Russell
Given that featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko is promoted by Top Rank and Gary Russell Jr. works with Golden Boy (although he is not under contract), it is no surprise that the sides have not engaged in a negotiation for the vacant title bout they have been ordered to meet in.

Khan joins Haymon's stable
The stable of powerful adviser Al Haymon continued to grow Wednesday as he added yet another prominent fighter -- former unified junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan of England.

Smith eager to get back in the ring
Super middleweight Callum Smith is one of England’s top prospects, but hand surgery has kept him sidelined since an impressive sixth-round knockout performance against former world title challenger Ruben Acosta in October.

Alvarez takes hard road with Lara
Former junior middleweight titleholder Canelo Alvarez could have picked just about any opponent he wanted and still made a big payday in his July 12 fight.

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