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Delicate balancing act for Oscar De La Hoya
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Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya is putting his money where his mouth is.For the past several months, since assuming day-to-day control of the company in the wake of the resignation of CEO Richard Schaefer in June, De La Hoya has preached nonstop about his desire to work with all promoters and networks to put on the best fights possible.

Hopkins-Kovalev media picks
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The Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight unification fight, which takes place Nov. 8 (HBO) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is unquestionably one of the biggest matches of the year.

Michael Katsidis hoping to play spoiler
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Australian lightweight Michael Katsidis, who has been in several thrilling brawls and is one of boxing's most revered action fighters of the past decade, said he is ready to bring the heat when he faces England's Tommy Coyle on Saturday at the Ice Arena in Hull, England.

Notes: Arreola return in planning stages
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A few notes from around the boxing world:• Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs) could return Dec. 11 on an ESPN2 boxing special in honor of his late promoter, Dan Goossen.

In search of title, Caballero hits the road
Randy Caballero earned his shot at a world title by going overseas and he'll also have to win it overseas.Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs) will challenge England's Stuart Hall (16-3-2, 7 KOs) for a vacant bantamweight world title at the Salle des etoiles in Monte Carlo on Saturday (ESPN3, 1 p.

Gonzalez's first flyweight defense on tap
A few notes from around the boxing world: •  Flyweight world champion Roman Gonzalez (40-0, 34 KOs), who won an alphabet title and the lineal championship via his ninth-round knockout of Japan’s Akira Yaegashi on Sept.

Martin Murray card live on ESPN3
As soon as Gennady Golovkin finished his second-round annihilation of Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday night, the discussion turned to who would be his next opponent when he returns to action in February in Monte Carlo, where has fought twice before.

GGG big on TV as well as at arena
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Good boy Gennady Golovkin’s second-round knockout of Marco Antonio Rubio -- GGG’s 18th KO in a row -- to retain his middleweight title for the 12th time on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, was a rousing success at the gate to the tune of a standing-room-only crowd of 9,323 as well as on HBO.

Goossen Promotions carries on
After promoter Dan Goossen died at age 64 on Sept. 29, just a few weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer, there were many questions about what would happen to his company, Goossen Promotions.

GGG expects a huge 2015
CARSON, Calif. -- Middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin fought four times in his breakout 2013 and hoped to do it again this year. But when his father died unexpectedly, Golovkin withdrew from an April fight, leaving him with only three appearances this year.

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