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Bute, Pascal doubleheader on PPV
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With HBO and Showtime not interested in airing a Dec. 6 card featuring former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute and former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal in separate bouts from the Bell Centre in Montreal, where they are both stars, the card will air on pay-per-view in the United States.

Macklin set for Heiland, eyes Cotto
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Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin is going into his world title eliminator against Argentina's Jorge Sebastien Heiland knowing a win will lead him to an eventual fourth shot at a belt.

Ex-featherweight titlist Dib back in action
Former featherweight titlist Billy Dib (37-3, 21 KOs) of Australia returns to action Friday against Indonesia’s Ruben Manakane (14-11-1, 9 KOs) in Melbourne in a junior lightweight bout scheduled for 12 rounds.

Expect Caballero's 1st defense to be at home
As an up-and-coming fighter, Randy Caballero of Coachella, California, fought 18 of his first 20 professional bouts in the home comforts of Southern California, with most of those fights coming at the Fantasy Springs resort in Indio, where he developed a healthy fan following.

Gearing up for a new season of 'FNF'
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The return of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” can’t come soon enough, right? Well, the network powers that be are in the process of planning the early part of the new season.

Lara-Smith title bout in works
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A few notes from around the boxing world: • The fight has not been formally announced yet but junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) is supposed to defend his belt for the first time against former titlist Ishe Smith (26-6, 12 KOs) on Dec.

Lemieux hopes to crash middleweight party
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Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin and junior middleweight star Canelo Alvarez may one day face each other in what would be a huge pay-per-view fight.

Gonzalez, Estrada on collision course
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For those who have not been paying attention, this is a great time to be a fan of the flyweight division. Sure, it doesn’t get much love from the major boxing TV networks in the United States, but that doesn’t change the fact that there have been some excellent fights recently, with another likely to happen in the early part of 2015.

Expect Pacquiao to fight regularly in Macau
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These Manny Pacquiao fights in Macau are not just a one-shot, or even a two-shot, deal. As long as Pacquiao remains a top draw, expect the Filipino legend and boxing’s only eight-division world titleholder to fight in the Chinese gambling capital annually for the foreseeable future.

Aguilar re-elected as NSAC chairman
A few notes from around the boxing world: • Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar was unanimously elected to a second one-year term at the panel’s monthly meeting Monday in Las Vegas.

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