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Abraham-Stieglitz IV on tap
Get ready for the fourth chapter of the Arthur Abraham-Robert Stieglitz rivalry.Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs), who retained his super middleweight belt by decision in a rematch with England's Paul Smith on Saturday, was expected to next defend against former four-time middleweight titlist and fellow German star Felix Sturm in what would be a really big fight in their country.

Notes: Inoue sidelined by hurt hand
A few notes from around the boxing world:• Junior bantamweight titlist Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs), the 21-year-old Japanese prodigy who was a strong 2014 fighter of the year candidate, was supposed to make his first defense in May.

DeGale-Dirrell headed to purse bid
When unified super middleweight titlist Carl Froch, who is injured but looking for a major fight upon his expected return this summer, gave up the IBF belt rather than work out a deal for his mandatory defense against British countryman James DeGale, that meant DeGale would face the next leading available contender for vacant title.

Canelo-Kirkland tour on tap
It's not a pay-per-view fight but junior middleweights Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland, who will fight May 9 (HBO, 9 p.m. ET/PT) at Minute Maid Park in Houston in a fight most expect to be action-packed, will go on a a mini two-stop promotional tour on Tuesday in Texas, both of which are free and open to the public.

Alvarez, Kirkland ready for May 9
When Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao made their May 2 mega-showdown official on Friday night, it had a bit of a domino effect. For one thing, it caused the planned junior middleweight fight between former titleholder Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland, set for the same day in San Antonio, to be moved.

Fury risking mandatory title shot
Tyson Fury, the big (6-foot-9, 260 pounds) and brash British heavyweight contender, has a world title shot coming his way in the near future. He is the mandatory challenger for champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Luke Campbell fights for ill father
Three weeks ago, lightweight Luke Campbell, a 2012 British Olympic gold medalist on a collision course with pal and fellow Hull, England, product Tommy Coyle, withdrew from a March 7 card in their hometown meant to serve as a prelude to their planned summer showdown.

Sites set for Showtime cards in March, April
The sites are set for the “Showtime Championship Boxing” cards in March and April.On March 28, the card headlined by featherweight titlist Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) making his third defense, against Gary Russell Jr.

GGG draws solid number of viewers
A few notes from around the boxing world: • Middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin’s 13th defense and 19th knockout in a row on Saturday against Martin Murray in Monte Carlo averaged 862,000 viewers on HBO, according to Nielsen Media Research.

NBC rounds out PBC broadcast team
NBC Sports rounded out its broadcast teams for the “Premier Boxing Champions” series, which it will televise on both the regular NBC network and NBCSN, beginning with the debut card on March 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with welterweight titlist Keith Thurman defending against Robert Guerrero.

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